How can workplace training and skills development be achieved? There are any number of ways training and skills development can be done to assist employees; organize a small short structured group workshop, provide a questionnaire to be completed by the staff member/s or arrange to have a one on one chat.
Training and development itself must be appropriate for the person and the situation. Good modern personal development and evaluation extend beyond the obvious skills and knowledge required for the job or organisation or qualification.
Effective personal development must also consider individual potential, one’s natural abilities are often hidden or suppressed. Individual learning styles includes whole person development, cognition of life skills. Training develops people, by stepping over boundaries (traditional approach) and adopting a more flexible learning process on a more individual basis provides a more useful learning outcome.
The aim is to help employees draw up a career growth plan or strategy. Make sure the plan is doable and that they can act on it. Employees’ will recognize the value and that they are able to advance their career path with you. They are less likely to leave.
Consider the following questions:
- What skills are needed to help an employee achieve their goals?
- What skills does an employee already have that can be built on to achieve goals and even promotion?
- Are there gaps where training could improve an employee’s skills?
- Can on-the-job training help an employee move closer to achieving their goals?
- Who are the management team that can promote or transfer an employee within the company?
If businesses adapted a positive attitude of constantly sharpening their employee skills’ there would be a marked improvement in working relationships as well as customer service.
- Knowledge and skills
It’s vital that training and workplace skills development are put in place to help develop skills and recognize talent throughout an employees job. Knowledge is retained when skills are practised and refreshed on a regular basis. Improve employee skills by building on and improving on their skills level. Benefits to the business are exceeded. Employees know more; they are more confident and bring more to the table.
- Learning incentives
Motivate employees by providing training, make it part of an extended development plan. Employees will be more inclined to learn. Be a part of their new skills process by putting into practice a workplace skills development plan.
- Job satisfaction and Promotion
Business investment in staff will provide a much higher sense of job satisfaction, increase motivation towards work, reduce employee turnover and increase productivity. Competitors are less likely to take away your best employees. New staff recruitment and hiring fees are costly. Continued training of existing staff ensures continuity, they have on the job knowledge and an understanding of the business. They are more eligible for internal promotion.
- Attract new talent
As part of the salary package offer ongoing training as an incentive. The business will attract better talent and have the best employees with greater staff retention. It gives the business a good image.
The success of your business revolves around ongoing training and skills development of your employees.