This article comes from Entrepreneur.
No company can reach its business goals without a qualified and dedicated workforce. As new technologies emerge, on-job training programs have become increasingly useful to enhance both employees’ soft and practical skills. But learning at work can go beyond formal training. Businesses should get creative so that employees are constantly developing their skills.
While most companies invest in costly recruitment processes to attract the right candidates, their efforts on employee engagement and education often fall short. Without any type of incentives or supportive programs, it’s easy for employees to feel overlooked and unappreciated after a while — and for companies’ growth to lag in turn.
But training doesn’t always have to look like a structured program or course. Here are, as promised, six ways to implement successful on-the-job training.
A company’s core values are underlying principles that guide the organization towards its goals. By setting growth as one of your business core values, you won’t only attract employees with similar mindsets, but also inspire experienced team members to pass on their skills and knowledge to others.
Doing this regularly is the perfect way to break out of the office’s daily routine. Guest speakers can share valuable experiences that inspire your team and bring a fresh perspective to the workplace.
Between excelling at work and dealing with home life, it’s difficult for people to find time they can completely dedicate to self-improvement. Setting aside even a couple hours a week for employees to take an online course or explore new software can make a huge difference.
Give your employees the time and tools they need to learn by themselves, and you will have a more confident and motivated team. It’s also easy to do and costs you nothing.
Employee-led workshops can provide team members with useful hacks and insights. These activities can also enhance the sense of community between team members. By learning from doers, employees will have a more comprehensive understanding of new technologies.
One-on-ones allow honest and transparent communication between managers and team members. From setting expectations and giving feedback to chatting and clearing up doubts, they can keep your employees motivated and focused on the company’s goals.
To get to know your team better and help them develop, provide them with constructive feedback through monthly one-on-ones. Then, create development goals with them to guide their growth.
Creating a strong learning culture requires long-term planning, resources and expertise. The methods mentioned above are free, but once you’re ready to invest in training, you can create a department dedicated to growth. Besides implementing training programs, this department can work on measuring the overall performance of the company and developing strategies to improve.
Training-and-development opportunities can change your employees and your business for the better. Besides being more productive, employees feel more appreciated, confident and loyal. Meanwhile, ongoing training has long-term positive effects on performance, allowing your business to outperform the competition — which is ultimately the goal of any and all of these approaches.
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