Continuous Training – The Cost Effective Way To Elevate Your Organization
In this blog, we will discuss specific opportunities your company will miss out on if you do not prioritize ongoing training for management and employees.
The first step to housing a productive team is building efficient processes. The second step, and arguably the most important, is to actually implement those processes.
Ongoing training in the workplace is an essential (but rarely implemented) key to keeping a team productive and efficient.
Lack of process and order leads to a chaotic team. If everyone has a different process for the same task, bottlenecks can occur and steps can be missed. This can happen in several situations including training new employees, team mergers, and simple collaboration.
With that said, it’s not only important that everyone is on the same page, but that you are implementing the best processes on a strategic level; not just the “easiest way” or the “old way” of doing things.
For example, a tenured team member may be responsible for training new employees. They perform planning and forecasting manually across multiple spreadsheets. This is the original method they were taught, but it is most certainly not the most efficient process.
A lack of new process training for this legacy staff member means new trainees start off behind. Ongoing training is essential for your existing team to enhance productivity in the workplace.
Better Tech, Better Training, Better Community
Without firm processes, your team lacks unity. Collaboration is an essential part of any workplace, it’s how new ideas are formed to grow and elevate your company. To collaborate effectively and take your organization to the next level, it’s important that all users are trained on all systems and tools.
It's entirely too common for an organization to acquire the latest and greatest tech available on the market, then leave it sitting on a shelf underutilized because employees don’t know how to use it properly. Give your team the knowledge to make full use of their tools and work together more efficiently.
Conversely, most cloud software that businesses already own is updated on a more granular frequency – be it monthly, quarterly, or annually. Typically most of these features are turned off by default as SAAS operators don’t want to disrupt processes. This practice though safe means that a lot of features go unused. No business wants to pay for features they aren’t using.
If properly and regularly trained, organizations are better equipped to fully utilize their systems gaining a competitive edge in their market.
For example: As a vendor, this can reduce your payment times allowing you to close your books faster, report in a timely manner and decide on pricing decisions, etc.
How does training improve team collaboration?
Without a standard, company-wide processes, workplace culture, and relationships are negatively impacted. When everyone is doing their own thing, it makes scheduling, planning, and reporting more challenging. The same task could take one person thirty minutes and another two hours.
Ongoing training can fix these inconsistencies. When everyone is on the same page, sharing ideas and passing along tasks becomes much more manageable and efficient for all team members.
It is much easier to retain employees who feel empowered in the work that they do and have the support to do this work well. Empowerment comes from engagement. Creating a space for your employees to voice their opinions on what’s working and where they need help allows a more clear view of the landscape.
Comparing internal feedback with best practices and bouncing ideas off of one another helps determine the best course of action moving forward. Collaborative innovation gives employees ownership of the process.
When strategies align, your team has a better understanding of their tasks, how to perform them, and deliver results. Create a space of do-ers, making your job easier than ever before.
Making sure that everyone is up to date on best practices allows your employees to do their job effectively on their own and during collaboration.
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Core training for soft skills and business processes is common. Systems training can be just as beneficial to team members at every level of the organization. Introducing automation or optimized processes in JD Edwards, Hyperion, or Oracle Cloud EPM is a great step to take. As systems update, make sure your training is updated too.
We mentioned this earlier, but it’s worth saying again; when properly and regularly trained, organizations are better equipped to fully utilize their systems, gaining a competitive edge.
How do I train my team on updates or new tools, when I don’t know them myself?
Easy - you tag in a partner like brij. Our experts keep up to date with every Oracle release so you don’t have to. Reach out to talk about our most popular training ticket program or schedule a 1-on-1 training session, a fully interactive workshop, or any format in between.