Do you really need Employee Training?
You have picked up a new job role at a new firm. And you are pretty confident about your skills and capabilities in performing this new role. But something’s bothering you in your mind. Employee Training. What will be covered in it? How long will it last? And most importantly: do you really need it?
Well, for the first two questions, the contents of employee training would be directly related to the job description. And a good training should last as long as it is required, which shouldn’t be long as you would already be familiar with the basics (otherwise you wouldn’t be hired in the first place!). And for the last part of the question, you definitely need training after being hired. This serves plenty of benefits and avoids unnecessary waste of time, money, and resources.
What is Employee Training?
Training of new employees takes place after orientation. New employees are given the training to familiarize them with the firm’s vision and long-term goals; the rules and regulations of the workplace; the skills, knowledge, and capabilities required for completing a particular job. Employee training prepares employees for what is expected of them and how they should do it.
Why is Employee Training Ignored?
Employers often find the training part expensive. They feel like it is a burden monetarily. And to avoid that, they will assign another employee for training. That employee will in turn feel burdened by the pending work that they would rather be working on. The new hire would feel nothing less than a juggled ball, bouncing off between poor budget, multiple trainers, and time constraints.
As a result, employees would be forced to learn on their own through trial and error. They would lose loyalty to the firm only because of poor training and would immediately try to switch employers. According to the Wynhurst group, the cost of losing an employee in the first year is approximately 3 times their salary. Therefore, proper employee training programs are necessary for the firm if they want to save money in the long term. This has several benefits and is directly proportional to increasing return on investments.
Benefits of Employee Training
As it is already expensive to lose an employee, it is equally (if not more) costly that the employees be thrown onto the front lines and be forced to learn on their own. Several unnecessary wastages can be avoided. And it is not that the employee training only prevents the wastage of resources, it increases the productivity of the workplace resulting in an increase in profits and higher work efficiencies. Let’s discuss a few of these benefits.
- Productivity: Employee training increases productivity in the workplace. It increases their knowledge, skills, and gives them confidence in their abilities. They will pay close attention to working procedures and make sure the proper methods of working are being followed. Finally, employee training ensures the work continues smoothly and efficiently.
- Less Reworks: The employee was motivated to perform and spent hard work and effort in doing the job only to realize they did an absolute mess. Now they will have to rework the entire task and become exhausted. It could have been avoided if proper training were provided beforehand.
- Reduced Wastage: The final work provided should not need any modifications or corrections because if it does, company resources such as time, money, and extra effort would be expended. These extra efforts would be reduced and would not even be needed in the first place if employee training were performed.
- Morale Boost and Employee Retention: Employees would see that the company is investing in them by providing training. This will boost their morale and they will try to return the favor by doing their best. They will be motivated and become loyal to the firm. By doing such a simple task the company would retain the employees for the long-term.
- Uniformity of Work: The employee would be familiar with the work they need to provide. A uniformity of work warrants that it is understandable and according to the requirements of workers along the chain who will interact with that piece of work.
- Fewer Accidents and fewer Regulations: Employees would know what the safety procedures in their tasks are. It will reduce the chances of accidents and they would not require regulation of a senior worker and they can spend their time on separate tasks.
Employee training is one of the best decisions for a firm if they want: an increase in profits, returns on investments, and smooth running of work practices. Not only does it benefit the employer, but the employee as well. It will increase their knowledge, skills, and satisfaction in the workplace. It is an important practice that should be carefully planned and be deemed necessary – especially for new hires.