Why Should I train my staff?
Here’s the top 5 reasons why you should train your staff...
Some business owners are scared that if they invest in training, their employees will take the qualification and leave. Therefore a competitor may benefit from their investment. But the use of Training Agreements can work well to help protect your training investment. And if you're not willing to invest in your business, why should anyone else?
There are many reasons why you should invest in training your staff. But let's look at the top 5 reasons.
Training is an investment in your business. And like any other investment, you'll want to see a return on it. The return may not be instantly obvious and can sometimes be difficult to measure. So make sure you have identified the need for the training and the skills that you want to improve. Find a suitable course or training plan that fills that skills gap. Then you should look at how to measure the skills both before and after the training. For example, if you want to reduce accidents in your business, use your accident logs as measurement before the training and after. A good course is the IOSH Managing Safely for managers and IOSH Working Safely for staff.
If you want your business to grow, develop and be successful, then your employees have to grow, develop and be successful. Your employees are your largest asset and can make or break your business. It's up to you to lead them in the direction that you want your business to go in. Keeping their skills up to date is just as important as keeping your own skills up to date. And if you don't, you run the risk of your business coming to a grinding halt while your competitors race on ahead.
There have been many studies conducted on motivation at work with slightly varying results. But all suggest that everyone wants to do a good job and feel valued at work. Training your employees will allow them to perform better and give them a sense of achievement. It will also make them feel valued as they know that you are willing to invest in them. In return, not only do you have better skilled staff who are performing better, but you also have more motivated staff which means a stronger dedication to your business.
Resource planning can be difficult, particularly in smaller businesses. You might have an employee who has been with you long term and knows your business better than you do! But what will happen when that person leaves or who covers these duties during absence or holidays? It's much better to have a multi skilled workforce as it gives you a more robust business. Having the majority of experience and knowledge in a handful of employees only, is a very risky strategy. So plan for the long-term future of your business by ensuring you have people ready to take over key roles when required. Also consider the technical advances in your industry and stay as up to date with them as possible.
If for any reason something goes wrong and you find yourself in court or at an employment tribunal, the first thing you'll be asked is to prove that your staff are competent. This means that you'll have to show evidence of your employees ability to carry out the job that you had asked them to do. Training records are crucial to defending any such claim. If for example you had asked an employee to carry out a reasonable task that resulted in them being injured. Training records and assessment measuring would show that you had taken reasonable steps to ensure their safety and that they were indeed competent to carry out that task. That small investment could save your business thousands of pounds.
SCRSolutions Ltd offers training in HR and Health & Safety matters. We often work with local partners to provide a wide range of training services. We also have a newly accredited IOSH health & safety training centre in the heart of Dundee.
Here are some of our forthcoming courses and seminars that will be held throughout Dundee.
- How-to HR - 16th February, 9.30am - 12.00pm - Personnel Administration and Contracts. This will include how to keep files in line with data protection, different types of contracts and how to change or update contract terms and conditions. Click here for details.
- DSEN Event - FREE - 17th February - Overview of Employing Staff. Open to all aspiring Social Enterprises and DESN Members. Contact DESN for full details.
- CeeD Event - FREE - 22nd February - 9.30am - 12.30pm - Recruitment & Retention of Staff. Looking at best practice in the Engineering sector with a live case study from a local manufacturing company. Click here for details.
- Tribunal Proof Dismissals - FREE - in partnership with Dundee Business Week and Elevator - 23rd February - 2.30pm - 4.30pm. Learn how protect your business from tribunals by making safe dismissals. Click here for details.
- IOSH Managing Safely - OFFER - 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th March - Gain a Nationally recognised certificate in health & safety at a great offer price. Click here for details or phone us on 01382 250333.
- How-to HR - 30th March, 9.30am - 12.00pm - Training & Development. This training will look at how to conduct a training needs analysis, identify the correct training, sources of funding and how to measure return on investments. Click here for details.
Our qualified advisors can also offer support on conducting training needs and analysis, and measuring return on investment. Simply click here to get in touch and see how we can help your business. You can view all our event on our Eventbrite page - click here.