No Train, No Gain: Importance of Employee Training

Employee training is one of the most crucial parts of any business. 40% of employees who receive poor job training leave their positions within the first year. Poor training leads to poor job performance, and poor job performance leads to frustration from both employee and supervisor. When a supervisor is frustrated with their employees’ performance, it affects their performance, as well. A frustrated employee is not bound to stay long at their current job if the issue is not addressed. The cost to hire a new employee is almost always higher than the cost to train a current one, and this can also put more stress on supervisors who have to handle the process.

In many cases, an employee is expected to have some experience already when hired. However, every company does things differently, and training is an important way to help employees adapt and adhere to the company strategy. Training is also a crucial way to keep employees in the loop of what’s going on in their industry, whether it be new policy updates, new products or new procedures. This is especially important in the cleaning and food service industry, where things are always changing. An article on 2020projectmanagement.com outlines 8 benefits of employee training:

Improved employee performance – a well-trained employee is more likely to have greater confidence in their role, and thus perform better.

Improved employee satisfaction and morale – when your company invests in an employee by providing them with training, it shows that they are valued. An employee who feels valued is more likely to be satisfied with their job, and have greater morale.

Addressing of weaknesses - no matter how qualified an employee is, there will always be weaknesses. Training can help address these weaknesses and create a more well-rounded employee, reducing the potential for “weak links” within your company.

Consistency – no matter what industry you’re in, change is always present. Training can help make sure that employees maintain consistent background knowledge for their position, and that they also know the most up-to-date polices and procedures as they change.

Increased productivity - an employee that feels well-trained for their job will almost always perform better than an employee who does not, thus leading to increased productivity.

Increased innovation – a well-trained employee is more likely to get creative, which can lead to new innovations that can improve your company.

Reduced employee turnover – investing in your employees with training will make them feel valued, and an employee who feels valued is much less likely to seek new employment.

Enhances company reputation – when you have a training strategy at your company, it makes you more desirable for recent graduates looking to gain more knowledge. It also attracts experienced candidates who want to challenge themselves but also want to feel valued.

Training is crucial in the cleaning and maintenance industries because there are so many procedures to follow. Floor care, restroom cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing, handling bloodborne pathogens, and classroom cleaning all require specific procedures to be done right. If they’re not done right, it can result in wasted time and wasted product. Training can help ensure that the job gets done right the first time. The importance of training within a company is invaluable if you want to see your employees and your company succeed. Remember; no train, no gain!

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(Reference: “The Importance of Training and Development in the Workplace.” 2020 Project Management, http://2020projectmanagement.com/resources/project-management-training-and-qualifications/the-importance-of-training-and-development-in-the-workplace. Accessed 9 July 2018.)