Many employees do not like weekly training meetings. Well, training is probably not everyone’s cup of tea, even for the owner, as it’s quite expensive to host trainings, especially for small businesses.
Yet small businesses that invest in the training of their new employees seem to earn higher revenues and frequently have excellent goal achievement compared to those that don’t deem employee training important.
What we should keep in mind is that training is an ongoing process. It’s like normal daily activities — eating and drinking. You can’t drink 7 gallons of water today and then stop drinking water for a one month! Proper training requires constant attention all throughout the course of your business, thus laying the basis for steady development.
If you want your company to succeed, consider these essential tips on training your employees.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WEB TRAINING COURSES
Web training courses are available to help train your employees. Of course, you are responsible for informing them about your current and future goals and business practices. However, web programs make it easy to instruct them in the basic elements of managing your business.
For example: you have an IT department that takes care of technical problems in your business, but other employees can be trained in IT basics to equip them in handling minor technical issues. A few companies provide short and snappy IT webinars that don’t cost much.
ASSIGN SKILLED EMPLOYEES TO BECOME YOUR TRAINERS
Small businesses do not need to train a lot of employees. But, as your business grows, you will need more and more skilled and well-trained employees as your time to tend to some business matters decreases.
But don’t stress! You don’t have to be there yourself. You also don’t need to hire an expert trainer. You can utilize your skilled employees as the official trainers of new employees. Just think carefully who you will assign to particular training sessions. You will surely find someone who has the skills and valuable experience to train the rest of your employees.
For example: look for an experienced employee who has superb communication skills. Appoint him to teach others that skill. Try organizing a monthly training seminar on that particular topic.
Offer trainers some type of incentive, such as cash bonus or extra time off for every training session they manage. This would probably encourage more of your experienced employees to become trainers.
SET MEASURABLE GOALS
Every aspect of your business must have a good and workable plan, including your scheduled regular meetings and your interviews with your clients. Subsequently you will also need to set training goals. There must also be a means of measuring whether the company is reaching its training goals or not.
Spend some time with your staff to discuss and clarify training goals. Think of ways to accomplish these then find out how to assess and measure their progress.
One idea is to use monthly reviews to pinpoint any issues with the training. Assessments will tell you whether or not you have succeeded in attaining your goals or not, and which areas need more attention.
MAKE THE MOST OF THE GENERATION GAP
In every business there are generation gaps among employees. Exceptions are few. There may be some younger employees in your company who like playing with their smartphones during breaks and taking selfies. Then there are older employees who probably prefer to read the news while drinking their cup of coffee.
You can get plenty of insights from having a multi-generational staff because of their varying opinions about various matters. Meantime you may also find the required training for them to close those gaps.
It is important to recognize that some employees learn differently from others. Perhaps, creating individualized training sessions can help them close that gap.
ENCOURAGE YOUR EMPLOYEES TO ACCEPT TRAINING
It would be wonderful to have employees who do not need any special motivation to accept something new and love training. But that is very rare. Only a small percentage of employees love to learn.
More often than not training does not appeal to employees. They can make your training sessions a living nightmare. So you need to learn how to encourage them to consider training more positively.
One good way to do that is to know the interests of your employees. Then incorporate them when you conduct your trainings. That will get their attention and help them to apply the knowledge you have equipped them with.
All fields of business organize training seminars to keep them updated on modern developments. If you have a small group of employees, you could take them one by one to at least one seminar every year.
If you manage a big company, just send a small group of your trustworthy employees to these seminars. Then ask them to share their newly-acquired knowledge with their co-workers during special meetings. While it costs you, it will also pay you.
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