The Importance of Training Your Staff

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Benefits Of Training Your Staff

Businesses often look at the time and investment required to implement skilled job training — and they forego it. This is a costly mistake. You may think employees can just “pick it up as they go along,” but this rationale puts your business at risk for everything from subpar work and inefficiency to accidents litigation; failing to train is essentially planning to fail.

Here are just a few reasons you need strategic skilled job training:


You Won’t Waste Time Correcting Mistakes

Lack of training can mean that people make more frequent, and bigger, mistakes. Sometimes, a mistake is easily correctable. Yet, when it comes to skilled labor, errors often creates much more work for the employee in question, their coworkers, their supervisors -- time that could, and should, be spent on mission-critical tasks. Many forms of training can take place on the job, but training doesn't mean doing the job itself blindly.

Training means learning the best practices for the job at hand and being taught when to apply these practices to other jobs. If someone is “picking it up as they go,” they'll often create an additional problem because they don't know better.

You don't just have to backtrack to re-do the work, you also have to backtrack to teach them what they did wrong and how to do it correctly: this is the very training you chose to skip in the first place -- it’s a day late and a dollar short, as they say.

You're now taking the time to train, as well as the time to do a job twice. Training would have simply been more efficient.


You Won’t Reinforce Bad Habits

Worse yet is the mistake that goes unaddressed. This doesn't just cost you more time, it instills bad habits. The staff member unintentionally applies poor work practices to his or her job. This can lead to a number of problems, inefficient workers, and a lot of complaints down the road. Again, it becomes a problem that drains even more of your time, and resources, than you would have spent in the first place.

Not only do you need to retrain the worker, but you have to un-train then first. Unlearning processes that they'd already learned is even more difficult than learning a skill. You work against your brain and your muscle memory, and the bad habit may never fully go away.


You’ll Increase Cohesion and Collaboration

Training encourages cohesion between team members. A trainee always feels close to a mentor and has someone to go to if they have a question. When you skimp on training, you also sabotage creating that cohesion between new and experienced workers.

This is how a business that runs like clockwork can sometimes lose cohesion when a veteran worker is replaced with a newer one. Instead of taking the time to train the newer one, they're assumed to be able to do the job. Guess what? They can’t! Their potential can only be realized if they have the necessary development.

In fact, leveraging experienced employees as mentors is a terrific way to supplement corporate training sessions. Your new hires can work on their skills with guidance and advice from those who know the ropes.


Losing Flexibility

Skilled job training almost always involves teaching how your business approaches particular processes or workflows uniquely. Labor staffing you receive will often be very skilled at the job you hired them for. Yet your business may employ some flexibility between positions and roles. When someone is figuring out how to fulfill their own role in your business, they can't grow beyond this to take up the mantle of other duties when you need them to.

Training allows you to help teach them nuances of your business that may ask them to stretch outside of the role that you put on paper. This is crucial in helping a business maintain its pace and rhythm.


Technological Changes

Equipment and technology changes all the time. Someone you hire may be well-versed in an older piece of equipment, but might only know the basics of your new equipment. Making sure they're up to date means that they'll be less likely to make mistakes -- and they'll be much faster at using it.

This can work in the reverse way, too. They might know very up-to-date equipment, but you may use some that's older. Maybe you never saw the need to upgrade because it is still quite serviceable and does the job. They may not know how to use it. This doesn't mean they don't come with the skill set required; it just means that they need to know how to best apply those skills.


Training is an investment that delivers significant returns. When you need temporary labor staffing, training is one of the most critical questions to pose. When you can insert people with the right skills and mindset, you will operate more efficiently and effectively. For more information contact Labor For Hire, or visit the skilled labor resources site.