How to encourage employee training

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Training courses for companies offer their employees an opportunity to develop their skills and further their careers. There are both individual and company benefits to be gained from training courses so there’s no denying their value. 


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Training courses for companies offer their employees an opportunity to develop their skills and further their careers. There are both individual and company benefits to be gained from training courses so there’s no denying their value.

The problem, however, is that employees aren’t always welcoming to the idea of allowing training companies from Gauteng to come into their offices and give them the resources they need to be better. But it all depends on how the employer approaches and introduces the prospect of employee training that sets the tone for how the employees will react.

If you want to encourage participation and enthusiasm before and during the training sessions, you, as the employer, are responsible for doing so. We’ll be looking at a few ways you can go about introducing and conducting training courses in your company that will make your employees excited about learning and help your business benefit from it.

Explain the benefits

People always want to know “what's in it for me?” and even though your employees are paid to do work for the company, that thought is still at the back of their minds. They already know how it will benefit the company to have higher-skilled employees, but in order to enthusiastic about it, they need to know how they can benefit from it personally.

By choosing relevant training courses that have to do with your industry and employees’ careers, the benefit for them is that they’re receiving free resources to develop in their positions and make progress in their careers.

Another benefit is that it’s an opportunity to learn something new and develop new skills that can be added to their CVs. You could even choose to run training courses that provide those who complete it with a recognised qualification. That will definitely make them excited about training. Your employees want to be assured that you’re not only thinking about the company benefits but how it will affect them as well.

Train during business hours

Something else that might elicit a negative response from employees about employee training courses is that it usually takes place after business hours. This requires an employee to make more time available in their work day or it takes up their lunch hour – none of which employees will be happy about.

If you can work out a training course schedule that has sessions that take place during business hours (find a time during the day when you’re least busy), rather conduct the courses then. You also should accommodate for the fact that the quantity of work completed in a day might decrease as a result. But it’s only temporary during the training course and as long as the quality of work remains the same, business shouldn’t be affected too much.

When your employees don’t have to reschedule their personal lives or add to their work-related stress levels, they’ll be more inclined to welcome a training course programme.

Lead by example

If you really want to encourage participation, then you should lead by example. It’s easy to make everyone else take part while you delegate and ensure it all goes according to plan. But if you take part in the training courses yourself, you’re showing your employees that it’s possible to make the time for training and learn something new along the way.

Everyone can benefit from training courses, managers are no exception. Lead by example and you’ll find more employees willing to give it an honest chance and respect you more in the process.

Take it in teams

Training courses are also an opportunity for team building and there are employees who would appreciate undergoing training with a colleague or two and not on their own. There will also be times when not every employee can make a training session and, in those circumstances, knowing that you have a team member to bring you up to speed before the next one is comforting. It’s also a tactic to make sure that at least one team member is available to attend a training course and that the courses won’t necessarily need to be delayed as a result of individual employees not being able to attend.

Also, by dividing employees into teams, you can create an incentive for the teams who do the best, completing their training first. There will be measurable elements to the training course that will allow you to track their progress and that can be used to create healthy competition amongst the employees to do well and take part in the training courses.

Interactive training methods

Lastly, try to find a training company that has interactive course material and training methods. You want your employees to be engaged and actively participate in training. You don’t want them to have to sit in a conference room and listen to a lecture that they could have watched as a video on the internet. That would be a waste of everyone’s time.

Address employee training to your employees with their time, intellectual engagement, stress management and careers in mind. Give them every reason to appreciate the opportunity and seize it for what it means for their personal development. That way, you shouldn’t have a problem with participation and enthusiasm.

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