Employers are continually trying to find ways to increase the productivity of employees, an obvious solution is training. The success of any organisation is determined by the productivity of its employees.
So, let us first understand what exactly employee productivity is?
True employee productivity is an assessment of both the output quality and effectiveness of a worker or group of workers. It must be a combination of “doing the right things” and “doing those things right”, there is no value in “doing the wrong things right”. It is valued according to an employee’s output in a specific span of time. Typically, an employee works 8 hours a day in an organisation but are those hours of work productive?
This is the question that every employer should be asking to make sure that they fulfil the business goals. To increase employee productivity, clearly, they need to be trained for their respective jobs. However, further than that, to ensure that training is done in the specific tools used to execute those jobs.
For example, Grasp performed Excel training with a group of our customer’s employees. Through the training and interaction with our experienced trainer, we assisted this specific employee reduce the amount of time she was taking to perform a weekly Excel based report by 2 hours. Just this one specific part of the training course resulted in 8 hours a month being available for other work, reducing the cost of producing this spreadsheet and improving the employee’s confidence in doing the work effectively. If this were any one of your employees, calculate the impact of these 2 hours and her improved confidence in doing the job over a period of a year against the cost of the training.
Organisations should motivate their employees to take an active part in the training programs held by them. They should spend the right amount of money to provide training to their employees to gain the productivity improvements needed. The Return on Investment in well planned training is hard to argue against.