This post was originally published on lessonly.com.
Looking for a way to convey just how important workplace training truly is? We’ve got you covered.
Chances are you’ve been through employee training yourself and while we hope it was a positive experience, we know that oftentimes it’s not. And let’s be honest: It has a lot to do with whether or not those creating the training itself convey the benefits of going through the program.
So, what are the 7 advantages of training employees? Let’s walk through them together!
1. Energizing & motivating new employees
When thinking of training, more often than not, new employee training plans come to mind. And that makes total sense, right? The first step of any new career journey is figuring out the ropes.
Now put yourself in the shoes of any new employee. They’re probably excited, nervous, and curious to know how to become great at their role. Without any sort of training, they’d be at a loss. Motivation for their work would plummet. They wouldn’t be able to get on the same page as the rest of the company, and slowly they’d start doubting themselves. Ultimately, they might even leave, citing that they never knew how their role was supposed to contribute to the company.
The right employee training program will energize and motivate new employees from the get-go. (If you’re reading this and thinking, “Dang, my team needs to work on our onboarding,” we’ve got just the free template for you. Click here to see it.
2. Implementing efficient processes
Whether you’re a small start-up or a major corporation, every company has processes in place to keep things running smoothly. So, employee training and development can cover these to make sure everyone stays on the same page.
This allows for existing processes to stay streamlined and for new processes to be implemented well across the entire organization.
Bonus: With remote work being more and more common, online workplace training can also cover these processes in a way that is accessible to all employees at any time, anywhere.
3. Encouraging growth and change
Leadership is often something that incorrectly gets labeled as, “You’re either born a leader or not.” This is simply not true. All of us are growing and changing (personally and professionally) every day.
If the training of employees is implemented in the right way, that growth is continuously supported. You’ll end up with more employees growing into leadership positions and staying with your company.
4. Providing solutions for areas for improvement
If you identify some areas of improvement in your team’s work, creating motivational training topics for those employees is one way to offer up some solutions and address those trouble areas head on. Not only does it help your employee gain a deeper understanding of where they need to improve, but it does it in a way that is supportive of further growth.
5. Showing employees you care about them
No matter which of the many types of employee training you choose, one thing will be very clear to your employees: You care about their well-being and success at your company. You’re choosing to invest in their growth, and they’re going to notice.
Teaching your employees new skills will allow them to feel the impact of what they bring to the table.
6. Including important topics
Topics such as ethics, diversity & inclusion, sexual harassment, and many others all need to be addressed thoughtfully and thoroughly. Employee training and development programs that cover these topics usually evolve and change over time and need to be re-implemented as a company grows, and good training allows for that to happen.
It’s also important to point out that if you don’t cover topics such as these, you may be creating a toxic workplace environment without even realizing it. Check that.
7. Building (or enhancing) your company brand
So, this one may require a little more explanation than the rest considering it’s a bit more nuanced, but stay with me. I promise this is worth covering here.
Looking at all the other advantages listed so far, it’s clear that employee training helps in creating a more motivated, aligned, and growth-motivated team. Along with that comes employee satisfaction which means better reviews of the company and more celebration of the company on social media and platforms such as Glassdoor.
This not only will make your company appealing to anyone looking for a company that truly invests in their employees, but will also make your brand stand out to current and potential customers.
Strong training = strong brand.