Need to get your employees up to speed on all of the new regulatory issues in your industry this year? There’s a plan for that. What about all of the new processes your vendors require before they can start making parts to your specs?
There’s a plan for that too. Now, what about employee advancement? The natives are getting restless after a couple of years and no promotion. Well, as you might have guessed, there’s a plan for that.
Budget and Time Constraints
Budgets and time constraints kill more training programs than just about any other factor. When you don’t have the time, or the money, it’s almost a given that you’re not going to have an effective training program. Most small businesses struggle with this one a lot. They just don’t have the funds to put together live events and one-on-one training.
Budget limitations can still be overcome, though, if you’re willing to be a little creative. For starters, you should find out more about online training programs. While you do have upfront costs associated with devising the program, the ongoing costs are low and you can create standardized testing and training materials – create it once and deliver it forever.
Online training also eliminates the problem of not enough time. Employees can take the training whenever they want, freeing your senior staff and executives up to do more productive work.
Delivery systems are important. If you can afford to provide in-house live training, this can be one of the best ways to bring on new hires and train them – especially if you’re a small business. Large companies still do this type of training but, more and more, companies are moving to online or distance training classes that can be completed on the employees’ own time.
Types of Training
- OJT vs Apprenticeship – On the job training, or OJT, is the most common form of training in business. Almost every company has something like this for their employees. Most employers don’t do the apprentice thing, unless they’re in the business of a skilled trade like carpentry or masonry.If you’re unsure about whether a particular training delivery method is suitable for your company, keep in mind that standard OJT lasts from one day to several weeks while an apprenticeship typically lasts months or years.
- Mentoring – Mentoring is another way to deliver training, though in an informal way. Mentoring is almost a forgotten art. With mentoring, your executives take on a new employee in a one-on-one setting. The employee shadows the executive and acts as a sort of personal assistant while the executive promises to pass of critical knowledge about his (or another) job that the employee is training for.By the end of the mentoring, the employee and executive have formed a personal friendship, in most cases. So, it’s more than just an employer-employee relationship. It’s more like a family relationship. Mentoring can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.