Your Success Starts With More Frequent Employee Training
- June 21, 2017
- Posted by: FAICAL CHANOUR
- Category: Uncategorized
Imagine going to a doctor or specialist, and the last training he or she had was 10 years ago. Would you feel comfortable having him or her diagnose or – worse yet – complete a medical procedure on you?
Technology and education advance on what appears to be a weekly basis in some industries, and the companies that remain on top of these changes are the successful ones. The direct route to this success? Continuous employee training, from the executive level down.
At Wakanow, an online traveling agency I created for people traveling to and from Africa, training for everyone on staff is an absolute must. The online travel industry is constantly changing, from technology used for booking to the various software platforms used to track your trip and restaurant reservations at your destination.
I’ve relied on employee training to keep up, and the following benefits highlight why this practice is needed for success in any industry. I’d argue these tips are absolutely vital for success, and I directly attribute them to the latest award I’ve received — Entrepreneur of the Year in the All Africa Business Leaders Award West Africa 2015. Here are the benefits that will make you consider training your staff more frequently.
Remaining Up-to-Date on Technology and Industry Changes
Technology and industries are always evolving, but constant training keeps you and all employees up-to-date. Part of your training regime should include a section on competitive analysis. This will not only provide an incentive for your employees to stay on the learning path, but also for you as the business owner.
At Wakanow, part of every training session involves a “what’s new” with our closest competitors. You must strive to not only stay competitive but also stay ahead of those in your space – especially the ones leading the charge. Besides having employees themselves research competitors, make it part of the training; it’s simply more efficient and effective.
Increased Employee Focus and Productivity
Training naturally sharpens focus, which has the best possible byproduct for any business, especially a startup: productivity. From my experience, the best training for focus is time management. I’d recommend making time management training one of the most important ones of the year, and revisit the training every six months or so.
During the startup phase of Wakanow, I began relying more and more on time management training, which has drastically increased productivity due to the stronger focus from my leadership teams and their respective employees.