In order to make the most of your training and get the best results possible from your employees, you need to align your training programs with your business objectives. This might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s so important we’re going to dedicate an entire chapter to it.
There are many benefits that come with aligning your training programs with your business and organizational objectives, but there are two key reasons:
If your training isn’t at one with your business goals, you’ll struggle to see any tangible results - or, at least, the kind of tangible results you want to see.
On the other hand, implementing training that seamlessly aligns with your business needs and goals means you’ll be growing in the right direction and providing your employees with the key skills they need to get you where you want to be - which means, ultimately, that it is a million times more effective.
The knock-on effect from providing non-effective training is it costs more. You’ll see less ROI on the training you do provide because it’s not aligned with your businesses’ needs, and you’ll likely have to run more training sessions in order to get the results you want to see.
When your training programs align with your business needs, the ROI is obvious, meaning you spend less on the actual training (because you know exactly what your employees need) and get far more in return.
First of all, think about the main goal of your business. What is the ultimate aim? Think about where you want to be in one year and ten years and figure out the key goals that will help you get there.
When you’ve thought about your key goal, think about your “sub” goals. These will kind of act like milestones in your mission to reach your main goal.
Next, think about what areas you want to improve on and grow in. Things like sales teams, employee onboarding, and product development could be key areas you want to improve on.
These are the areas that, if improved, will help you generate more sales and grow your business overall.
So, once you’ve got an idea of your main goals and what you want to improve, it’s time to start aligning your training to them. Here’s how you can do that.
Start by pinpointing the areas that could use the most improvement.
Again, this could be entire departments, or it could be systems, processes, and strategies that need tweaking. Remember to keep your main and “sub” goals in mind while you’re working through this part of the process.
Once you’ve worked out where you can improve the most, start thinking about how you can help your employees reach that level of improvement. Start small if it helps, and consider specific steps they’ll need to take to get from where they are now to where you want or need them to be.
Next, consider your employees and what stage they’re at currently in the process. What will help them make that next step?
And remember here, we’re not talking about what will help them make the next “leap” - you want to keep things simple in the early stages while you figure out exactly what your employees need from training programs.
In order to improve your business, you need to focus on your employees’ goals as well as your own business goals.
This is vital if you want to give your employees the space to grow and become a vital asset in your company. Consider what their goals are, both within your business and within their career in general. This can help you determine what areas to train them up in and what they need the most help with.
Now you’ve figure out what your employees’ goals are, what your company goals are, and where your employees are on that scale of success, it’s time to bring everything together.
Effective training that aligns with your business objectives needs to focus on what your employees can learn and what skills they need to reach their own goals and your company goals.
Planning your training around your business goals shouldn’t be a case of guesswork.
It’s really important that you take the time to consider your key goals and the goals of your employees if you want to create training that’s successful, brings high ROI, and works towards improving your business and smashing your goals.