Tips for Employee Training For Your Small Business


Whether you're running a small business or a blossoming startup, the best training will meet the mission of your business, offer consistency for the company’s services and products providing new members of staff with the skill they need to be productive and to succeed. Here are some tips for employee training for your small business:

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Investing in training gives employees confidence, they feel they are working for an organisation that wants to bring out the best in them. It gives new members of staff the chance to feel a part of the company to start contributing to its success much faster. And before you feel the investment in training is too much, consider this - the training you provide employees will be an investment you will reap when the time is right.

Failure to train is training to fail

It’s common for small companies to insist that they are unable to afford corporate training consultants and training or the time to engage in staff training is just not there. However, the reality is that failing to train is training to fail. One very critical truth of employee training is that it does not have to be expensive to be great.

From coming up with in-house video training to bringing in a cheap or free speaker, any company, big or small can do it. Training tools and manuals can be produced using the company computers and resources without breaking the bank.

Mandatory training

While there are diverse training courses out there, there are specific mandatory training programs every small business should consider. This includes government compliance requirements, such as training relating to workplace violence and harassment as well as safety and health.

Look at web-based training options, where through the use of technology, you do not need to have a trainer on site or subscribe to a costly program.

And if the course is government related, chances are the training is available for free.

Recommended reading: How to Motivate Staff Through Employee Training

Enhancing and improving business performance

As a small business, you have no choice but to focus on enhancing the organisational and employee performance. This includes having a feedback process in place although the systems of feedback and performance have to be laid down first. Rather than focusing on gaps, focus on what each individual does best and how can they do more of that. 

Performance management and development training are important and because they focus on developing the individual goals of every employee, they can help with employee engagement. 

Rotating employees

Adopting cross-training schedules inside your business can help with training employees and ensuring they have learned something new. It’s not just affordable but ensures employees have learned wholly new skills.  

Rather than make IT staff feel like they are dealing with technology maintenance alone, they could be allowed to work on new areas and new products that compels them to try out new technologies.

In the process, no one will be bored or stagnate in their jobs.

Recommended reading: 5 Ways For Making Training and Development for Employees Even Better

Come up with forums

Forums are also an effective way of training employees on the cheap. For instance, a pharmaceutical start-up can have lunch breaks that bring colleagues with some well developed expertise in certain pharmaceutical areas.

Or you could ask your tech team to present some of the new things they are developing. Or bring in an outside expert to do a talk that helps everyone learn at the same time. 


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