The work performance of your employees is closely linked to your company or business’ growth. They both go hand-in-hand, just like peanut butter and jelly. The better and more effective your employees get their job done, the more opportunities you have to get your business off the ground.
We can also say that employees are the lifeblood of your company as they are one of the pillars that help your business succeed. That said, 59% of employees claim they had no workplace training, and the skills they have are mostly self-taught.
It’s always crucial for the managers or employers to make sure that the company provides their employees with the expertise they need to fulfill their role and make a positive impact on your business.
One of the most powerful ways to achieve that is to give effective employee training. Below are some actionable and handy tips for effective employee training to enhance knowledge and skills as well as keeping them engaged.
#1. Define and Understand the Goals
As an employer yourself, you need to define the goals and objectives of the employee’s training itself in the first place. Ask yourself, “how will this training eventually prove beneficial to the company?” By doing so, you can keep the training on track and understand which areas you need to focus on.
Defined employee training goals and objectives also help you to have a solid understanding of what employees’ skills are most pertinent to address current or future company needs or ones that will provide the biggest payback in the future.
#2. Understand Employees' Current Skill Level
It is almost impossible to have a group of employees with the exact same skill level. By understanding the employee's current skill level, you can create a more customized and personalized approach to give each of them proper, efficient training.
You don't have to waste time teaching all the basics for a quite advanced and skilled employee -- even if they are new in the company. To make the training process easier, you can separate the group into smaller ones based on their skill level.
#3. Think of Training as a Valuable Investment
Because it is. Giving your employees proper training before they have any tasks done is one of the best ways to make sure they do it not only right but also efficiently. So, instead of seeing training as an expense, you need to change your perspective and start stressing training as a valuable investment for your company.
Professional and well-thought training will create not only skillful employees but also happy, satisfied, and productive employees. It helps you reduce turnover rates and keep their performance improving. This can be a long-term investment in the growth and development of your workforce.
#4. Create Employee Training Videos
Providing employees with fun and engaging training programs is the key to keeping them motivated while learning and improving their performance. You can create training videos so they can learn at their pace, anywhere, and at anytime.
Training videos or employee onboarding videos (for new hires) allow employees to practice the skills as they’re watching or even pause them in between as they practice the steps to apply those skills or perform tasks. Instead of printing out those bulky training materials that can be daunting for the employee to read all of them, you invest in professional-looking training videos instead.
#5. Give Adequate Breaks
Employee training programs do not have to be so daunting and exhausting. More than 94% of employees agree to stay longer if the company invests in employee training, but if you make them learn all day -- not stop, they will only resign early instead of developing their skills. Therefore, it's crucial to give them ample break time.
Adequate breaks also help the employee to do other tasks they would normally be doing. This increased flexibility will make it much easier for them to focus during the training.
#6. Follow Up on the Outcomes
The employee training process is not all about giving them hours of lectures or one-sided information. What's more important is following up on learning outcomes. Make sure you do review and gain feedback from employees.
Evaluating the learning outcomes is an ideal way to ensure that all things employees learned were intended and necessary to ensure the new information is being utilized.
When employees have all the training, skills, and knowledge they need, your business will operate more smoothly and reap all the benefits it deserves. Skillful employees can better cater to your customers and avoid any accidents or mistakes that can harm your business.
With all those essential best practices mentioned above, you can now conduct your own well-planned employee training programs effortlessly. Of course, your employee training program may take some time, costs, and effort, but all of it is worth the payoff.
This is a guest blog from Andre Oentoro, Founder, Breadnbeyond.