The scenario where the manager tells the employees to attend the weekly meeting for training and is greeted with groans. Firstly, training is not the most enjoyable hour of the day for anybody, and for startups especially the deal can be expensive.
But small businesses can make the most profits by undertaking employee training programs to increase their competitive edge and generate higher profits.
Before we begin with our tips for future managers to train their employees in a small business environment, let us clarify that training is an ongoing process. It is almost like eating thus, you cannot take all you need in one go. If you eat 10 times on one day and then not eat for the next 3 months, you will definitely end up in the hospital. Proper training for any purpose requires consistent attention throughout the operations of the company it should be a long term relationship.
These are a few tips for future managers to ensure success of their small businesses with proper employee training:
Go online with your training courses:
Instead of forcing your employees to sit for long hours cooped up in a room and staring at the presentation while their minds are asleep; you can get them to stay onboard with training requirements when they want to learn. You will still be responsible for explaining the company’s goals and objectives to them but you can get the burden of wasting precious productive work hours by taking the online detour. That way your employees will be able to use their commute time or the time for self-reflection (while sitting on the pot) usefully and finish an online tutorial for say fixing minor PC problems. That way you can reduce your IT service costs while helping your employees grow.
You can find nifty tutorials and online training programs for your niche subject all over the World Wide Web.
Use the good employees to mentor the trainees:
This way you will be able to reduce your costs without needing to hire an external trainer. Also one of the perks of having a small firm is that you have a small number of employees to start training. With in-house trainers who understand the goals and beliefs of the company, this will be a win-win situation. We suggest you find someone with strong communicational skills and appoint them as trainers for the new lot. It might also b a good idea to offer incentives such as bonus for training offered to employees.
Realize the generational differences that exist in your work space:
A company may be composed of young workers who love to take selfies during their breaks and play ping pong while they may be working with an older lot who still crack jokes about the foreign policy and read the newspapers during their free time. While this can be advantageous as a diverse workforce often offers a variety in the insights and ideas are offered for projects. But this can sometimes create a training gap as different generations will learn new things differently. It is important to realize these differences to help simplify the training gap.