Why you need a Training Plan a Makeover in 2020

It’s that time of year again! All around the country, people have made resolutions to eat healthy, be active, spend less, and sleep more, but makeovers are not just for people! True business leaders should be busy working on overhauling their employee training programs. If you aren’t taking this step, make modernizing your company’s training program a top priority for the new year.  Here are four reasons why you should revamp your employee training program in 2020. Your training program is too generic. Trying to design an employee training program that accommodates every employee can easily leave you feeling overwhelmed and going nowhere fast. Usually, when this happens, the training program ends up being generic and stale. It is never beneficial to settle for a standard plan that services every employee. While there will be a few overarching categories that everyone should know, the majority of the employee training program should be position focused. Concentrate on creating a training program for each specific role that gives each employee the tools to succeed in their position. A streamlined and role specific program will provide a clear path to productivity for each employee, regardless of their responsibilities. Your training program is boring and outdated. Employee training programs centered on meetings, outdated videos, and PowerPoints are mind-numbing! If this sounds like your program, it’s definitely time for an upgrade. With today’s amazing technology it is easy to find modern software that is effective while still engaging. Look for online training programs that are easy for employees to access and have the content to keep them interested and learning. Your training program complicates leaning....

How training benefits all levels of employees

New hires A standardized training program greatly helps in onboarding new employees. They will know what is expected of them and feel prepared for their role. Mid-level hires Your mid-level hires also benefit from a training program, because they can refresh their skillset on a regular basis. The tracking aspect of Conductor’s employee training tracking software is also helpful because it helps employees who have been with the company for a few years keep track of what training they have completed. Senior employees Your senior employees can not only keep their own training current, but they can use the software to track training for junior employees. Conductor’s training tracking software allows managers to access, maintain and manage all employee training metrics in one location. They can retrieve relevant records in a matter of clicks if the need arises.  Sometimes, human resources personnel or senior managers must provide proof of employees’ professional development history, completion of necessary training certifications and specific class attendance records. Conductor’s software allows them to access over 30 reports without the need for software add-ons or manipulating information contained in an external database. The reports are fully customizable for any date ranges, user-defined filter parameters and more, giving you hundreds of options for producing documentation. If you’re ready to see how Conductor Orchestrating Training can help your company and its employees at every level, download our free...

Four unexpected ways employee training can benefit your company

When you consider reasons to have a well-documented employee training program in place, your mind might jump to the legal ramifications of being unable to prove your workforce is properly trained should a governing body like OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) stop by for an unannounced inspection. But are many other benefits to implementing a robust employee training plan using innovative tracking software like Conductor Orchestrating Training. Internal communication Good internal communication is key to a business running smoothly. One way you can encourage that in your company is to ensure all your employees are trained to the same standards. Employees generally arrive at your company from a wide range of backgrounds, which can hinder collaboration. Including extensive training as part of your onboarding process ensures all your employees use the same methods, best practices and terminology, so they can better communicate with one another. Employee retention Internal communication is just one factor that contributes to a high company moral, and a positive moral and supportive culture leads to better employee retention. Employees are more likely to stay with your company if they enjoy their time in the office and respect their colleagues. But furthermore, employees are less likely to leave if they know that you’ve invested in them. Giving them the opportunity to enroll in job-related training to help them advance increases their loyalty to your company. Safety If your company deals with chemicals, harmful substances or heavy equipment, it is critical that your employees are trained to a certain standard. Having documented training can not only reduce workplace accidents, but it can save your company from...

How to get your employees to buy into training

As a business owner or manager, you’ve probably thoroughly explored the benefits of training your employees with the most advanced software for training employees and tracking that training. But implementing an employee training program that’s sustainable and successful requires that your employees also see the benefits of the training. And that’s up to you. So here are a few ways you can get buy-in from your employees. First impressions are everything Anytime you implement a new program in your office, the way you introduce it plays a critical role in its long-term success. Rather than dropping by individual offices and casually bringing up the topic in the breakroom, make sure all employees are told about the new program at the same time in a formal setting. That reinforces the importance of the implementation and ensures no one feels left out of the initiative. Call a company meeting and make sure everyone can attend. Prepare what you’re going to say so you can pitch the news with deliberate phrasing to strike the proper tone. Make sure you emphasize that the purpose of this new program is to help employees’ jobs easier, not challenge them by putting extra tasks on their plate. Provide just the right amount of details Make sure you are clear when providing your employees information that this program will benefit not only them, but the company at large. Give them the big picture first and then address the details. Tell them when the program will start to take effect and any other significant dates related to the implementation. Leave something behind Everyone processes news, like changes in...

Three common scenarios that require employee training tracking software

If you occupy a role in upper management or human resources, part of your job entails ensuring all employees are properly trained as well as managing the repercussions if they are not. You and your business will, at some point, encounter one of several scenarios that not only require that all employees meeting training requirements, but that you are able to provide proof of that training. Tracking employee training with powerful software instead of spreadsheets and documents will allow you to navigate these scenarios more smoothly. In the case of an accident In certain industries, workplace accidents are inevitable, and they can cause impacts and complications that are potentially damaging to your company. Even if employee negligence or company practices aren’t to blame for such accidents, providing standardized employee training can mitigate the chances of accidents occurring. If an accident does occur, having documented records of that training can protect your employees and your business. If legal issues arise due to an accident, you will be able to prove that your company did everything within its power to ensure that employees were correctly certified and trained to industry standards. In the case of an audit Many industries require employees to meet certain training standards as outlined by the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA standards require employers to train employees in the safety and health aspects of their job, to   ensure workplaces are free from serious recognized hazards. New employees must complete this training within the first few weeks of being hired, and refresher training must be completed annually. To ensure businesses comply...

How Employee Training Improves Office Culture

The most obvious results of investing in Conductor’s employee education training tracking software are the skills and knowledge your employees will gain from the program. But equally important are the emotional benefits which, in turn, boost overall office moral and culture. Here are several ways employee training creates a more positive office environment. Hire the right people If you don’t list your employee training as a perk when advertising open positions, you should! Many adults get caught in a cycle of completing their daily tasks and rarely have time to devote to learning new skills, so they recognize the value of an employer who will offer free education that is also directly related to their respective field. Not only will you attract more applicants, but you’ll attract the right kind of employees: those who view education as a valuable opportunity. These people are naturally curious, proactive, and motivated — soft skills that will help them to not only excel in their daily tasks, but also motivate fellow employees to do the same. See confidence rise Employees thrive when they know what is expected of them and feel they have the knowledge to fulfill those expectations. Standardized training makes them feel prepared for situations they might encounter during the workday, and that feeling of preparation boosts their mood and confidence. Improve in-office communication Every person in your company has a different background, and therefore a unique skillset and knowledge base. Overall, this is advantageous, because it gives your team a greater variety of tools and approaches to solving problems in order to fulfill company needs. But it helps to first...