When people think of staff training, they think of something that is limited to the first week, or even the first day, of an employee’s time at a new company. In the manufacturing industry, this often involves an introduction to the machinery, a basic guide of the overall workflow, checklists and procedures, plus an introduction to the safety guidelines. This information is usually enough to get new workers off on the right foot and allow them to perform their first tasks. But, in the majority of cases, this is where the training stops.
Companies may not realize the huge array of benefits that can be unlocked if only they kept this learning process going throughout an employee’s career, making knowledge accessible at all times throughout the job. In fact, this is particularly important for manufacturing firms, as it can bring huge knock-on effects to productivity, safety and staff retention in the plant.
It boosts productivity and operational efficiency
Getting ahead in manufacturing involves constantly investing in new tools and machinery that keeps operations at the top of their game. But with the constant influx of new tools, employers must also ensure that the development of the skills in their workforce stays on par with the equipment at hand. With ongoing workforce education, staff will know how to use machines properly and efficiently to ensure maximum output and revenue. Rather than hosting offline training sessions that take time and can’t be streamlined across multiple locations, keep up-to-date information on one centralized internal software that employees can refer to anytime they want.
It ensures safety at all times
Keeping your workforce informed on how to use machines properly not only boosts productivity but also safety in the workforce. When staff know how to correctly manage tools, how to notice and handle malfunctions, and how to do all this in a shared space with their colleagues, they’re less likely to injure themselves or cause an accident. Keeping safety materials and videos accessible at all times means that workers can refer to them whenever they’re in doubt, rather than trying to recall information they received in their first week at the company. With digitised training polls and quizzes, managers can also consistently test this knowledge and make sure they are up to standard.
It boosts staff retention
When companies pay attention to staff training and knowledge development, it’s clear that they value the growth of their people. Such companies show their employees that they are willing to invest in sharpening the skill sets of their staff, to boost and foster further education, and to shape the growth of their career. As an employee, such values can make you want to stay at a company longer, as you feel like there’s constant room for growth with the right amount of support from management and the company itself. With that, training becomes much more than keeping employees informed, but rather encourages them to stay in an environment where they feel they can grow as an individual