Seven simple steps to create a staff training plan
A good training plan should develop both an employee’s hard and soft skill sets. Here, managing director at Love Energy Savings, Phil Foster, suggests seven ways to create a staff training plan that’s guaranteed to succeed.
Training your team is an investment, and one well worth making. Employees who lack skills or knowledge are likely to struggle in a role they arent properly equipped for, causing demotivation, anxiety and underperformance.
Creating a good staff training plan
It takes time and effort to create a staff training plan that’s effective. it’s critical to understand each team member’s individual needs and to set training targets that match your business goals.
A good training plan isnt just a job description, it should cover hard and soft skills. Hard skills are technical skills that can be measured, such as the ability to use software for example. Soft skills are thoseless tangible skills, such as negotiation or listening.
How to create a staff training plan
1. Assess staff needs
Each member of staff will have a different level of experience and knowledge so it’s important you start by assessing them individually. This could take the form of a survey, a personal interview or manager’s observations.
2. Engage staff
Your staff are much more likely to be willing to take part in additional training if they understand the importance of it. Not everyone likes change so be open to questions from your team and emphasise the benefits training will bring. Create a staff training plan that encourages your team to research opportunities and make their own suggestions.
3. Recruit a specialist
To properly create a staff training plan and implement it, you may need to look outside your organisation. By bringing in a specialist co-ordinator who is dedicated to ensuring training happens, you can send a strong message to employees that you’re serious about their development.
4. Make it measurable
Your training co-ordinator should create a staff training plan that meet SMART goals. Specific, Measurable, Agreed-upon, Realistic and Time-based. This will ensure each team member is on a development path that can be measured.
5. Celebrate success
Encourage your team to take pride in their training achievements by celebrating their success. This will help maintain morale and drive, which is important for long-term training plans after the initial excitement has worn off.
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