Technology permeates nearly every job and every industry in the world. Technology is also ever-changing and requires continued learning for people to keep abreast of how to use it. Whether your employees are using a point-of-sale application or spend their entire career working with the complicated technical aspects of the software, one thing is certain: if you haven’t already implemented ongoing education into your employee benefits package, now is the time to do so.
Training Increases Productivity
When you provide your employees with ongoing training, you help them become more productive. The more someone knows about his or her job or the industry overall, the easier it will be to do the work that you expect. When work is easier, it goes faster, and more gets done. In fact, one research study conducted by Gartner found that every hour an employee receives ongoing training translates to five more hours of productivity throughout the year.
Training Saves the Company Money
Providing data center training courses or any other type of education for your employees might cost upfront, but the return on investment saves you money in the long run. Mistakes made on the job cost money. Not only is there the potential for needing to toss out the unusable product, but the time spent fixing the error costs more money as well. When employees are more educated, they are less likely to make mistakes, which reduces errors, reduces downtime, and even helps your company to get more work done without needing to hire additional employees.
Training Aids in Employee Retention
Training your employees makes them more likely to stick around (which also saves money, since it costs to hire and train new people). Where do you look when deciding how to retain employees? Find the Millennials. Companies have spent the last few years offering free food and unique offices with arcades and lots of other fun things in an attempt to retain young workers. The catch is these young workers have little interest in the non-essential items provided in the hopes of job satisfaction. They’re more interested in pursuing development and having a purpose in their jobs. Investing in your employees by offering ongoing education and showing you are invested in their futures makes them more likely to stick around.
Remember, you don’t need to do everything at once and you can’t expect to create training courses if you don’t understand the information yourself. If you don’t have the means available to create in-house courses, reach out to local colleges, career centers, and education-oriented businesses to help you find solutions for your employees.