September 2, 2013
Employers: How to set up your employee training program
In a previous article* we talked about the benefits to employers to keep employees properly trained throughout their careers. Regular training increase the employees productivity, they feel more invested in your company, it often brings a new energy in the workplace and they are more self confident.
Many companies don’t have the necessary set-up in place to handle the training of employees. If you don’t have everything written down in black & white, you might miss a step or two.
- Make someone responsible for the training
Normally, you will want a supervisor level person in-charge of your workforce training. This person should have enough experience working with your organisation to understand the nuances of the business and to know which employees needs training and what type of training would be beneficial to them and the company.
You might want to nominate more than one supervisor for different areas of your business. However, there should be one person responsible for the entire training in order to ensure a consistent approach across the organisation.
- Structure your own training program
For training new employees, you need to have a well-structured program that will involve familiarising them with all parts of the business and specialising in the one they will be working. This should be written down in the form of a training manual or trainer’s guide to maintain a consistency in teaching.
You should ensure that everything taught is done so in terms that are easily understood by the new employees who will not be familiar with the culture of the new employer.
Also, make sure that you give each module enough time for everyone to understand it perfectly – you are not interviewing people here so everyone needs to be on the same page and level of understanding before you move forward.
The programme should cover all the areas they need to be trained in. If you are hiring people who are already familiar with your type of business, it may reduce training time to only areas that are unique to your working.
While deciding on your training curriculum, sit down with all the managers that are responsible for running your business and make a list of skills they think are necessary for your new employees to learn.
You can also tailor the training program according to the areas where your new employees will work.
- Keep tab of your recruits’ progress
While training your employees, you should maintain a training chart that tracks their progress in learning new skills. You can add it to their personnel file later.
You can easily create your own simple employee training chart in a spreadsheet software like MS Excel or Open Office Calc. Just add a row for each part of the training programme and a column each for – date of completion, trainer’s signature and notes.
Use the same training chart for every time you train a new bunch of employees. It will help you track their training schedule effectively.
After you have set-up your own employee-training program, you can add to it more modules or make changes as and when you feel necessary. The main structure of the program though will remain the same for everyone hired. It will save you time and everyone working together will know about the things that a new recruit will be confident at handling at the end of his training.
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