While training is an area that often is overlooked, it is a strategic component of growing your business. If you want to make your business scalable, then it is essential to make training part of your business culture.
Business owners may often think that they do not have time to devote to training their people. But if you don’t train your people now, it will come back to bite you later.
Here are three reasons why you should carve out time to train your team.
1. Training makes you understand your business better.
Developing training material causes you to think deeply about what you want your company to look like. In order for you to train your team, you first have to understand what it is you want to tell them. The teacher always learns more than the student.
Don’t just train them for the job they do now. Train them for what you want your company to look like down the road. You will become in the future what you prepare for now.
If you want to have growth, think through how your team’s processes will have to change when you grow. And then teach them what they’ll need to know in the future so they’ll be prepared for that growth.
2. Training shows you care about your team.
No one wants to do a job that they can’t be good at. Taking the time to train your team shows that you care enough about them to help them be good at what they do.
If you ask your team what challenges they face on the job, they will know you are interested in them. And if you act on their process improvement suggestions, they will know that you care about them.
Remember love is spelled T-I-M-E. The time you devote to training your team is time invested in loving your team.
3. Training creates culture.
By training your team, you create an institutional knowledge that will be shared among everyone. And that institutional knowledge over time will create culture.
Although training takes time on the front end, it saves you time down the road by contributing to your company culture. And when you create the right culture, you don’t even need to be at your company. Because you will have trained your team to operate as if you were there.
Taking the time to invest in training will pay you dividends. As a result, you will be able to spend less time working in your business and more time working on your business.
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