Good employee training is becoming more and more crucial at a time when the labor market is tightening, and many skills taught might not even be applicable or needed in the near future. The skills gap is quickly changing due to the rise of digital automation and innovation!
This is likely one of the reasons why, in the 2018 LinkedIn Workplace Learning Report, 94% of employees said that they “would stay at a company longer if it invested in their career.” The survey showed that training, engagement, and professional development are the most important aspects of a job – even more than salaries and benefits. It’s clear that training and development is needed in all sectors, but especially in the trades where the labor gap is even greater. Here are some ways that you can make your employee training better:
Understand their goals.
Each employee is going to have different motivation and career goals. Understanding those goals is crucial to helping them reach their full potential and will build loyalty and value for you as well as them. The most invested don’t want to just punch in the time clock, they want to make a contribution to your projects and mission.
Give them training on the job.
According to the LinkedIn report, 68% of those surveyed want to learn while at work. This is particularly important for skills, such as you’ll find in the trades, that are best learned with hands-on practice.
Train them their way.
The LinkedIn survey also showed that 58% of employees would prefer to work at their own pace. The good news about new digital capabilities is that it also allows for increased training and development options and opportunities. From online classes, to conferences, in-house instructors, and peer-to-peer training, there are a variety of ways to give employees the training they need in the way that they will learn best.
Get managers involved.
Manager involvement is also a very significant motivator for employees. More than half of employees wish their managers trained them more! A strong bond between employee and manager gives them more personal incentive to perform. Managers who are engaged in employee training can better cultivate their career, and can prepare them up for promotions or better career path overall.
Train for soft skills.
With digital automation replacing tedious job skills, soft skills like leadership, communication, and collaboration are needed now more than ever. The more that your team that has these skills, the better your organization is prepared for changes in the industry.
Build in training time.
With a shortage of labor, one of the biggest challenges is to make time for training. Make sure that you factor in training time as part of their time on the job. And don’t forget that employee learning is a great opportunity for the whole company; workers can partner with you to give feedback on training programs so that you get better and better at developing good people.
And if you’re interested in helping to train craftsmen, but don’t have the bandwidth to do it yourself, don’t forget about the Madden Apprenticeship Program that we have available for you to hire craftsmen-in-training for your next temporary job opening. Give us a call today, and Madden Industrial Staffing will help you find the talent you need.