How to Set Up a High-Impact Employee Training and Development Program

Dr. Ryan Giffen

Training and development programs are quickly becoming a top priority for many organizations, regardless of their industry. Setting up one of these programs may be essential, but it isn’t a simple task. The program must be designed to provide your workers with all the skills they need while also demonstrating the company’s value.

What Is Employee Training and Development?

To build a practical training and development program that helps you accomplish your goals as a company, it’s crucial to fully understand what this program is and why it’s essential.

Employee training and development is a term that spans across a broad range of industries. Training, and skill sets, including the technical skills necessary to complete specific tasks. The primary goal for staff training and development programs is to improve performance and knowledge while promoting better organization around a particular topic.

What Makes an Employee Training Program Effective?

Successful employee training programs are more than random courses that your workers take when needed. These programs surpass the traditional new hire process by using a strategic and well-organized approach to the training process. This careful method helps ensure individual growth that is aligned with the company’s goals.

The main objectives that should be a part of any employee training program include:

Help workers develop better technical skills

Develop successful managers and leaders

Assist with training all employees in one unified manner

Provide career development support to all employees

Why Is Employee Training and Development So Important for Your Business?

A good training program for your workers can be a great benefit to your company. These programs can help your company out in more ways than one. Here are a few crucial reasons why you should consider implementing one of these programs.

Create a Reliable Leadership Pipeline

Good leadership is a top priority for many organizations. Most executives list improving organizational leadership as one of their top priorities for their companies. The issue with many companies is that most do not have the training and skills needed to meet the leadership goals they desire. Training can help staff members improve their current skills and learn new techniques. 

Increase Employee Retention

It takes a large amount of time and money to recruit and hire new talent for your company. Losing employees can end up costing you even more. Turnover for some industries can cost companies thousands of dollars, and that amount can increase depending on the worker’s seniority or experience.

With a reliable employee training and development program, you can hire, retain, and attract new talent for your company while decreasing turnover and hiring costs. When your employees find that you invest so much into their careers, they will be more likely to remain with your company.

Boost Company Morale

When you offer a training and development program, you show your team how invested you are in their overall success and well-being. These training programs provide an excellent way to unite people within a company. Those who share the same knowledge and skill set often feel more at ease while working together. By offering specific training programs, you can help spark innovation as you create job fulfillment.           

About Dr. Ryan Giffen

With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Ryan Giffen is an expert in human relations and business culture. His career began in hospitality, leading operations and human resource departments for Fortune 500 companies and the like. Not long after, Ryan found his passion for teaching and consulting. He earned a Ph.D. in Hospitality Management with a Human Resources focus from Iowa State University and now works as an assistant professor at California State University, Long Beach. For over a decade, he continues to research and speak on organizational culture, relationship intelligence, and leadership effectiveness. Ryan is also the founder of Inospire, a company helping bosses and employees build stronger relationships with one another.  Lastly, Dr. Giffen is producer and host of the Corporate Shadow Podcast. a show helping everyday employees overcome workplace nonsense.