Key Considerations When Developing an Effective Employee Training Program

Posted: Dec 15 2020

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Team Challenge Company are leaders in the field of developing effective employee training programs and work with our clients to determine the best practices for their businesses. No two employees are the same and the same goes for businesses and their teams – which is why we do not offer a simple off-the-shelf solution.

Managers tasked with developing an effective employee training program have to consider all aspects of the employee – from their professional skills and attributes to personal development. Any training development program has to be to the benefit of the company in terms of commercial results by improving productivity, communication, leadership skills and staff retention.

What is Your Company Lacking?

Consider the strength of the company and its weaknesses – what is your company lacking that is holding it back from reaching that next level? If your team does something well, perhaps better than anyone else, is it worthwhile designing and delivering a training program that focuses on the strengths of the business? Probably not (although it is always good not to become complacent).

Areas of development should not be ignored and, by doing so, your company risks losing out – not just in terms of commercial performance, but also regarding staff morale and retention. Employees naturally want to be the best that they can be and that begins with their job and responsibilities. If an employee does not feel they have been given all the tools they need to be a success, this can lead to demotivation, discontent and, eventually, a loss of talented members of the team.

It may be that areas that your business is lacking are immediately prevalent, which means that you should arrange to speak to employees both as a group and individually. Quite simply, ask where your members of staff feel that their strengths and weaknesses lay and work from there.

Safeguarding the Future of the Business

Businesses and teams need leaders, whether they are recognised by job title or not. Without leadership qualities, the team risks veering off course which will then harm performance. From a commercial perspective, a business needs leaders and senior members of staff that are capable of moving into positions of responsibility as and when needed in the event of absences and/or staff naturally moving on.

This means that, even if your business does have leaders in place at the moment, it is still worth considering tailoring an employee development training program to focus on leadership and communication skills. If the few leaders in your company were to move on, who is going to be responsible and make the step up?

The average length of time an employee stays is four-and-a-half years in the United Kingdom, so it is essential that the businesses have a pool of talent ready and waiting. Otherwise, this will mean hiring from outside of the business which is seen as higher risk, due to a new employee having to be established into the company’s culture and there is every possibility that it simply doesn’t work.

Review Progress

There is little point is taking the time to create and deliver an employee training program if you are not going to review the progress that has been made. What are the goals? What milestones will you be setting? Will you be setting agreed targets with the employee(s)? Arranging reviews, although these do not have to be formal appointments, gauges how the employee is finding their training development program and allows them to discuss with you anything that they may be struggling with – communication is key.

This helps to ensure that the employee feels as though they have some level of ownership over their development and progression within the company, which means they are responsible for their success. How you decide to review the progress made by employees is up to you and your business, with different companies doing this in different ways. The Team Challenge Company can offer assistance and advice on how to review an employee’s progress, as well as the design and implementation of a training program.

Get in Contact with Team Challenge Company

The Team Challenge Company team have years of experience in helping businesses and their employees realise their potential through training and team building events. We offer tailored solutions to suit the needs of our clients, ensuring that you are satisfied with the results of our service.

If you would like some more information on how our team can assist with developing an effective employee training program for your business, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us today. You can do so either by sending us a message via our contact page or by calling us directly on 03300 04 09 03.

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