The Importance of Developing Your Employees
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In today’s economy, if your business isn’t learning, then you’re going to fall behind

 Your business learns as its people learn.
Your employees produce, refine, deliver and manage your products or services every day. Creating an effective employee training and development program is essential for getting the most out of your company’s people resources.

What are the benefits of developing your employees?

  • Increase productivity – When your employees know what to do and are trained properly, their productivity will increase.
  • Reduce employee turnover – Investing in your employees lets them know you are committed to developing their skills. They they tend to stay longer and contribute more to your business as a result.
  • Reduce the need for supervision – Non-trained and under-trained employees can drain management resources and distract your best people from those urgent and important tasks.
  • Increase your ability to leverage new technologies – Ensuring that your employees are trained with new technology will enable them to do their job better and helps your company compete better in the marketplace.
  • Increase safety to decrease work-related injury/illness – Training in health and safety will reduce the amount of work based injuries which occur, protecting the employee and the company from possible litigation.
  • Maintain an employee’s credentials/certifications – Maintaining these credentials is cheaper than having them expire and restarting again.
  • Grow your employees to meet new responsibilities – Training newly promoted employees helps the company and employee in terms of productivity, effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Increase job satisfaction, morale, and motivation of your employees – A happy workforce is typically a more productive workforce while reducing absenteeism, mistakes and stress in the workplace.


How do I begin to develop my employees?

  1. Define the skills or knowledge your team needs to do a specific job.
  2. Identify the skills gaps that currently exist.
  3. Organize and prioritize which skills and which employee’s needed to be trained first.
  4. Develop a structured approach to developing and delivering your training.
  5. Develop a learning plan for the next 6 to 12 months.

Your company can see substantial benefits to a structured training and development program. Recently, A.R.E. Manufacturing engaged with OMEP to create career pathways in their workplace.

See A.R.E.’s great results

When you can reduce the time it takes to train your employees, while offering greater predictability and repeatability of your training process, you’re ahead of the game!

Check back in a few weeks for our next post about team driven structured on the job training, where we will delve into more details on how to develop employees.


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  • Russ Gaylor

    Russ is an experienced Learning Professional / Program Manager in design, deployment, and management of global development programs that reduce operating expenses and increase organizational efficiency and effectiveness. During his 20 year career, he has managed small and large teams that delivered and exceeded performance goals. He is skilled in defining and executing strategic and operational objectives that deliver results. As OMEP’s consultant, Russ will continue to develop creative and innovative approaches to resolve strategic and tactical issues in the manufacturing workforce.

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