Keeping hold of your very best staff is always a challenge and losing a vital employee could be a major headache for senior management.
Onboarding new members of staff can be expensive and time consuming. All this combined could knock your business progress off track and start impacting your bottom line figure. Losing staff on a regular basis can also have an adverse affect on staff moral. With this in mind you you want to try your very best to keep hold of staff, but did you ever consider that your training strategy could help boost your employee retention rates?
- Allow staff to see their own progress
If, like most managers, you’re incredibly busy you could run the risk of overloading staff with too much information leaving them little time to progress in their role. Before learning management systems new employees might have been given a folder of essential company information but if you have a learning management system and an onboarding course in place, you can make the whole process fun and interactive and you can give new employees the opportunity to chart their own progress. This will empower them from day one. They are less likely to become disengaged, especially if you don’t have much time to designate to them. This could help them stay with your company longer, especially in those early confusing days.
- Personalise staff training
As a complete newbie, you get a warm fuzzy feeling when something feels like it has been specifically created for you, even if it hasn’t. This is why it is important to personalise all staff training.
On your learning management system you can personalise the content to be specific to your company, so you can make sure your staff are always learning the information that is relevant to them and their job roles. Your staff can work through the training at their own pace. The training content is always there for them to refer back to if they get stuck on something or need a refresher. Staff don’t have to book out huge chunks of their day to attend training sessions, and instead can complete the training around their current workload. Implementing simple features and including a new employee’s name and job title could be all it takes to make sure they stay for 10 years rather than 10 months.
- Reduce repetition
As we mentioned, saving time is one huge benefit of implementing a training strategy and another way you can save huge amounts of time is to cut out all the duplicate data your team have to do.
Not only is this good for your business, but imagine how boring it is to enter the same data over and over again? Even with copy and paste, tasks like this can still take up a huge amount of time. If your staff are spending a lot of their day doing tasks like this, they’re hardly going to feel challenged in their job role, and it may lead them to look for something else.
Here are just some of the ways you can reduce duplicate data entry using a training strategy:
- Using email templates for automated communications, so you don’t need to send each email individually.
- Use course templates to copy all the course information across every instance of the course you schedule, then the only data you actually have to enter is the details which change, such as the date and the venue.
- Use task workflows to decide on a task list for all of your events and then simply copy it to every event you schedule.
- Pull reports which are updated in real-time, so once you’ve decided on the data you want to see, the training management system simply populates the report for you every time.
Although these three tips may seem incredibly simple you’d be surprised how many businesses neglect them and expect new employees to immediately fall in love with the company just because they are getting paid. In the 21st century it’s no longer enough just to offer staff a secure job, they need to feel looked after and setting up an onboarding strategy, which includes the use of a learning management system, could be the first step on the journey to staff retention.
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