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Why You Should Be Training Your Staff (And Not Putting It Off)

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If you’re not training your staff right now, you’re missing a trick. Practically every valuable firm in the world understands the importance of training and why it’s necessary. While it involves an upfront cost, the payoff is usually many times what you put into it. 

Unfortunately, a lot of firms don’t see it that way. They view their people as interchangeable at a moment’s notice, but it’s not true. Firms that hold onto the best people are generally those that thrive long-term. 

Here’s why you should be training your staff right now. 

It Allows Workers To Do Their Job Better

Staff usually don’t know how to do their work perfectly. Many have blindspots where they carry on making the same mistake for years on end. 

Training can help to prevent this. It cuts down on lost productivity and makes it easier for staff to get through the day. 

It Improves Safety

Before pressure testing training, employees might not know how to service pneumatic systems safety. Consequently, they may either hurt themselves or the people around them.

That’s why it is so important to regularly train your people. They may have positions of responsibility but not know how to handle them. Crane operators are a good example. Many times, employees who operate them require additional training to ensure that their activities remain safety-focused at work. Regular training allows them to top up their skills and do the job in a safer, better way. 

It Enhances Use Of Technology

Technology should be an asset. But all too often, it winds up becoming a liability. Staff just don’t know how to use it properly. 

Computer literacy training can help to change all this. Staff, for instance, are far less likely to become the victim of a phishing attack if they know the warning signs in advance. 

It also makes them more efficient with technology. For instance, they could be dedicating hours of their time to tasks that should, in theory, only take a few minutes. 

It Shows Them That You Value Them

Investing in your employees is one of the best ways to show them that you value them. By upgrading their skills, you’re doing something that will help them throughout the rest of their lives. They’ll be able to point to the training that they received from you as evidence of their skills and abilities. 


Just feeling more valued can increase productivity, besides any effect of the training itself. When staff feel like a critical part of your organization, they put in considerably more effort. 

Prepares People In Your Organization To Take Responsibility

As your workforce ages, you need to prepare people for positions of responsibility. You need workers who are ready to step in and take over the roles of their peers once they leave.

Interestingly, though, many organizations aren’t doing this. Instead of home-grown talent, they’re looking for people outside the firm. 

Unfortunately, that approach doesn’t work as well. It is more expensive and, in many cases, reduces the morale of existing team members.

 

About the author /


Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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