Ideally, your staff will be excited about the work they’re doing for your company and consumers or clients. They’ll take pride in their efforts and the contributions they’re making towards meeting overall company goals. In addition, they’ll enjoy working with teammates in an environment that celebrates both individual efforts and group achievements. And all of this will motivate them to continue learning, to work harder, and to push themselves and each other for even greater success. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to find people that are willing to devote themselves to your company. Even smart, educated, and experienced individuals may see a job as a means to an end. In other words, they’ll only work hard enough to keep earning a pay check. But even workers who have become jaded by previous work experiences where they were mistreated by uncaring employers can be persuaded that you actually care about their welfare. With appropriate training you can motivate your workers to join the team, participate, and take pride in their work once again.
- Training new hires. The place to start with any motivational training program is when you first hire new employees. Consider that their past job experiences may have left them with a lot of baggage where the corporate environment is concerned. They could be conditioned to expect a certain type of treatment, namely that they’re nothing more than expendable cogs in the corporate machine. But if you value your employees and you want them to be motivated and successful additions to your company, you need to recondition them and the training process is the place to start.
- Refresher courses. Although most companies train their employees on the essentials upon hire, it couldn’t hurt to check in annually with refresher courses. This could include tutorials with software, especially if your employees have trouble with specific, complex programs (like SAP or Excel, for example). But you might also want employees to brush up on management skills, customer relations, or other important aspects of their jobs that they might be prone to neglect if not reminded of their duties towards coworkers and customers, just for example.
- Advancement training. If workers feel they have no opportunity to grow and advance in their current work environment, one of two things is likely to happen. They’ll either do the bare minimum to get by without getting hassled by supervisors or they’ll start looking for employment elsewhere. When you offer them the option to train for more advanced positions you’re not only giving them hope, you’re also providing them with the knowledge and skills needed to better themselves and improve their standing at your company. This can be an excellent motivational tool.
- Team-building exercises. Technically, this may not qualify as training, per se, unless you find a way to relate it to the business your company conducts, such as with some kind of group competition (like for an ad campaign, say). What it will almost certainly do is help your employees get to know each other and learn how to work together towards a common goal. Since this is the environment you want to nurture in the workplace, regular team-building exercises could advance your agenda.
- Ongoing education support. Many employee training and development programs include stipulations for ongoing education. In some cases, you may provide this directly through seminars, conferences, and in-house lectures meant to increase the value of your employees through imparting the latest industry advances. You could even offer e-learning courses on specific topics relevant to your business through online outlets like global learning systems. And as a final option, you could create a program that pays for continuing education, up to a certain amount, so long as it relates to the field in which your business operates. There are many options to ensure that your workforce is properly trained, educated, and motivated to provide your company with the edge needed to succeed.