How to Train and Develop Staff

A wise man once said, “What’s worse than training your workers and losing them? Not training them and keeping them.”


In a recent study by Sharon Jordan-Evans and Beverly Kaye, which surveyed 6,400 employees, career development was listed as the No. 1 factor in employee retention. This means people are more likely to stay with a company if they feel they are developing professionally.

So what can you do to effectively train and develop staff? As a staffing company that specializes in on-site managed contracts, we know a bit about training and development.

 Here are a few tricks on how to train and develop staff:

1. Evaluate Staff and Determine Areas for Development:

You want to evaluate each staff member and determine areas where the individual could develop. You want to especially focus on areas that will have an immediate impact for your business.

2. Train for the Future:

You want to train staff members and expand their skills while positioning your team to be ready to support the growing needs of your business. So when you are determining areas for development, you want to train in the direction that your business is going, to be able to tackle problems of the future.

3. Cross Train Staff:

By cross training team members, it allows people to see the business or project from a different perspective and learn an additional part of the process. This also allows people to learn from a co-worker who may be extremely proficient in a certain area.  Once you get really good at cross training, it can also provide more flexibility in scheduling staff.

4. Provide Self Study Resources:

In the age of technology, there are many ways your employees can professionally develop without your immediate time and attention. By giving them self study resources, like Lynda.com, people can train on their own time and at their own pace.

Did you know that companies with engaged employees out-perform other companies by 202%? Not only that, but according to the University of Texas, companies who train employees consistently experience a 21% increase in productivity. This is not just because employees are more educated, but more motivated. They feel you as the employer care about their development and are investing in their future. You are making them better at their job, and that’s a win, win.

 

Courtney Gacona is the digital marketing strategist at TeamPeople. A champion of all things digital, with a background in strategic communication and PR, she blogs to keep readers updated on what’s new with TeamPeople and offers her reflections on the digital world.

TeamPeople is a media staffing company. We work with clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to government agencies to recruit, hire and manage creative and technical media production and AV talent. We combine extensive industry expertise with a passion for what we do to deliver best-in-class solutions for our diverse clients.

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