Staff training is one of the most ignored programs in the workplace. Employers don’t look forward to it because it costs money, and employees don’t anticipate it because it is mostly boring. However, investing in staff training is a necessity for the growth of any company, and in this article, we will be sharing why.
What does Staff Training Entail?
Staff training is the process of equipping employees with additional relevant knowledge to boost their work productivity and overall work performance. While undergoing staff training, employees will be taught office etiquette, risk management, HSE techniques, first aid, time management, and so on. Apart from the initial training given to him at his onboarding, the average employee requires at least 10 hours of extra training every year. This estimated figure refers to the total number of hours spent on training programs. They say learning never ends, it is especially true in the workplace where job requirements and working conditions are constantly changing as the company grows and expands.
Staff training can be held via a webinar, a workshop, a seminar, a three-day boot camp, or a three months course. The form and duration of the training depend on the motive behind it. Staff training organized for enlightenment and awareness on relevant topics like cyber security can be held as a series of webinars (if employees work remotely), or seminars. However, staff training that aims to equip an employee for a higher level in the company, may require more time, and cannot be done in a single webinar. Multinational companies often send employees who have been endorsed by the board of directors as fit for a senior-level position, for staff training, to prepare them for the transition.
Methods of Training Staff
Every company is different, and so is its method of training staff. However, there are two major methods used, they include:
This method is simple and cost-effective. Using this method, the employee receives training in the working environment, while functioning in the full capacity of his assigned role. It is characterized by coaching and mentorship. Employees trained with this method are often placed under heavy supervision and micromanaged till the end of their training to ensure that they deliver value.
Using this method, employers entrust the recruits (or existing staff) into the care of the training agency completely. The trainees will not be required to perform any task related to their job role for the entire length of the training. The goal of this method is to promote focus so that the training can have an optimal effect.
However, this method is more costly than the last because you have to spend money on the tools and resources your staff will need for that period – money that isn’t being earned back. It is commonly employed when a company has to train a large number of employees within a short time. This method is also great for training employees who will be transitioning into a more demanding role within the organization.
Benefits of the Training
1. It Facilitates Enhanced Performance
Relevant training helps staff to develop skills and amplify their strengths so that they perform better in the workplace. Staff training provides solutions to an employee’s shortcomings and weaknesses. When an employee has fewer limitations, he is bound to perform better at his duty.
2. Relevant Training Increases Work Productivity
To a large extent, work productivity depends on the proper handling of the necessary equipment used in performing important tasks. As part of staff training, employees are introduced to the best digital tools to boost work efficiency. Subject to the host company’s request, training agencies also instruct the company’s employees on how to use work equipment to get optimal results.
Also, in staff training time management is a fundamental course, and we know that effective time management inevitably leads to increased work productivity.
3. A Well-trained Employee is Less-likely to be a Nightmare to work with.
Are you finding any employees overbearing and annoying? Enroll them in staff training, you will be surprised at what a pleasure they’ll be to work with when they go through it. As part of the training, employees are taught about acceptable practices for the workplace, office etiquette, and anger management. These courses are key to igniting a behavioral change in a troublesome employee. If your employees have a distasteful work attitude, you can specify that you want the agency to focus on changing that.
4. It boosts the Employee’s Self-confidence.
Everyone loves a good opportunity to grow, and being a beneficiary of one will leave your employees with higher confidence in their abilities than they formerly had. Staff training promotes job satisfaction. When an employee is satisfied with his current job, he will be more willing to contribute to the company’s success, and less likely to leave the organization.
5. It Supports Career Growth
When you invest in your employee, you contribute to his growth and development and position him for success in his career path. Employees love an organization that supports their growth and will remain loyal to it.
6. Staff training helps the Company leverage its Best Minds
Every company has its own star boy, the guy that wins the “Employee of the Year” award every year, and the team leader everyone loves to work with. When you invest in this kind of employee, you sharpen his skills and increase his expertise. If he was already great at his job without the training, with it he officially becomes your star player for staying ahead of your competitors in the game of success.
7. It Facilitates In-house Promotion
It is best to recruit senior-level executives from among already existing employees who are in sync with the company’s values and ethics. Staff training makes this possible by equipping such employees with the relevant skills and expertise required for the bigger responsibility. They become more eligible for the promotion.
8. Accidents in the Workplace are reduced.
Employees are better equipped to handle intense situations and unfortunate circumstances like a fire outbreak when they arise if they have the necessary knowledge. That is why HSE training is very important for every company’s staff to have.
When you invest in staff training, it:
- gives you an edge over your competitors,
- Helps you keep up with changes in your industry,
- Improves your employees’ work attitude,
- Helps you leverage intelligent personnel.
In summary, good staff training converts your employees from workers to assets.
Why do Employers Shy Away from Investing in Staff Training?
The answer is simple, it is expensive. Although the cost of staff training varies based on the reputation of the agency, it can cost the company anywhere between NGN50,000 and NGN300,000 to effectively pull it off. Currently, HSE training in Lagos costs an average of NGN50,000 per part, and the training has three parts. It is safe to say, the average business owner in Nigeria may not be able to release that amount of money to train his staff.
However, as expensive as staff training may be, it yields good returns. Employees trained by a company are better equipped to be more productive and remain loyal to that organization because of the feeling of indebtedness. Most employees who pay out-of-pocket for relevant training immediately start to search for better job opportunities that they believe are worth the value they can now deliver as soon as they get certified.
Dear employer, when you think of staff training, think of it as an investment rather than an expenditure, you will receive great returns in due time. I hope with this, I have been able to convince you and not confuse you, is worth all it costs and more. Make the decision today, your company will thank you for it!