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Train Employees to be the Firm's Next Superstar

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The days are nearing an end where businesses are bringing on employees slowly and gradually training them on operations. Today's CEOs are expecting new staff to get up to speed quickly, enacting performance management strategies and supplementing that goal by investing in training. According to a recent survey from cloud-based learning provider Skillsoft, only 13 percent of business leaders listed cost as their most important consideration when creating their training budget.

"This research shows that business leaders increasingly appreciate the value of learning," said Kevin Young, managing director at Skillsoft. "However, while training budgets themselves are not being cut, the time businesses have available to undertake training sessions is clearly shrinking.

Employees need to get up to speed quickly
The business world is more competitive than ever, and if new staff members can quickly fill roles in the office, it will give their companies a leg up on other firms in the industry. The survey revealed 42 percent of CEOs said the course length is even more important than content. Meanwhile, many prefer shorter classes, giving new staff an opportunity to learn on the fly. Businesses are also trying to help their employees get up to speed with new technologies being used by the firm. Sixty-one of percent of responding CEOs said they have a mobile learning strategy in place, and 24 percent are making plans to implement one.

"Courses need to be more succinct and to-the-point than ever, delivered in highly relevant, bite-sized pieces," said Young. "Cost may not be a priority for the CEO, but it will and should matter to the Training and Development team, and we work hard to set the standard in cost-effective learning with a measurable ROI."

Onboarding must be a success
In years past, companies' onboarding strategies have begun and ended with having new hires shadowing an employee whose role they will eventually fill. While this plan may have worked in the past, there are better ways to go about bringing on new employees. A recent article for Inc. magazine outlined a list of lessons learned from Slingshot SEO about how to create a successful onboarding strategy.

  • Let top performers train new staff: Businesses that want to get the most out of new employees need to allow their best staff members to hires through policies and processes. Not only will employees who are new to the firm be able to quickly learn how to complete their roles, but they will also be gaining knowledge from the company's best talent.
  • Don't take it too seriously: While it's important for new employees to be trained as extensively as possible, this is also an opportunity for companies to bring in a lighter side to the program. Testing staff about what they have learned during the programs with games and rewarding them with prizes can motivate recent hires to take part in the training regimen.
  • Provide enough time for training: Setting aside just one or two days for onboarding programs is simply not enough time to give new hires the ability to get up to speed. The magazine suggested allotting the time period of roughly a week to properly train employees who were just added to the team. The last thing businesses want to do is to have staff members that are unaware of how to complete their roles.

Are you spending enough money on onboarding strategies? Are your new staff well-trained when they start their roles?