10 Reasons to Train your Employees
by Charlotte Bamber on 17 June 2013
As a training organisation we always encourage our customers to continually develop themselves and their employees. Training your employees can bring lots of benefits to your business here are ETTs 10 Reasons to Train your Employees
1. Increase productivity
If your employees know what they’re doing and are properly trained, productivity will increase. The manufacturing industries have caught on to this gem a long time ago. The most successful Electrical Contracting businesses train their staff to achieve improved quality, provide better service, reduced snagging and ultimately make a profit.
2. Reduce employee turnover
Investing in your employees will let them know you are interested in developing their skills. As a result they tend to stay longer and contribute more to your business. Recruiting replacement staff is expensive, time consuming and risky. It’s much better to train and retain your best people in the first place. Technical, management and administrative training courses can be as good a pay rise during difficult times.
3. Decrease need for supervision
Untrained and under-qualified staff can drain your management resources and distract your best people from urgent and important tasks. How many times have your Managers said that they can’t do something because they are still "keeping an eye" on an employee? Free up managers time and effort by training employees to do the work themselves. ETT Tip: Most electrical contractors are under resourced in the area of inspection and testing. Avoid becoming over reliant on one person by training at least one other alternative member of your team to an accredited standard.
4. Increase ability to employ new technologies
Keeping up to date with technology is essential. Ensuring that your employees are current with technology will not only enable them to do their job better but also ensures that your Company is at the forefront when it comes to the competition. ETT Tip: Evidence of training in the use of new technology is an excellent way to differentiate your business from the others in PQQ submissions.
5. Increase safety to decrease work-related injury/illness
Training in health and safety will reduce the amount of work based injuries which occur. This protects not only the employee, but also the employer when it comes to possible corporate manslaughter charges. ETT Tip: Let your insurance broker know that you have evidence of accredited H&S training. This will help the broker negotiate a better quotation with underwriters on your behalf.
6. Maintain employee credentials/certifications
Maintaining credentials is cheaper than allowing them to expire and starting again. Ensure that the hard won qualifications of your employees remain up to date with regular training. ETT Tip: Up to date accredited electrical qualifications always score highly in client PQQ evaluation. Ask ETT for free help to develop a staff training plan.
7. Help employees meet new responsibilities
Who would allow a 17 year old to drive a MEWP without any instruction? Then why do some Companies promote employees to new positions without giving them the necessary skills to perform their new role effectively? Training for newly promoted employees is beneficial to both the Company and the employee in terms of productivity, effectiveness and efficiency.
8. Increase job satisfaction, morale and motivation among employees
A happy workforce is a productive workforce. Training increases the wellbeing of employees and reduces absenteeism, mistakes and stress in the workplace – always beneficial for a Company. The provision of technical training including Inspection and Testing, Regulations and PAT improves the reputation of the Company and the performance of individual workers.
9. Enhance company image, e.g. conducting diversity training
PR and reputation is increasingly important in Northern Ireland. Gaining an accreditation such as IIP (Investors in People) can be prestigious in terms of promoting the Company and ensuring that people would like to work for, and with the organisation.
ETT Tip: If you want to win an invitation to tender via a PQQ procedure, you must be able to demonstrate evidence of planned staff training.
10. Improve risk management, e.g., training about sexual harassment, diversity training
Training in essential areas will reduce the risks associated with employing people and potential Employment Tribunal claims. Remember, the average cost of just defending a Tribunal claim is around £10K. And that’s excluding an award made against you.
ETT Tip: We regularly schedule risk management training for electrical contractors. For more information on our risk management training contact our customer advisor team on (028) 2565 0750.