Employee Training

Employee Training

Why Training Matters

These days, one of the top priorities of many workplaces is employee retention. With the face-paced and now growing job market as well as the increasing ease with which employees can transition into new jobs, it’s imperative that employers stay on top of making their workplace somewhere that employees enjoy coming to. One of the key ways employers can do this is through offering training opportunities to their employees.

Training is a necessity in the modern workplace for a number of reasons.

1. Stay Up-To-Date

Training allows employees to stay up-to-date on industry standards and trends and, therefore, keeps the company itself up-to-date and competitive.

2. Stay Safe

Training keeps a workplace Safety compliant. It helps ensure a work environment is not only up to code but also that employees are prepared to work safely within that environment.

3. Improve Productivity

Training improves productivity and efficiency. The better trained employees are, the better they will do at their jobs.

4. Value Employees

Training improves company culture by letting employees know they are valued. Offering training opportunities to employees is an excellent way to invest in their futures and let them know you care not just about work getting done today but also about helping them thrive and grow in their abilities and skillsets.

5. Save Money

Proper training saves the company money over time. When employees are trained well, accidents are less likely to occur. On top of that, well-trained employees get work done more quickly, increasing output. They are also more likely to come up with unique solutions for problems and may decrease the need to outsource projects.

Types of Training:

There are many types of training for every department and position in an operation. When it comes to warehouses and distribution centers, though, there are 5 main types of training that are ideal to offer your employees:

Operator Training

Every forklift driver must be properly trained and certified to operate a forklift. Operator training is the best way to make sure your operators know what they are doing. Even after a forklift operator has his/her certification, it’s still a good idea to have them take a refresher operator training course on occasion.

Technician Training

Technician training is a great way to reduce third-party costs. Have one of your employees trained to be an in-house technician to repair forklifts when they are down.

Train the Trainer

If you have a large number of equipment operators in your operation, train the trainer is a great opportunity and solution for an experienced team member. This training instructs trainees on how to lead an operator training course themselves. Once the training is completed, the trainee will become certified to train fellow employees in-house.

Pedestrian Training

Pedestrian training is a wonderful, safety-focused training opportunity to offer all employees. In a warehouse or distribution center environment, it’s a necessity for everyone to know how to function safely on the floor. Pedestrian training will instill confidence in trainees as they work in and around the warehouse environment.

Lead Safe Training

Lead Safe Training is ideal for management level employees. This training teaches supervisors how to lead well and manage their team in a safe and effective manner. This training not only adds value to your management team, it also has a trickle-down effect so that all employees benefit.

Get Started with Training

No matter what the right training is to fit your operation’s needs, the important thing is to get started training your employees. Consider starting by creating a strong base of trained leaders, train your trainers, and then begin training in-house. Or consider sending your employees to an off-site training or bringing a trainer in to your facility. There are so many options these days to help you train your employees well, create a safe and productive environment, and take your employees to the next level.

Learn more about Lift Power’s training options HERE.

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