Too often, business owners neglect employee training, giving into the necessary day-to-day tasks. That’s a problem for a business that’s trying to grow and succeed; employee training can make all the difference in the success of your business. From the time you hire an employee, and throughout their tenure with your business, you should be equipping them with the skills they need to succeed on the job.
You know that when you hire a new employee, there’s going to be some amount of training. They need to know what you expect from them, as well as your operating and safety procedures. The importance of employee training goes so much farther than that, however. Here are some additional reasons employee training matters:
- Employee satisfaction. Employees who receive proper, and ongoing, training are more satisfied. When you take the time to train your employees, you equip them with the tools they need to do their jobs well. That can save your employees from the frustration of uncertainty on the job or sub-par performance reviews.
- Employee growth. Good, hardworking employees usually want to see movement in their career. They push hard, and they want to succeed. By providing your employees with ongoing training, you provide them with the opportunity to grow their skills and further their career, with you. That can help you to retain employees long term.
- Increased engagement. When you invest in your employees, they know it and they appreciate it. Training programs let your employees know that you value them, their skills and their advancement. When employees are engaged, they work harder and are more satisfied, and they are supportive of your business’s success.
When to train your employees.
Employee training should not end with new employee orientation. Continuing education allows your employees to sharpen their skills. It can remind your employees of operating procedures they might have gotten lax on, which can improve your business’s consistency and efficiency. Training also can teach your employees new techniques and procedures to help them do their jobs better. Here is when you should be training your employees:
- Upon hire. Of course, you know that new employee training is important. Consider going beyond a quick office tour and run-down of procedures. Make sure your new employees know where to turn with questions. Consider a mentoring program that pairs them with a seasoned employee who can help them as they acclimate to their new role with your company.
- When they’re managing other employees. Leadership skills are important, and your managers play a major role in employee satisfaction, day-to-day operations, and business success. Make sure you are training your managers on a regular basis so they have the tools they need to coordinate and motivate the rest of your team.
- On an ongoing basis. Don’t let up on your employee training over time. Regular training helps to keep your employees focused and efficient. Just because your team has been on the job for a while, there’s still room for improvement through training!
Train your team for success!
Whether it’s regular in-house training, employee retreats, or conference and workshop attendance, make sure that your business model includes training opportunities for your employees. Your business’s success hinges on your employees’ success, and good employee training will lead to both!