When you look at any successful business in the modern world, they all have one thing in common: they train their staff well. But, as a smaller business, how can you possibly lay on the same opportunities as the big guns? There are a few options to think about, and today, we’re going to take a look at five of the best. Read on to find out more!
On the job
On the job training is one of the easiest methods for employers to use – but it isn’t without its problems. Employers will give their staff specific instructions and tasks to do, and will often have mentors or team leaders in place to help guide them. It’s an immersive experience -ideal for jobs like retail, where there are strict procedures in place. It’s also the perfect way to assess if a new employee is a right fit for your company. However, it can drain your resources – particularly during busy periods. Team leaders will be asked questions often, and there will be plenty of mistakes to fix which can take a lot of focus away from everyone else’s work.
When your employees reach a stage of needing to get a recognized qualification, e-learning can be an excellent option. Again, it’s not a perfect environment for education – read this for an interesting view on e-learning. But, your employees can learn in their own time, and receive beneficial advice and experience from course peers and tutors.
Group teaching is a good choice when a business is undergoing a lot of change. Let’s say that you are having a new IT system put in place that is completely different from your old one. Getting a tutor or trainer to hold a few classroom sessions will cost far less than one-on-one sessions. And, it can also help you identify the people that understand straight away. These employees can then be used as mentors or trainers further on down the line, to help people that find it hard to get to grips with the new system.
Off-site learning tends to take place in universities or educational establishments. They can provide your employees with a more rounded view of a particular subject. They are a great idea if your staff need official qualifications to do their jobs properly. But, it does mean that you will lose that member of staff for, perhaps, a day a week over a particular time frame. Also, you won’t have total control over the subject matter.
Residentials are courses that last for a week – or more – and offer your employees a deeper insight into a particular subject. They are useful for giving your staff a grounding in a new development in your industry. Also, the employee can come back and report on how those changes will affect your business. They can be disruptive to your average work week for obvious reasons – but they can be beneficial to keep on top of latest developments.
OK, so that covers five of the most popular ways to train your employees – do you use any of them? Let us know your experiences in the comments section below.