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Futureproof your Business with Staff Training

We’re living in uncertain times, both economically and politically which can seem like a nightmare scenario for small business owners.  After all, it can be difficult enough running a business when everything is going smoothly – when times are hard, it can often feel like a battle to survive, staying out of debt and avoiding bankruptcy.  Today we’re going to give you some tips on how you can futureproof your business so that you survive during the unpredictable months ahead.

Establishing and running a successful business is a huge challenge that demands skilled and motivated management, especially if you employ staff to help you.  Did you know that your business could operate more effectively and efficiently if you develop and improve the skills of your employees?  Even the smallest of improvements can have a significant positive effect on productivity and output.  Whenever you hire new employees, you’ll need to ensure that they have the skills necessary to benefit your business and this could mean that you may need to provide the training for them – either yourself (if appropriate) or by arranging for them to attend a relevant training course.  Some of the benefits to your business of ensuring that your staff are properly trained are as follows:

•You’ll futureproof your business with up to date skills

•You’ll reach your business objectives

•You’ll feel confident when competing for new contracts

•You’ll stay ahead of your competition

•You’ll enhance your brand reputation

Here in the UK, there is great training available, whatever line of business you’re in and you may even find that you’ll be given some sort of funding to help with the training of staff – after all, it’s in the interest of the nation as a whole to have a skilled workforce.

When considering training it’s possible to continuously improve the skills of your workforce according to ongoing or changing business needs.  This will involve:

•Full evaluation of any training undertaken in order to identify whether it’s had a beneficial impact on your staff’s skills and behaviours.

•Using an appropriate performance appraisal and employee feedback process to identify the strengths and expertise of your staff members which will help them to improve in areas of further development.

•Including a process that encourages and supports career development opportunities for your staff.  This could involve specific programmes (such as mentoring or coaching) which will cultivate and support the skills that your workforce has.

 Staff progression and succession planning is much more cost-effective for a business than replacing staff who may be seeking better career development prospects elsewhere.  You’ll need to work out ways of identifying the potential within your business so that you can develop your staff and prepare them for new responsibilities.  Training them and treating them well is a method of motivating and rewarding them.  Providing opportunities for career development is an effective method of retaining staff and keeping the talent within your business which is a great way of futureproofing.