To bring maximum value to your organization you need eager and passionate employees. But it’s not so easy to train smart young people who have the latest tech on their side, instantly connected to informed online communities with plenty of tricks up their sleeves.
So how do you motivate and stimulate millennials who always want to feel included, an active part of the team, learning fast without being talked down or preached?
According to ANA/McKinsey, 89% of marketers do know that training and skills development is a huge factor in business success. Why is it then that training budgets are never on top of the list, and are the first ones to be cut when times get rough?
Not everyone understands the reasons why training is so important. But the reality is this: employees have changed over the last few decades. Today people want to buy products and services with a cause, and they want to be in a job that has real meaning for them.
Contemporary employees feel valued and genuinely cared for only when you take professional development seriously. No one wants to be stuck in a rut, doing the same thing for years. The more capable the employee, the more thirsty they are for new knowledge.
Training and planning for subsequent further growth builds loyalty and results in more productivity. People also need change in perspective from time to time. Increases in responsibilities often motivate them to reach their maximum potential, but those are impossible without training.
Ongoing training that brings teams together may also be good for overall morale in the company. Growth and training opportunities are unchanging factors that determine workplace happiness. Engaged and efficient employees are not only productive but also happy, because they feel secure not only in the present but in the future. Support and mentoring helps them enjoy that feeling of connectedness, and companies with great team spirit usually have better reputations, with more satisfied customers. Training events may also bring different company levels together regularly in informal settings – to discuss questions openly at a round table. It helps employees feel one with the organization when they know they can ask the CEO a tricky question, and actually get an answer.
There are different aspects to making sure your business is sustainable for years to come. Training employees is a very big part of that, so here are our 10 reasons to train your employees:
Improving the range and level of skills can be done in many different ways. Personalizing training programs is the key to success. When employees feel a personal connection to their up-skilling, they are more likely to give their all. It may be a good idea to also widen their skills beyond their narrow area of expertise to help every part of the company function as a whole.
The form training can take can be anything from the more traditional refresher courses, on- or offline seminars, web conferencing, online tutorials, forum discussions, to the more contemporary on-demand personalized mentoring systems and teaching staff learning and thinking techniques. To help people learn faster and more effectively, many companies are broadening their teams’ knowledge of how the brain works and what they can do to make it more productive.
But before you decide whether to train in house using your best talent or outsource to training providers, you need to get to know your employees. Personally. Real value comes from real training. When things are done in red tape fashion, just to tick off the right box, they rarely change the situation. To avoid this, follow our 6 tips on how to train your employees effectively:
The training industry has changed dramatically over the last few decades. No longer do you expect to start with a blank slate every time you welcome a fresh-out-the-uni employee into your offices. Even the youngest employees are capable, full of energy, eager to learn and also able to learn both with guidance and on their own. They have the latest tech that can be instantly applied to help them grow.
People are also more flexible than ever, ready to work in marketing with a physics degree, or switch from tech to managerial positions mid-career. Itransition’s software developers refresh their skill sets all the time, successfully passing certification programs from worldwide tech leaders. They know that it’s in their best interest to pass exams for the latest standards as soon as they are available. The ability to learn fast and be flexible as well as the current status of programmers’ expertise is more important than a degree that ages as soon as you get it if you relax a bit too much and take it easy. Spending quality time to train employees is bound to translate in better value, higher ROI and more customer satisfaction.
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