For most companies, the amount of time spent recruiting employees is substantial. You should take time finding the right people to represent you and your brand. You want to make sure employees fit with your culture, core values, and have the necessary skills to do the job well. If you’re knocking it out of the park with your recruiting you are not stopping there. Instead of rushing to find “someone who can do the job” you are looking for rock stars. But what training and development tools are you offering these rock stars after their initial orientation?
If you expect the best of the best to work for you, then be prepared to nurture and develop them. Is your company guilty of not having a true continuous training or learning program in place? If so you’re not alone, but don’t find comfort in that. Be aware you may be losing some truly great talent. We need to change the mindset that training begins and ends with new employee orientation.
Let’s take a football team as an example. Picture your favorite college or NFL team getting ready for a game. Their preparation doesn’t just happen the week before in practice. The players train for weeks, months, even years to get to their level. And there are many people involved in this training – the head coach, coordinators, position coaches, trainers, and the players themselves. You expect the team to improve week to week, getting better and better throughout the season; and the individual players throughout their career. This can’t happen without all that training.
Now think to your company. Has it built a training program that will continuously develop its employees? If so, great! You’re ahead of the curve. If not, what are you waiting for? There are obvious benefits to well-structured continuous training:
- Improved employee morale: Your employees not only perform better at their jobs (and hopefully move up the ladder), but they are happier when they have the confidence that comes from continued learning.
- Less supervision required: When there is consistent training and communication, your employees have less questions and require less supervision from managers.
- Fewer accidents and/or errors: When your staff is highly trained, they make fewer mistakes. It’s as simple as that.
- More loyal workforce: Providing long-term training and development lets employees achieve new milestones in their career. When people see a true growth path they are more likely to remain loyal to the company, knowing they can have a rewarding future.
- Increased productivity: Employees are more productive from continued learning programs because they have increased confidence and the proper skillset to perform at their peak.
If you are just beginning to implement training programs within your company, these benefits may not show instantly. However, you should begin to plant the seed for continuous learning and development now. Here are a few ideas to get you off and running:
- Hold regular one-on-one meetings with your direct reports. These meetings are a great time to talk about your employee’s career path or any concerns he/she has.
- Hold weekly team meetings. Each week everyone reports on what they did the past week and what they will do in the following week to help the team reach its goals.
- Establish lunch and learns. Pick a new topic every month and have an employee present their knowledge on the industry subject. Everyone learns something new; plus you get some team bonding over lunch together.
- Create an office library. Have books available for your employees to check out for free. You can provide the books or ask employees to contribute to the library.
There are many other ways to bring training and development to your team. The above ideas show that training doesn’t always have to involve a manual, webinar, or official orientation. So, what will be your first step in starting a real, genuine training program?
For more information on the training and coaching available for your BoomTown platform, contact your Success Manager or our Customer Support team.