When most people hear the phrase 'workplace training', they assume it means basic induction training, or mundane employee onboarding processes. This couldn't be further from the truth; training and development courses are about ongoing learning, gaining leadership skills and continuously improving your business.
Todd Fletcher, one of Artisan's exceptional Programme Leaders, recently outlined the four primary benefits of workplace training and explained why it is relevant to organisations in all industries.
"I don't think there's any one business or industry that benefits the most from workplace training," explains Todd. "All industries can only grow from it."
"There isn't any one industry that benefits the most from workplace training," explains Todd. "All industries can grow from it."
1. Workplace training makes you an attractive employer
One of the most beneficial aspects of undergoing workplace training is that it makes you attractive to potential employees. In today's competitive business world, workers are constantly looking for opportunities in which they can develop professionally.
"If you've got a culture of training and looking after your staff, people will look at the job opportunity and realise, 'Not only do I get a job, I can get qualified in various fields,'" says Todd.
2. Workplace training increases productivity
Training has also been shown to increase productivity; a recent IBM study showed that increases in skill level at various businesses led to a 10 per cent increase in productivity. Todd agrees, saying that the more employees continue to learn and grow professionally, the more likely they are to take ownership of things and excel in the business.
3. Workplace training helps you retain staff
In the same way that workplace training makes you more appealing to potential new hires, it also incentivises current employees to stay. Most individuals appreciate companies that value the professional development of the employees, and workplace training is a concrete way of proving that you do.
"If staff feel like they're not going anywhere, they'll move on to something better," explains Todd. "On the other hand, if they feel like they're being looked after, or that they're gaining skills or new tools from the job, the chances of them leaving are lower."
4. Workplace training helps you evaluate employees
Measuring performance can be tricky, but workplace training is a great medium through which you can evaluate employees' drive and motivation. Through observing the training sessions, employers can see how involved employees are getting – how willing they are to learn new skills, to stretch and challenge themselves professionally. This can be a great tool for uncovering promising employees who could rise in the company.
Above all, workplace training helps businesses avoid becoming stagnant. In many cases, employees who have been with the company a long time are comfortable and set in their ways. Introducing workplace training initiatives can help show them the benefits of emerging tools and technologies while helping push them out of their comfort zone.
"If you're constantly learning about new ways of doing things, your company won't be as much at risk of losing customers or falling behind the competition," explains Todd. "Without this kind of a system in place, profits – as well as morale – can drop."
At Artisan Consulting, we offer a variety of specially-tailored workplace training programmes designed to help your employees, and thereby your business, grow and develop. Our courses cater to all types of learners, ensuring that everyone – even those who might not have been 'school' smart back in the day – excels and gains something from the training.
For more information about how Artisan's workplace training can benefit your business, please reach out to us today.