If you follow a strategic training approach in your business, the positive impact on productivity and morale can be remarkable. What is training like in your business?
Are you wasting money through ineffective training?
For example, do you send employees on external training when considerable savings and a better result could be achieved by hosting a tailored, internal event?
Are some employees going for long periods without receiving any learning opportunity, resulting in possible stagnation? Is the training you organise clearly linked to the goals of the business?
A proactive, rather than reactive approach to training in the workplace, aligned to the business plan, is always more effective. Here are three steps you can take:
Hold structured interviews with key players in your business, to probe for training needs. Use a funnel approach; look at the company, the team and the individual.
Cross check your findings and examine available metrics such as employee absenteeism levels, yields and customer comments.
Here are some of the situations that create the need for training:
It is common to be over-ambitious. It is better to focus on priorities, commit and complete a small amount of training, rather than putting a strain on resources and ending the year missing targets. Factors to be considered:
Once a strategic training plan has been approved, it can form the basis for training activity for the year, to be reviewed at regular intervals. Each item on the plan should be stressed tested. Sometimes employees are sent on training to solve a problem - when the solution lies elsewhere.
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