The Top Employment Tips For 2019 Get training right first time with a training analysis In our latest series of blogs, we’ll be taking a look at some of the New Year’s resolutions that could have the biggest impact on your business. Here, our in-house expert Trainer Trev explains why a training needs analysis should be high on your agenda for 2019. What is a training-needs analysis?
A training-needs analysis can be a worthwhile investment for any company, but what exactly is it and what benefits can it deliver?
In simple terms, a training-needs analysis is the process of identifying and prioritising the right personal development strategies needed to help employees do their job most effectively. It can be beneficial for staff at every level of the business and, if carried out properly, can make a real difference to your overall productivity as well as staff morale.
Establishing your end goal
Before carrying out a training-needs analysis, it’s important to establish exactly what you want to achieve. Having an end goal in mind can better focus the analysis and ensure it delivers the results you are hoping for.
Goals can be company-wide or specific to an individual employee; examples may include making sure staff are fully trained in a new piece of software, or that they all meet the minimum food safety requirement.
Putting your plan into action
Once you’ve outlined your company’s goals, it’s time to establish where the strengths of your team currently lie. The most effective way of achieving this is by handing out a questionnaire, or in some cases, a one-to-one discussion might be more appropriate.
Collecting this data will form a strong foundation for your training needs analysis, by allowing you to establish strengths and weaknesses at an individual, departmental or company level.
It is at this stage that we would recommend finding an external partner – such as the ELAS Group – who can help review your training needs analysis. They will be able to take an objective view on the situation and determine the best route towards achieving your goals.
There are various factors to consider at this stage, including the work schedules of the affected staff, cost implications and any barriers to learning.
Potential gains from a training needs analysis
You might ask what exactly your organisation can achieve from a training needs analysis? The answer is that there are lots of opportunities to identify shortfalls within your business, which may otherwise have gone unrecognised.
There is potential to identify gaps in performance, which will highlight where additional training might be needed. There’s also a reduced risk of training failures, helping to eliminate the likelihood of money being wasted on courses that simply aren’t benefiting your employees or the wider business.
Employees who are given the chance to access more effective and relevant training are more likely to stay loyal to an organisation, so you may well find that staff turnover starts to fall. Not only this, the quality of the service you can offer customers is improved, potentially leading to increased levels of satisfaction.
Arrange your training needs analysis for 2019
The ELAS Group is committed to giving businesses access to the training their staff need – and this starts with carrying out a training needs analysis. If you want to take steps towards a more productive 2019, give us a call on 08450 50 40 60 to discuss your requirements.