We all understand how it is much better to teach a man to fish instead of giving him a fish. Basically, when you teach him to fish you are giving him a set of skills he can use all his life.
In the office, many employees are given the fish, because it is cheaper and quicker to solve the problem right away than to teach the employees how to do it by themselves through training.
Nevertheless, you should never underestimate the power a knowledgeable and strong staff can have long-term. Training boosts morale and creates positive attitudes. It’s also a lot more cost effective to train your current employees than hire new ones to do what they can’t do.
Here are 5 tips to help you set a successful employee training platform that ensures your company stays ahead no matter what happens:
1 – Establish expectations and quantify results
- There has to be a reason behind the training you are offering your staff. Define what you want to achieve and what you want your staff to learn. Establish goals and expectations, and quantify results to ensure the training course is delivering.
2 – Get good training materials
- The materials you need will depend on the goals you have established. Today you can choose between classroom sessions, e-learning, and training videos, among others; so, you also have to think about the best delivery approach.
Invest in your people
- Training is expensive; but if it meets your goals and expectations, the return on investment will be huge. As soon as your people know how to fish, they will be capable of feeding themselves, and your investment will show its rewards.
Ask for feedback
- It is important – and you should make it a habit – to ask your staff for feedback before and after every training. This will tell you what kind of courses interest them, it will also highlight the importance of forthcoming training, and finally, you will know how the training was perceived.
Present different training tools and resources
- Regular training and learning options help you develop a culture of learning that lets your staff grow professionally and personally.
By presenting your staff with different training tools and resources, you make sure top employees stay with you, because they understand the value of training; and as your company grows, it will have the expertise to handle the most-up-to-date technology and latest developments.
Mark Doyle is a freelance writer who lives with his dog Smokey in the Pacific Northwest and learns best through e-learning.