Training and developing your company’s employees are among the most important responsibilities of any HR department. After all, it is essential for an organization to adapt itself to the ever-changing business scenario, if it wants to grow and expand in the long run. Wouldn’t you agree? Today, let’s look at this topic a little closer with what it means.
Apart from this obvious benefit, there are several other goals a good training and development program or approach can help your small business, or any size really achieve. The following are a few of the benefits:
- Development of Human Resources – Developing human resources’ technical and behavioral skills in an organization.
- Productivity – Training programs help employees build on their skills so they can become more productive to the organization.
- Team spirit –Training and development can help build empathy by allowing employees gain a better understanding of each other’s job responsibilities. This fosters better teamwork.
- Organization Culture –It helps employees understand and adapt to organizational culture better.
- Quality –It helps in improving the quality of work thereby ensuring a better work-life balance.
- Personal Growth-Personal growth is one the important goals of employees. Regular development exercises can ensure that employees are able to achieve this while contributing to larger organizational goals.
There are many ways to approach training your employees. It is important to remember that as an HR Manager you need to have clear objectives in mind you want to achieve through your trainings. Once you are clear, then you can move forward with the actual training. Here are few techniques to consider:
- Lectures: Lectures work well as a training tool when you have to share general information with a large group of people. The problem with lectures, however, is that they can get a tad boring.
- Audio-visuals: As the name suggests this training technique involves the use of slides, videos, audio tracks, etc. Audio visual techniques are often combined with lectures to make them more interesting.
- Vestibule training: This is done using equipment that is similar to the one used on the job. This kind of training is ideal in situations where in an organization wants to introduce new equipment or software.
- Role playing: As the name suggests role playing involves creating a realistic situation and have trainees/participants act out the parts of specific personalities in the situation. This is a very effective technique for improving interpersonal relations and training employees for new roles.
- On the job training: On the job training provides useful hands-on experience to the trainees.
- Simulation: Simulation is a technique that involves recreating a decision-making environment and is considered to be extremely effective for grooming employees to take on more responsibilities.
As the lead in the training and development of your company’s or even as a small business, you need to know your employees well. You need to know what motivates them, what gets them moving and grooving. Knowing these things will allow you to get the maximum benefit out of your training exercises; most importantly remember it is also the right combination of these techniques. Remember, to also take into account factors like time limits, learning styles and the current level of proficiency displayed by employees. Please reach out if you have any questions regarding training and development.