Just how much training should managers provide

Just how much training should managers provide?

Since change is the only constant in this world, life will always be a never-ending learning process. As Andy Grove, CEO of Intel Corporation, said, “There are only two ways a manager can impact an employee’s output: motivation and training. If you are not training, you are neglecting half the job.”

For an organisation to prosper, all the team members should equip themselves with proper knowledge and skills. This training should help them to adapt to the changing times. 

But how much training should a manager provide to its members to become more productive and motivated?

While it is better to train each member as often as possible, it will exhaust the employees, cost the organisation a hefty amount and not be time-efficient. It is not about how much training you provide to them each year but the consistency and relevance of these sessions.

Two training sessions a year might suffice, if it is relevant to their role. Quarterly training sessions might be suitable if you have more time and budget to spare. Monthly slots may be overkill. Note that training sessions are not to be confused with company retreats and other recreation activities. 

Benefits of Training
You train your employees to be productive team members, equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need. However, there are more benefits that the whole company can reap. 

Positive Employee Retention: Providing employees with adequate and relevant training will make them feel valued and happier to stay put for longer. When an employee vacates a position, you have to find someone to replace him, leading to task backlogs and operational memory loss.

Employee Efficiency: Since staff are equipped with the knowledge and skills to work more effectively, they will tend to be more efficient. Furthermore, their confidence to complete tasks and take on extra responsibilities will increase, leading to happier and healthier work life.

Decrease in Talent Gap: Competition within the team is essential for an organisation to thrive. However, if you can see that the talent gap between team members is wide, you cannot expect too much of this. It is better to provide training to close the gap and attempt to attain fairness and balance within the company. Furthermore, your employees will become more competitive, not just within the team but within other business competitors too.

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