Why should employers invest in training?
So why should we invest in training?
Health and Safety Law
Before we mention any other reason to invest in training your staff, it’s worth making it very clear that the law requires employers to provide suitable training for their staff. If you don’t believe us then go and browse The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, in specific, Section 13. When it comes to Health & Safety, you have a legal obligation to ensure that your employees understand how to do their job safely without harming themselves or others.
What will happen if you don’t train your staff to work safely?
If there aren’t any accidents or near misses then possibly nothing if you’re lucky. However, you could be randomly inspected by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and it is very likely that you’ll be asked to show them your training records.
If they believe that a lack of training is putting people at risk then you may face Improvement Notices, Prohibition Notices, prosecution and fines. If the HSE uncover a lack of training and there has been an accident, you may be slam-dunked in both the Civil and Criminal Courts. Why not check out the latest HSE press releases, to see who they have been prosecuting. So you can see there are good reasons why should employers invest in training.
Your company may end up featured in the press for all the wrong reasons, your reputation could be massively impacted, legal costs will build up and you may be faced with a number of sleepless nights. It is so easy to avoid. The good news is that some of it can be done internally, like induction training or Tool-Box Talks. This process can help new members of staff understand basic safety and welfare information such as what some of the common hazards in the workplace might be, what personal Protective Equipment to wear, what time to take breaks and how to react in the event of the fire alarm going off. There are, of course, many other things that could and should be included.
Some businesses have their own training team that deliver a range of different subjects that play a vital role in Health and Safety compliance such as Fire Safety, Manual Handling and First Aid. However, many small and medium-sized businesses choose to out-source these courses to external providers. As a training company, we are regulated by a variety of awarding bodies that ensure we are teaching to current guidelines and best practice. What this means for you, is that your staff are going to be taught the most up-to-date information.
Training increases productivity
Injuries and accidents inevitably slow things down. You may be left understaffed or with a piece of equipment out of action. Human error is quite often linked to accidents. When we carry out accident investigations we often find out that training may have prevented the accident from occurring in the first place. One of the main reasons employers don’t train their staff is that managers and directors often feel that training takes too much time or it costs too much. This is why people often choose E-Learning as it can be done from the comfort of one’s own home or workplace.
There are some fantastic E-Learning packages out there. We have a range of online courses to offer. Many people, however, prefer an engaging face to face training session. As a training provider, we don’t want to be a part of the “just a tick in the box” culture. We have encountered management that just sees training as something that needs to be done. It’s so much more than that. Training is about developing people and businesses to be the best they can possibly be.
E-Learning has its place but as a manager, you should ask yourself if it is right for your businesses and your employees. Are they really learning? Is it the best option for your industry or the individuals that work for you?
Your staff will feel valued
There are many ways to make your staff feel valued and training is one of them. Investing in your staff and their development demonstrates a level of commitment from you as the employer and in return, one would hope that a level of commitment will come back the other way. You’d be naïve to think that staff will stick around forever. We don’t live in that era anymore. People move on, people need progression and new challenges. As an employer, training can give them just that. This is a good reason why should employers invest in training.
One thing to be aware of is that people will forget things. First Aid is a classic example of this. The qualification lasts for three years. That’s a long time between spending one or three days on a course to then having to renew that qualification. This same principle applies to all aspects of training which is why some employers have staff training days or choose to send people of refresher training on an annual basis. There is an old saying, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.”
Ask yourself this question as an employer, do you remember everything you’ve been taught with regards to your professional life? If the answer is no then just remember, this will be the same for your staff.
If you want to discuss more good reasons why should employers invest in training, then please give us a call to discuss options that will best suit your business? here to support you and your staff to learn, grow and succeed.