8 training needs your company should invest in

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Your employees are frustrated with the lack of training opportunities. At least that’s what statistics say, with nearly 59% of employees claim they had no workplace training and that most of their skills were self-taught (Lorman).

If you don’t already have a training programme in place, now is the time to act.

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Lack of training is cited as one of the main causes of people leaving their job. Up to 86% of millennials would be kept from leaving their current position if training and development were offered by their employer (Bridge).

And yet, lots of companies aren’t taking training seriously They take their workforce for granted and end up losing their employees to other companies.

Train your employees and increase your retainment rate by implementing the most valuable corporate trainings below.

1) Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion have been known as burning issues for some time, but what do they really mean in a corporate environment?

The objective of having diversity and inclusion training is to educate employees from different backgrounds, cultures, races, religions, genders, etc. to work together, ideally without bias and with a better understanding of each other.

Benefits of training your teams on diversity and inclusion:

  • Reduce the risk of harassment and discrimination at work
  • Educate employees
  • Give them the tools they need to work in a diverse environment and be inclusive
  • Boost employee engagement and retention

2) Time Management

Time management is a common struggle for employees. Whether you’re working from home or from a crowded open-space office, the distractions are many.

While we all know at least one time-management app to make better use of our time and be more productive, it’s also the responsibility of the employer to make sure their workforce is trained to handle a wide variety of tasks.

If you don’t invest in time-management training, multi-tasking might become a nightmare for your teams and they might experience a loss in performance in every task.

Benefits of having better time management skills:

  • More productivity, ability to meet deadlines
  • Less stress in the workplace, ability to make decisions calmly
  • Better work-life balance
  • Better overall success at work

3) Communication

Communication is often cited as the single most important skill to have at work, with 46% of businesses saying they’ve lost a customer because of poor communication (Project.co).

But it’s not all about customers. Communication between co-workers and between management and teams is essential for the company’s success, as well as for the well-being at work.

Organising communication trainings can help your staff improve the way they interact with each other, have better team spirit and be more efficient as a team.

Benefits of investing in communication training:

  • Gain the ability to share information timely and clearly
  • Higher productivity
  • Better relationships between co-workers
  • Happier customers and higher customer and employee retention

4) Presentation

Ah, the art of presenting…regardless of your job title, it’s likely you will have to present to an audience, at least sometimes, if not on a regular basis.

Here’s the problem: up to 73% of the population declares feeling a degree of anxiety with public speaking (National Institute of Mental Health).

Gifting your employees public speaking training is a gift, not only because it’ll give them the tools to deliver better presentations and represent your brand better, but also for the below reasons.

Benefits of presentation/public speaking training:

  • Gives employees more confidence
  • Increases employees visibility and chances for promotion
  • Improves the company’s image by making sure the message is delivered effectively

5) Professional Writing

Another skill that most employees aren’t usually comfortable with is professional writing. Tightly connected to communication, writing is an essential skill that is too often disregarded or under-estimated.

Being able to write professionally is essential to create efficient business emails, but also to be able to write other types of corporate material, going from one-pagers to promotion documents, reports and powerpoint presentations, etc.

In a nutshell, you’ll need some decent writing skills to be successful at your corporate job.

Benefits of training your employees on professional writing:

  • Protect your brand image from poorly written external communications
  • Connect with your customers
  • Ensure efficient internal communication
  • Improve projects success rate
  • Boost productivity

6) Stress Management

Stress and burnout are sadly common issues that can be faced in the workplace. They can have terrible consequences for your organisation as a whole, and for your people.

Anticipating risks and bringing awareness to the staff and managers is important to reduce the risks associated to burn-out and prioritise mental health and wellbeing.

Benefits of investing in stress management training:

  • Be able to recognise signs of stress
  • Provide management the tools to support their employees experiencing stress
  • Reduce staff absences
  • Higher employee retention

7) People Management/Leadership

Those who've had a manager who didn’t have a clue about people management, raise your hand.

That problem is easily explained. Being gifted at project management doesn’t guarantee in any way that you’ll be good a managing a team of people with different backgrounds, skills and personalities.

Being trained on people management, especially for first-time managers (but not only), can prevent many blunders from your team's leaders.

Providing this support to team leaders is essential and will give them the credibility they need to become respected leaders.

Benefits of people management training:

  • Employees feel more valued
  • Employees can grow in their jobs/within the company
  • Better communication, clearer goals
  • Better employee retention
  • More confident leaders
  • Higher team productivity
  • Better team spirit

8) Security awareness

Company data security is a critical point for any company and with new attacks coming up every day, it’s essential to stay up-to-date with the latest security practices.

Failing to train your employees on security awareness can result in huge financial losses for your organisation. The global average cost of data breach is $3.86 million (IBM).

Employees must be trained to know which behaviour to adopt in order to protect company information from hackers, phishing attempts and malicious people.

Benefits of security awareness training:

  • Your business is more secure, risks of breaches decrease
  • Employees are able to recognize what an attack looks like
  • Employees know best practices to protect sensitive information

Conclusion

Offering training sessions to your employees is often a way to make them better at their work, which in turns makes them less likely to pursue other job opportunities outside your organization. Make your teams feel valued and at the top of their game by investin.


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