Ten Reasons why we should train employees

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  1. Increase productivity

Laser cutting is like any other industry, if your employees know what they’re doing and are properly trained, productivity will increase. The manufacturing industries have caught on to this gem a long time ago. The most successful sheet metal working businesses train their staff to achieve improved quality, provide better service, reduced snagging and ultimately make a profit.

  1. Reduce employee turnover

Investing in your employees will let them know you are interested in developing their skills. As a result, they tend to stay longer and contribute more to your business. Recruiting replacement staff is expensive, time consuming and risky. It’s much better to train and retain your best people in the first place. Technical, management and administrative training courses can be as good a pay rise during difficult times.

  1. Decrease need for supervision

Untrained and under-qualified staff can drain your management resources and distract your best people from urgent and important tasks. How many times have your Managers said that they can’t do something because they are still “keeping an eye” on an employee? Free up a Managers time and effort by training employees to do the work themselves

  1. Increase ability to employ new technologies

Keeping up to date with technology, especially in the sheet metal working industry, is essential. Ensuring that your employees are current with technology will not only enable them to do their job better but also ensures that your Company is at the forefront when it comes to the competition.

  1. Increase safety to decrease work-related injury/illness

Training in health and safety will reduce the amount of work based injuries which occur. This protects not only the employee, but also the employer when it comes to possible corporate manslaughter charges. Let your insurance broker know that you have evidence of accredited H&S training. This will help the broker negotiate a better quotation with underwriters on your behalf.

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  1. Maintain employee credentials/certifications

Maintaining credentials is cheaper than allowing them to expire and starting again. Ensure that the hard-won qualifications of your employees remain up to date with regular training.

  1. Help employees meet new responsibilities

Who would allow a 17-year-old to operate a £500 000 Laser Profiling machine without any instruction? Then why do some Companies promote employees to new positions without giving them the necessary skills to perform their new role effectively? Training for newly promoted employees is beneficial to both the Company and the employee in terms of productivity, effectiveness and efficiency.

  1. Increase job satisfaction, morale and motivation among employees

A happy workforce is a productive workforce. Training increases the wellbeing of employees and reduces absenteeism, mistakes and stress in the workplace – always beneficial for a Company.

  1. Enhance company image, e.g. conducting diversity training

PR and reputation is increasingly important. Gaining an accreditation such as IIP (Investors in People) can be prestigious in terms of promoting the Company and ensuring that people would like to work for, and with the organisation.  In our own case at High Speed Lasers we undertook a program of training laser cutting machine operators on press brakes which helped us enormously.

  1. Improve risk management, e.g., training about sexual harassment, diversity training

Training in essential areas will reduce the risks associated with employing people and potential Employment Tribunal claims. Remember, the average cost of just defending a Tribunal claim is around £10K. And that’s excluding an award made against you.