An organization should refine its process for increasing productivity, as it is a key for growing a business. Streamlining revamps the old process or practice and eliminates all the non-value added activities. It involves rethinking the existing procedures and determining if there is any better method of performing a particular task. Training employees on new streamlined processes helps organizations to meet their goals and leads to business success. Let’s review some of the benefits in training employees in streamlining operations.
Standardizes the Method: Organizations should train their employees about streamlined processes so that they will have a complete view of the operations in the organization. By streamlining your business process into simple operational steps employees better understand what they are doing and thereby perform more efficiently. It enables employees to focus on the primary task when there are better insights in the process and an improved workflow.
Minimizes Waste and Duplication: A streamlined process enables the organization to run its operations smoothly by eliminating redundant tasks. It helps in improving the efficiency of employees by simplifying operational steps. If employees are not trained adequately, each employee might follow processes on an ad-hoc basis which might result in duplication of effort. Training employees on standard processes to be adopted reduces the operational costs and maximizes performance.
Reduces Process Time: Developing streamlined processes helps organizations to limit the number of steps which automatically reduces the time to complete a task. If employees are trained about the process to be adopted, they need not waste time trying to find the next step involved. There will be less ambiguity and thus minimal wastage of time. Employees can complete their tasks efficiently, thus being more productive.
Avoids Costly Errors: Some equipment might require careful handling. Employees need to adhere to specific instructions and procedures. If employees are not trained adequately on the methods to be adopted, there are chances of expensive mistakes or errors being made in the workplace which could result in loss of man-hours or damage to equipment. Employees need to be trained about what to do and what not to do at the work as it ensures such errors are avoided.
Providing employees a streamlined process helps them in prioritizing tasks by eliminating the redundant ones. However, when organizations streamline their operations, they need to first train their employees so that it minimizes waste, increases efficiency, and helps prevent errors.
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As we know, every organization follows a set of rules and regulations. Employees need to be trained on those rules and regulations to have a basic knowledge of their standards toward the organization and customers. And, they have a clear understanding of what they can do and what they cannot. So, organizations may not be at risk when their employees know about their legal duties.
E-learning is a cost-effective and an easy way to train employees, when compared to the traditional methods of teaching. So, most of the organizationsare using eLearning to fulfill their training needs. The healthcare industry makes extensive use of the online training medium.
Training managers put a lot of effort while rolling out an eLearning project, as it involves many complex tasks.
As an eLearning professional, I often work with many training managers and admire their managerial skills. It involves a lot of work like training needs analysis, collecting content, dealing with Subject-matter Experts (SMEs) and developing the course for the stakeholders and learners.
Every organization needs to use their resources well to meet business goals and enhance productivity. As we know, the pharmaceutical sector is highly regulated and non-compliance to applicable laws and regulatory norms could be costly. So, you have to train your employees about rules, regulations, standards and recommended guidelines to avoid mistakes.
In my last blog, we have seen how E-learning, webinars and Mobile apps can be used to impart product training. In this blog, we will look at some more methods.
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“A major challenge we face today, therefore, is to create a desire in people to learn; and to foster and facilitate this desire throughout their lives.”
- Bryn Holmes(Author, eLearning Concepts and Practice, 2006)
One of the most important factors for organizations to succeed in today’s competitive landscape is the speedy launch of new products. The time-to-market of new products is critical to survive and succeed. Furthermore, the life cycles of most products are getting shorter due to rapid advances in technology.
On the other hand, if your sales employees are not rightly trained on your products, they will not deliver the right message to your potential prospects making it a competitor’s gain.
We all have a child in ourselves, energetic, fun loving and having zeal to explore and win games. In this state, we learn the best because our emotional state is very positive and retention of learning will be at the peak.
How do we bring out the kid in ourselves, while learning a new skill or acquiring knowledge?
Introducing new processes and software applications can be quite a daunting task. Employees are not receptive to change and teaching all the details and minute steps can be time consuming. Conducting classroom sessions might not be a very beneficial solution. Learners will need to set aside time from their busy schedules, and often, this might not be feasible. The limited number of facilitators will also slow down the learning process. Facilitators will also need to travel extensively to teach learners spread all across the globe. All these arrangements take up considerable efforts, time and financial resources.