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Use Training and Development to Motivate Staff

by Kamy Anderson, from ProProfs, on May 7
Employees with no access to opportunities for their professional growth and development will be less motivated to work, become less productive and efficient, and ultimately leave the company behind.


The lack of employee training in the workplace is one of the major factors for people leaving the job and performing poorly.

Although the WorkJam white paper that reveals this role of lack of training was focused on the retail industry, it is safe to assume that managers face the same problems across other industries as well.

Employees with no access to opportunities for their professional growth and development will be less motivated to work, become less productive and efficient, and ultimately leave the company behind.

Fortunately, companies can overcome this by using employee training software to motivate staff and inspire everyone to give their best performance at work.

Here is how to use training and development to motivate staff.

Discover What Pushes Your Staff Forward

Deploying various courses all the time can strain your workforce, especially if most of the things they have to learn is not even close to their personal interests.

If you want to leverage training to motivate them, you will have to show them that you really care for them and their preferences. The modern employee training software solutions feature Tin Can API.

Let’s not dive into the technical specifics here. What you need to know about it is that it will enable you to track, record, and store all learning efforts of your staff. You will be able to see which resources outside of the training they use to overcome challenges, such as YouTube videos, blogs, studies, and so on.

In a short time, you will have the data on each one of your employees. You can use this information to create personal learning paths and show that you care for each individual in your team.

This sends a strong message of appreciation. In return, you can expect the performance of your employees to significantly improve.

Help Them Understand that Their Work Matters

Some job roles can leave the employees on a margin, not even being able to remotely understand how their work is contributing to the overall company success. They can feel empty and their self-worth can start to decrease. Finally, their motivation will suffer, which will reflect on their ability to stay consistently productive and efficient.

Employee training should not only be used to help employees become better at what they do but to also see the big picture of what it is that they are doing.

Here is what to do. Sit down and clearly define your company structure, and lay out your company’s goals and mission.

Describe how each of the job roles contributes to this and organize a brief employee training on this topic. This will help employees see that their work matters and motivate them to do what they do best. 

Look at the training as an investment. You can’t expect your employees to be motivated unless you are motivated to provide them the best possible working environment. A place where their work and effort is highly valued, but not only that – a place where they are valued as individuals.

Improve Work Quality and Outcomes

Happiness in the workplace is contagious and it can push the employee to be motivated more than ever before. What is the main roadblock to achieving happiness?

Some of your employees have more potential than others, but it’s important to identify this potential on time and give these employees the means to achieve their full potential.

Employee training software can help you discover this with ease. You can easily identify the workers with high scores that don’t even have to go through all the lectures to nail the test. These people need more challenging learning opportunities.

In some instances, workers are not able to reach their full potential because they miss the knowledge to do so. Employee training software shouldn’t just be used for training but for assessment purposes as well.

L&D departments can use this tool to assess the knowledge and skills of the entire workforce, and design and deliver courses that specifically address these gaps.

Finally, workers who achieve their full potential feel happier in their work. They will become more motivated and excited, which will reflect on their productivity and efficiency.

Use Employee Training Software to Streamline Onboarding

The onboarding process is a sensitive one, both in terms of time and sparking the initial motivation in new workers.

Employee training tools can help you streamline your onboarding efforts and minimize the time spent in training without the need to sacrifice its quality or the results. This is a great opportunity for you to show newcomers what it means to work for your company.

In this scenario, you can use the training you developed to help your staff learn why their work matters, as well as assess the knowledge and skill gaps of new employees.

You can also deliver custom-tailored learning paths that cater to an employee’s specific needs and preferences.

Delight and motivate fresh workforce in the early stages and it will make further efforts significantly easier, as you will only have to maintain this motivation and not build it from scratch.

Employee training should not be something that your employees are going to run away from. 

Employee training software can help you leverage the most efficient learning methodologies, implement blended learning, and include multimedia in the education process. Most importantly, it will allow your employees to learn on the go and from whatever device they have at their disposal.

Use employee training software to deliver personalized learning paths, long-term opportunities for personal growth and development, and courses that help people understand why their work matters. It will make your staff happy and motivate them beyond your expectations.

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