My managers are resisting training, they say it takes too much time. What do I tell my managers about why we need to train?
First off, congratulations that training is on the radar! In our recent economic times, training fell off the radar completely as so many companies went into survival mode. The fact that training is being debated and discussed is a very positive sign.
The benefits of providing training are many and far outweigh any costs.
Training employees is essential to having an efficient and effective work force. From enhancing skill sets and better understanding processes, to providing options and flexibility for workload distribution, the positives of providing training include a long list of benefits. There is little doubt that educating employees on new and better processes enhances the organization’s bottom line. Cross training employees functionally not only allows for better options for work load distribution, but that flexibility helps the organization plan for the unexpected – it enables an employee or work group to step in seamlessly to fill an unexpected gap.
From the individual employee perspective, an organization that invests in its employees’ development is seen as committed to its employees and vested in the overall success of its’ employees as well as the future of company. Providing the opportunity for employees’ professional growth is key to employee retention and maintaining a positive work environment.
The type of training offered can vary from technical and relevant areas applicable to a specific group or department, to individual specialized training geared to a specific employee’s growth and development needs. While programs such as Team Building and Workplace Harassment are geared toward improving the overall work environment.
The commitment to providing training shows the organization’s dedication to its workforce, however, it is also critical to promote training as an opportunity, not a burden on the employee or their manager. Make sure the employee’s workload is covered during the time they are training so as not to cause additional stress and distraction from learning.
The cost of training, in terms of time and financial commitment, are far outweighed by the benefit to the employee and the organization as a whole. It’s a win-win all the way around.
Training and Development of your employees is a key factor in remaining competitive. Not only does it keep your up-to-speed technologically with your competitors, but it also gives you the edge when recruiting or retaining employees. Strategic HR, inc. has experience in developing training programs to keep you on the leading edge. Visit our Training & Development page to learn how we can assist you with your training and development.