Staff Planning

Hints and tips

  • Talk to staff about their job, how they see their role developing and their training needs. It’s a good idea to try to retain and develop your existing workforce as they have knowledge of the business.

  • Staff should be continually made aware of the business’s objectives so that they can identify their own development needs. This can be done through ongoing meetings and in appraisals.

  • A formal staff development policy should be developed and agreed with staff. This will give staff confidence in the management’s commitment to training.

  • It is advisable to check the background and status of external training consultants before agreeing for them to conduct training for any of your employees.

  • The training expenses for small businesses can be reduced by joining businesses of a similar size when undertaking training and sharing the costs.

  • Workplace training can be an effective option such as the online courses available through Learndirect business.

  • After any training, the benefits should be evaluated. It is important to ascertain whether the training has improved the skills of staff sufficiently to fulfil the business’s requirements.

Staff planning business advice article: Crown Copyright © 2003-2013

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