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While the general consensus of a running a startup is that business owners are open to trial and error, unfortunately, you cannot afford to have the same mindset with your employees.
While the general consensus of a running a startup is that business owners are open to trial and error, unfortunately, you cannot afford to have the same mindset with your employees.

5 effective training tips for startups


By Shannon Ash, Rogerwilco - Oct 29th 2018, 09:58

While the general consensus of a running a startup is that business owners are open to trial and error, unfortunately, you cannot afford to have the same mindset with your employees. You need to hire employees who already have valuable experience, and the rest, well, it can be learned.  

As a startup owner, you cannot expect to hire the best of the best if you’re not able to pay them what they want. But what you can do is hire individuals with the correct mindset and willingness to adapt to your needs. This is where hiring a professional training provider comes into play. Sufficient training and skills development is critical for startup owners, and it’s also what they tend to slack on because they’re too busy focusing on other areas of the business. By implementing training, you will be able to motivate your employees to grow their skill sets, as well as mould them into the type of employees your business needs.

Here are a few tips to consider when looking at training courses for your startup business.

Decide what training is required for specific staff members
When you decide to conduct a training session or hire a professional training service for that matter, you need to ensure that the type of training you provide your employees with is suited to their roles. For instance, the programme needs to help them improve their existing skills, as well as tailor their skill sets to be more aligned with your business needs. Each of your startup employees is different, so be sure to analyse your training options and ensure that everyone receives the proper training needed.

Hold the training in the appropriate location
Make sure that you provide training in an environment that will inspire your employees to want to learn. Not only that but if you decide to send your employees to an external location, you need to ensure your employees can arrive safely and feel comfortable in the environment you’ve chosen. While you might think that it’s more practical to set up your own training at your office, it’s more costly than hiring a company to assist you. If you outsource a company, they will provide your employees with the correct equipment and knowledge needed to train them without you having to fork out on these items. Besides, having a professional come in and tailor your programmes to meet each individual’s needs will motivate employees to work harder and perform at an optimum level.

Make use of external training experts
The expectation of what you hope to achieve from your training experience depends on the quality of the training. If you go the extra mile to show your employees that you care about them by bringing in training companies in Gauteng and surrounds to assist, it will inevitably be a major investment for your business in the long-term. Despite the generalisation, employees do expect small business owners to take extra care of their employees. Motivate your employees by investing in them personally and professionally.

Understand the need for continuous learning
Too often, companies provide once-off training and never take the time to implement it again. With digital environments changing on the daily, it’s critical to keep your workforce trained and clued up on the latest trends. If you show your employees that you are invested in them by providing them with continuous learning opportunities, you will be able to reduce your turnover rate. Employees will be more loyal to you and your business, as well as show you how much they’re willing to grow with your business.

Record your employees’ results and progress
The goal with training is to learn something from it. If there is something your employees are doing wrong or need help achieving, training can help them improve on that particular skill. Once your employees have undergone training, monitor their progress to see if they’ve made use of the training in their work. You can also monitor this through meetings where employees can give you feedback on their experiences.

Final thoughts

Training courses for companies is an opportunity to upskill your staff and to give your business the tools it needs to succeed. Not only is it a great way to upskill the individuals you hired that don’t necessarily have the skills you need for your business but it’s also a great opportunity to boost morale in the office. Efficiency in the workplace improves productivity and employee motivation, so take the time to invest in your business’ greatest assists. These are the people who are going to help build your empire.


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