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Why Should You Invest in the Training and Development of Your Staff?

12.06.2016

When a company brings on a new employee, it’s often easy to fall into the trap of assuming that the employee’s knowledge and expertise will be sufficient to provide continuous and uninterrupted workflow. This can happen if the employer is unable to provide the employee with quality training or development programs which would increase their expertise and upgrade their knowledge over time. These types of employers may not be aware that the success of their company is directly connected with each employee’s qualifications and expertise. Therefore, if they don’t invest enough time and resources into the training and development of their staff, no significant growth will ever happen to get more out of each employee.


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There are several methods that can help your employees gain valuable and engaging training without breaking the bank. A good training program will enable your employees to improve their productivity, while at the same time strengthening the employee-employer bond and building a mutual trust. Providing the opportunity for your employees to learn a new skill and stay up-to-date is something which will keep them enthusiastic and motivated. Now that we’ve mentioned why it’s important to invest in employee training, here are some points which you should consider implementing in your own training and development plans.

 If You Want to Retain Your Best Employees, Offer Online and In-House Training

Quality employees will always choose a workplace where they are respected, motivated, engaged and able to develop professionally- a workplace that offers them the most benefits so that they can fully tap into their creativity and expertise.

Each employee absorbs information differently, so providing your employees with the ability to choose between online or in-house training methods will allow them to choose whichever suits them best. Some of the employees will go for in-house training since learning in a hands-on approach with a presenter will allow them to understand the information better. On the other hand, providing an online course is something that will grant them a more direct approach to the materials, although it may lack the ability for them to ask questions anytime something is unclear. Nevertheless, employees should have both alternatives available so they can choose the best fit or even decide to use them both when possible.

Furthermore, identifying or in some cases even developing a mobile app is another educational, modern, and interactive way for your employees to learn on the go. Since they can access this kind of app on their mobile phones or tablets, they will likely use it more frequently and therefore get the most out of it. This could also be applied to virtual employees who need training prior to starting work. This type of online learning will be especially useful for employees constantly traveling and enable to learn wherever they feel most comfortable or have the time to do so.

 If You Expect Long Run Success, Your Employees Are the Future

Investing in something with a timely ROI is every entrepreneur’s end goal, right?  Well, you should think of your employees as an asset which will bring in new business and more work to your company once they are professionally developed, well-trained and equipped with the right knowledge, expertise and skills. If you invest in employees so that they can become valuable assets, they have the opportunity to be successful, making your company successful as well. Investing in your employees will enable you to save and earn money in the long run; nothing can grow and flourish out of neglect!

Planning in advance is an important part of developing a good training strategy. Your own employees and the work they do will guide your decision on which skills and abilities you’d like to improve through training. You should also consider hiring employees who are eager to learn new things, grasp changes and are willing to work outside of their comfort zone. Change isn’t always easy to grasp so make sure you’re investing in the right team!

 

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Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-burrus/training-your-staff-harne_b_5674741.html

https://www.entrepreneur.com/topic/employee-training

http://www.inc.com/chad-halvorson/5-reasons-you-should-be-investing-in-employee-development.html

http://www.skills.sa.gov.au/for-employers-business/training-your-staff/benefits-of-training-your-staff

http://blog.ncirl.ie/blog/top-5-reasons-to-invest-in-staff-training-and-development