Your Most Important Investment – Team Training

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Like anything else in the world, small businesses are only as strong as their weakest link.

The importance of team training is often not recognized and unfortunately, the budget for training is usually the first thing cut in tough times.

Employers also harbor concern that investing employee time in training may cause delays in project development and create deadline lapses.

Team TrainingHowever, solid team training can address weaknesses, improve consistency and employee performance as well as boost employee satisfaction.

Luckily, there are ways to invest in team training without relying on an inflated budget and without a major time investment.

Start by joining trade groups and associations. With an investment in annual membership fees you have access to seminars, training events and online resources to assist you.

Look internally to find strong leaders who can assist as in-house trainers. Send them to seminars, classes and workshops and have them share their knowledge with the team.

Put together casual forums where team members are encouraged to share some expertise with a group from different divisions. Sharing knowledge encourages cross training, which amps up employee value and keeps people engaged.

“Solid team training can boost employee satisfaction.”

Create a mentorship program, partnering veterans with newer team members, encouraging a partnership that will organically foster training and development.

Utilize online training resources which are often available at little or no cost. The plethora of content on the web can promote learning at different levels and allows team members to move at their own pace.

If you need to call in the professionals, try to be as cost effective as possible, as off-site training requires a lot of commitment. Consider bringing the trainer on-site to offer more specialized training.

Businesses who invest in training enjoy higher employee retention, improved recruitment and better output in the long run.

The Better Business Cleanse

It only takes one disgruntled team member to create a toxic workplace. Faster than you realize, this can infect everyone with complacency, irritation and general malaise. Nip it in the bud by cleansing the workplace.  Identify the bad apples and really listen to their complaints, strategizing solutions together.  Restoring a healthy workplace will boost productivity and improve morale.

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