webmasterAugust 9, 2016August 9, 2016Training is an essential part of maximizing employee productive. You want your workforce to follow the company’s safety standards AND be in the know about the latest product offerings. Over the last few years, research by American Express Meetings & Events has found that training budgets are on the rise. Why? Because on-the-job training, webinars and mentoring programs are not always as effective as live training seminars. Here are four ways to make certain you hit the mark with your training programs, every time. Conduct an Analysis Start by asking employees to fill out a brief, online survey about what they need to be trained on and where their developmental interests lie. Give them a timeline for survey completion and aim for 100% workplace participation. Next, ask management to complete a skills gap on their employees and ask them to identify candidates for advancement. Last, put the training needs into three buckets: critical to the business, important for employee development and nice-to-have bonus skills. With this in hand, you should be able to move to the next step. Identify and Prioritize Training Offerings If you are uncertain which training belongs where, here are examples of the types of trainings that fit into each bucket. Critical to the Business New Hire Onboarding Workplace Safety Compliance Standards Important for Development Computer Systems and Software Updates Managerial Training Customer Service Techniques Nice-to-Have Skills Effective Listening Becoming a Better Team Player Time Management Techniques Once your list is completed, be certain to prioritize within each segment in case your budget will only allow so many training sessions per year. For example, workplace safety may be the most critical training in your business because if your employees do not follow operational standards, your business could be shut down or fined thousands of dollars. Answer These Questions Who needs to be trained? What content needs to be covered? When does this training need to occur? Some training is time sensitive. For example, in order to qualify for a drug-free workforce insurance discount, training needs to occur yearly by a certain deadline. Where should it take place? Depending on the size of the training, you may or may not be able to hold it onsite. How should the training be delivered? How long will it be? Not every training session is created equal. If it is a 30-minute update on a policy that is critical to the business, a conference call or videoconference may suffice. Develop Budget and Staffing Requirements Now that you have a prioritized listing of trainings and answered all the questions listed above, now it is time to develop a detailed budget, including equipment training rentals. In addition, you will need to determine whether your trainers within the organization have the skill level to complete the training or should outside trainers must be hired. Hartford Technology Rental is Your Training Headquarters We work hard to make certain all your rental equipment is fully tested, charged and ready to go. Contact us at 888-520-5667 and we will provide the training rental solution you need within the budget you want.