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It is not enough to hire staff members; it is also vital that you train them. Getting quality staff is not all there is to have a formidable team. There are certain times when you will need to engage them in a series of training.

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Taking time to effectively train your team will assure you of productivity, which you wouldn’t get if you just leave them to themselves. Some business owners often complain about the inefficiency of their staff members. But the question is; what are you doing about it?

Having your staff effectively trained will ensure job satisfaction on the part of your staff. When your staff members know that they are improving on their task deliverables, it gives them a sense of purpose and satisfaction. That way, they know that their existence in the company is worthwhile; good enough to warrant training.

Another great benefit of training your staff is that you get to increase their participation in the affairs of the company. Sometimes, it can be monotonous for staff to just sit back and fulfil the details of their job description. They get to be somewhat disconnected from the business. But when they are constantly trained, there is this sense of belonging that it creates.

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These and many more are the benefits of training your staff. Do you think it is something worth doing? In this article, I highlight 3 points I consider to be the best practices for training your staff effectively.

Focus on technical and soft skills

Depending on what each staff is assigned to do in the company, it is necessary that you incorporate both technical and soft skills into the training process. Technical skills include hands-on skills needed to perform their individual tasks. For instance, if you want to train your brand management team, you will need to train them on the technical know-how of brand management, design thinking, product design, etc. Soft skills include; communication skills, problem-solving skills, leadership skills and teamwork. These are also necessary skills needed to be effective.

Engage peer-to-peer training

Peer training is another effective way to train your staff. Aside from the initial onboarding process that requires your utmost attention, the rest of the training can be carried out within the team.

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To a great extent, this will even lessen the burden of training, as you know you do not need to be part and parcel of it all. Assign roles, and have the more experienced staff train the rest. However, you should make sure they can be trusted with the job.

Use multiple platforms

This is the era of social media and the world wide web. Things aren’t supposed to be as difficult as they used to be about a decade or more ago. Training your staff does not necessarily mean they have to be seated in a classroom form, with a whiteboard, marker, and a tutor. Inasmuch as that is an option you might want to explore, making use of multiple platforms will save the day. It will even make training more engaging and interesting. You can make use of video conferencing platforms, online videos, training manuals and how-to guide videos. This way, you get to record your training, to be reused at any point.

Here are the 3 sure-fire ways I believe will help you train your staff effectively. Trust me, they will be grateful when you employ these strategies. Good luck!

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This article was first published on 4th July 2022


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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