If you are searching for somewhere to learn more about employee training, then I think I can teach you a thing or two. Since you are smart enough to be investigating this topic, I’m assuming you already understand the importance of training and development of your employees. Congratulations! Not all managers readily accept that fact.
Good managers know that a well trained workforce is more efficient, more flexible in their skills and abilities, and more likely to stay at a company that invests in them. So, you appear to be a good manager. But let’s get back to the topic of employee training.
To begin, there are many different employee training methods. There is no ‘right’ way to train your crew. To some extent, each company or organization is different and must find their own path to a successful employee training program.
When you launch your training program, keep a few things in mind:
Define very clearly what you want your training program to accomplish and what areas to focus on. You may want to start small, with just a specific business unit, or a single shift, before attempting to make it reach across the entire organization.
Stress to your team that management has elected to invest in their skills for the betterment of the employees themselves, as well as for the good of the company. Intelligent employees will understand and will appreciate the effort, as well as the money being spent on their behalf.
Choose wisely who will be your trainer(s). The wrong person who gets stuck in the roll of training employees without their ‘buy-in’ can kill your program before it gets started. Change is tough for a lot of people, and they may fear the training. Look for someone with the skills necessary to train who is also enthusiastic and can champion the program in your absence.
Measure results! I’ll say that again. Measure results! Upper management can quickly kill a program that is costing money if you cannot show hard data that reflects the improved skills and abilities of the workforce. Show efficiency, falling failure rates, less waste, etc. Charts, numbers, percentages… Measure before you start, then track progress.
Engaging in employee training and development with strong discipline can turn an average company into a world-class operation if everyone is sold on the change, and you can dedicate enough time and energy into ensuring the program’s success. A good disciplinary policy can make a huge difference to your employee training.