This last quarter, there has been a lot of discussion around the dissolving U.S. workforce. This labor exodus has gained the moniker, The Great Resignation. Statistics show there are way more jobs available than people searching for jobs. For those not resigning, a large portion of mid-level employees, ages 30 to 45, are currently considering changing jobs.
Training could be a key to helping companies keep good employees and gain new ones.
Here are some things to think about:
- Employees want training. Did you know that “opportunities to learn and grow” are consistently among the top qualifiers that candidates look for in an employer? The majority of millennials rate “professional or career growth and development opportunities” as a leading factor when job hunting.
- Employees appreciate training. When companies provide structured, thorough training, they are making an investment in their employees, and employees appreciate that.
- Training helps employees feel better and do better. When employees are provided with solid training and the necessary tools to do their job, they perform better and in turn feel better about their work and about the company. Who wants to go to work every day if they don’t know what they’re doing?
Unfortunately, with this changing job market, companies often struggle to have the internal resources available to develop strong training programs and to deliver those programs properly to their employees. That’s where a third-party training company can come in handy. If you use a third party, there are many things to consider. Here are just three of those:
- Don’t be pushed into a box. Some companies will try to push their standard training programs for your organization. But if you need training on custom processes that are specific to your business, their program probably isn’t a fit for you. Make sure your voice is heard about your training.
- Don’t go with a one-size-fits-all approach. Not everyone learns best the same way. Some people learn best through live demonstration. Some learn best from reading. There are multiple options for learning. Make sure the training company you’re working with has a plan for finding out how to best accommodate your employees’ preferred learning styles.
- Be sure to have management approval. If a third-party company is developing your training, it’s important to have established, management-approved processes prior to training development. You don’t want to pay for hours or days of development to then have to start all over with a new process.
Training can be a daunting undertaking. If you are not sure where to start, seek out the advice of experts.