Effectively training your employees can greatly improve your chances of success and business growth.
Training your employees is an investment and will cost you money but it has been shown that the productivity gains from a strong training programme will far outweigh any costs you have to pay.
Research has shown that equipping your employees with the skills that your business needs can:
- increase their productivity and quality of work
- increase your overall profits
- improve employee motivation
- improve customer satisfaction
- give you a competitive advantage
- reduce staff turnover and absenteeism
- help you to promote internally rather than paying costly recruitments charges to employ someone new
Measuring the impact of training on your business is difficult but according to studies, not only is there an impact on those who have received training, untrained workers also appear to be more productive when their peers have been trained.
How do you know what training you need?
Before choosing training or a training provider, you should think about what is needed to meet your business objectives. The best way to do that is by carrying out a Training Needs Analysis (TNA). This is a systematic way of investigating your business training needs and provides you with information on what training might be appropriate for your staff’s capabilities and aspirations.
There are currently a number of free support schemes being offered where someone can come and talk to you about your training needs.
Once you have identified your training needs there are many local training providers who can deliver training for you. Some of this training is paid for by the government so it is free to you as the employer. Other training may require a part or full payment by you.