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Too Busy to Train?
Do you wish your field crews and management people were as good as you? Do they often struggle and fail to do things the way you want them done? How long does it take them to master a new task or idea? Would a regular training program make a difference?
I recently surveyed more than 2,000 contractors and business owners. More than 98 percent said their people would do a better job if they offered more training.
But, this awareness doesn’t lead to action. For field personnel, 51 percent provide 0-8 hours of training per year. Only 12 percent offer 40 hours or more per year per field employee. For management personnel, 32 percent of companies offer less than eight hours per year, and only 24 percent train 40 hours or more. Contrast this with the top 500 major companies in America who average more than 40 hours of training per year, per employee.
Why do companies offer more training to management than field people? This doesn’t make sense. Construction companies make or lose most of their money out on the jobsite, not back in the office. Quality, service, productivity – all of it happens out in the field. When firms spend more on training in the office, field employees and their contributions to the bottom line are not properly valued
No training is draining
People want to make meaningful contributions on the job. They want to be recognized for their efforts. They need training just to keep up, and additional training to excel. If they don’t get the training and tools they need, they won’t accept responsibility for the quality and productivity of the work they do.
The 2 percent investment
Getting started is simple: Call a team meeting to select and prioritize 52 training topics. In our company, we cover the same 52 topics each year, plus new topics and innovative ideas. Allocate 45 minutes per week for training. Conduct training sessions in an interactive setting, on the jobsite or in the office.
Training involves doing
Work together, learn together
Working together to learn and improve each week fosters team spirit and enthusiasm. Give your people weekly opportunities to perform, opportunities to learn, and chances to train others. The return to your company in productivity, quality work, motivation, and staff loyalty will be exponential.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 10 February 2011 16:59|