In the corporate training space, we often discuss the importance of learning in companies that operate on a large scale. However, we also know that small and medium businesses employ the majority (nearly 60%!) of the private workforce in the U.S. , and between 60-80% of all new jobs come from small businesses. Training is equally important at these small businesses as it is with their larger counterparts, though the training itself must meet the unique needs and characteristics of companies with fewer than 500 employees.
With this in mind, here are some best practices for professional training in your small business:
1. Train early: One of the best ways to onboard new employees to your company is through effective training that is engaging and immediately invests them in the company. Provide training that is not only useful, but allows new hires to get to know their colleagues and the mission of your company so they can feel like a part of the team from day one.
2. Train often: Just because your employees have been successfully onboarded to the company doesn’t mean that training is over. Continuous training and new learning opportunities can give your employees the ability to participate in leadership development while staying up-to-date in your industry. This not only insures employees will have the knowledge they need for success, but it also cultivates talent that can grow with your business.
3. Cut admin time: Small businesses don’t always have dedicated resources to handle the technical aspects of learning and training, which can often be time-consuming and a drain on human resources. Instead of wasting time on training administration, find solutions that offer superior customer service so you can deliver high-quality training without wasting your company’s resources.
4. Be flexible: Since your company is small, you should be agile and able to adapt when new learning technologies become available. By continuously finding new and engaging technologies to deliver training, you will see higher levels of participation from your employees, more engagement with learning material, and a greater impact on business.
5. Stay tech-savvy: You’ve probably heard that today’s employees are demanding more flexible policies on social media and technology use. Meet those demands in training by integrating social media and collaboration with learning, and by leveraging the technology your employees already use – like tablets and smartphones- to deliver training any time, anywhere.
At Blackboard, we are proud to offer services and solutions for small and medium businesses, including Blackboard ProSites. With ProSites, your small business can deliver high-quality training that is as easy to use and flexible to your unique needs.
What other best practices would you add to the list above? What training successes have you found within your small business? Let us know in the comments below