Developing a learning pathway for your employees through training and coaching
The modern workplace is a relatively safe place but have you ever thought of the potential hazards? Eye strain, overuse, trips, falls, and headaches? For instance, a co-worker lifting a box from too high up could be a potential back injury.
Simple precautions can be taken to make sure instances like these are avoided. Rest breaks, proper lighting, ergonomic equipment – the basic requirements for a safe office. But how aware of Health & Safety requirements are your employees? Is there someone in your office that can train and coach others?
Having the right programmes in place could help you avoid any potential liabilities and make sure your employees are on the same page. How does your company training and coaching stack up?
Informal vs. Formal Learning in the Workplace
According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, 70 percent of what employees know about their jobs is learned informally on the job. Much of this learning is through employee interactions, asking others for advice, observing, sharing ideas, mentoring, coaching, and developmental feedback.
Yet while informal learning is one avenue, offering a more structured, formal approach to learning and development has its advantages. For one, it allows the same information to be widespread across a company. Well-designed programmes also offer a variety of methods to suit different learning styles.
It’s part of every manager’s role to develop their people and ensure they are capable of delivering company results. Since it’s vital to the company’s success, it’s important for those managers to understand learning so they can train and coach efficiently.
Top talent is attracted to learning and development
We often associate the term ‘employee benefits’ with vacation days, bonuses etc. But as the market for competent and skilled people gets more competitive, the top talent is looking for organisations that have a strong training and learning culture.
According to the Harvard Business Review, job seekers, from entry-level to senior executive, are more concerned with opportunities for learning and development than any other aspect of the job. Job candidates want to work with someone they can learn from and as the HBR points out, the potential boss they have to work with is the single most important person in the organisation.
Statistics from Google’s analytics team also show that coaching tops the list of behaviours for effective managers based on thousands of employee performance reviews. The other added benefit was career development.
As a manager, do you know how to get the best out of your people?
Training the Trainer
Becoming an effective trainer means you can help develop the skills needed in your organisation to help drive the business and create change.
To have an open discussion about how you can effectively develop your people, give us a call on 09-579-8566 or email me.