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8 reasons you should always train employees for new skills

In the world of manufacturing, it's absolutely critical to make sure your employees have all the skills they need, and are able to consistently develop and hone them over time. For that reason, an ongoing training program is a great idea. Not only will this keep your company on the cutting edge, but it will also help ensure your employees remain engaged with their work and satisfied with their employment situation.

The following are among the reasons why that's the case:

1) It keeps them highly productive

First and foremost, new skills training will help your employees keep up with your organizational needs, according to Achievers. That, in turn, makes sure there's no ambiguity about what a given task will require of them, and makes sure they can hit the ground running with whatever new initiative you roll out.

2) It makes them more confident in what they're doing

Along those lines, you can boost employees' morale around any such changes with this kind of training, Achievers noted. If you don't properly prepare people for new tasks, they can easily become frustrated and create issues for your new efforts.

3) It ensures they can handle any changes you plan to institute

Once the right training is in place (preferably on an ongoing basis as your business changes and grows), you can all proceed together in the confidence that you can handle any new tasks, Achievers added. With the right program, that can be true of individual workers, teams, and the whole organization.

4) It boosts teamwork

When workers learn new skills together, it creates a kind of culture that values not only ongoing development, but also helping each other get to the same level of skills, according to the Forbes Technology Council. When someone is struggling with a new task, a fully trained group will no doubt have people who are more than happy to provide some extra guidance outside a training session.

5) It boosts employee retention rates

When worker frustration drops and engagement rises, it becomes far easier to keep your employees around for years to come, the Forbes Technology Council said. Consequently, that means your costs for hiring are greatly diminished, and you avoid a "brain drain."

6) It improves interest among outside professionals

Likewise, when you have a strong culture and satisfied workforce, the word is going to get around in your industry, according to the ITA Group. That, in turn, will make people eager to apply whenever you have a job opening.

7) It reduces employee frustrations around change

Often, employees aren't frustrated by change in the workplace, but rather that they didn't get proper communication about that change, the ITA Group advised. With a comprehensive training program, they're highly unlikely to feel that way.

8) It makes your products better — and customers happier

Finally, when you are collectively confident in your ability to meet your own training needs going forward, you can roll out new products to meet your customers' needs, the ITA Group further stated. Doing so helps bolster your business in a number of different ways.

With all of the above in mind, it's important to note that the recent Voice of the Blue-Collar Worker Survey from EmployBridge found that many employees truly want ongoing skills development. Download your copy today to learn more.

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