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7 Essentials for Training & Developing Happy Employees

Use your training—both internal and external—to develop happy employees. These people are motivated and want to build up your company. When everyone is onboard working for the common good, great things happen.

So what steps can you take to develop these motivated, productive employees? One key lies with effective training. Here are seven ways you can train your employees for growth and productivity.

  1. Train them in jobs they like. Transfer responsibilities from your worker that he or she finds boring, dull, or uninteresting. There are others for whom routine gives security. This frees up your worker to take on new and more interesting work. When your staff finds their jobs exciting and challenging, they will be happier and more productive.
  1. Give your employees room to develop more control. Help your employees self-manage. For some you can simply let them loose. Let them choose work time, break time, and flex-time. You may set the deadlines, but allow them to choose how they meet that deadline.

Others may need some training to develop the schedules and habits of independent work. You may offer systems, calendaring methods, prioritizing, and other ways to assist them to be more effective and in control. And for even greater impact, consider using consulting talent management to fast-forward their progress. As they feel the freedom and control over their lives and decisions, they will be more willing to perform at a higher level. They will be happier employees.

  1. Let employees establish goals, priorities and measurements. Your workers understand the on-the-ground issues. They can see what realistic goals and measurements should be. When you give them this freedom, you train them in valuable skills and develop trust and teamwork.
  1. Teach with upscale contacts. You can develop your employees by giving them access to key information. Invite them to important and desirable meetings. They will want to use the knowledge they gain for the company good.

Include your employees on key mailing lists or company briefings. By following the executive’s thoughts and planning, you guide them to grow those leadership skills.

  1. More face time. Give your employee more time with his or her boss. As the person works with the boss, it gives mentoring opportunities. He or she sees successful skills in action. They recognize what’s important to the boss and why. This subtle training leads to more informed and productive workers.
  1. Offer in-house training and development. Make your employees happy by teaching them on the job. They don’t need to leave or travel. They miss less time from their jobs.

At the same time, company training is ideally specific. The terminology and culture are already in place. It’s easy to see how the training fits within the environment of the workplace.

  1. Ask the employee to train others. When a worker attends trainings, or has a skill set, let them share with others. It can be as informal as a meeting over lunch. Or it could be an official seminar.

Sometimes co-workers can explain things more effectively. Because it’s peer-to-peer it may allow more open discussions and questions. It also gives leadership opportunities and prestige to the presenter.

Every company needs to be aware of the desire for workers to excel. When they are given chances to develop and train, you will have more productive and satisfied staff. The company will attract top talent and gain a reputation for happy employees.