The workplace Prioritise talent development

Many farmers know that well-fed dairy cattle yield more milk. On the other hand, seasoned managers will argue that skills are among the crucial performance drivers in an organisation.
Indeed, it is every manager’s wish to hire an experienced and skilled workforce. But the nature of the education system, especially in many developing economies does not support such an aspiration. Therefore, organisations have to invest in training and developing the workforce for effective productivity.
Training and development are essential areas which companies should prioritise because of the enormous benefits. A company stands higher chances of realising its business strategy once the available human resources are equipped with the right skills, are knowledgeable and enjoy their work. This also makes it easy to attract and retain excellent talent.
Lioyd Byars and Leslie Rue, authors of Human Resource Management, one of the practical books on human resource management, define training as a learning process that involves the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully perform a job.
Staff training programme can help a company solve performance challenges such as low productivity. Some companies train because of planned organisational changes, for instance, the introduction of new equipment or computer programme. This can render it necessary for employees to either update their skills or acquire new ones.
But training should be done based on individual employees’ needs. Considering that most fresh graduates lack skills, training should be packaged to transform them while help regular employees to update skills.
For a successful staff training programme, it is important to carry out a job analysis, needs assessment, establish training objectives, and evaluate outcomes.
As clients continue to demand quality goods and services, it only serves right for companies to budget and organise regular trainings for workers at all levels through understanding their needs..

The writer is a human resources expert and a journalist.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor


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