Dan Markovitz explains why training without a goal is a waste of time.
“Just in case 2020 wasn’t challenging enough for you, here’s a brilliant example of how to waste time, money, and credibility in 2021.
The HR department at a company approached me recently about teaching employees process mapping. This company recognizes the utility of process mapping in continuous improvement and decided that a class would be a good place to start.
Sounds sensible. But with all due respect to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), I can’t imagine a bigger waste of time or money than this class. Not because training has no value—of course it does, in the right circumstances—but because this class was completely disconnected from any process that needed improvement or business goal. Training done for training’s sake, without linkage to some sort of goal, is like a cattle rancher taking vegan cooking classes: intellectually interesting, but kind of pointless.
In my experience, the half-life of classroom knowledge is somewhat shorter than the time it takes employees to walk from the conference room back to their offices. Without a connection to a desired business outcome, training becomes a strictly academic exercise that will be forgotten after the next bite of a danish. And even with a connection to a business outcome, you’re in race with the danish.”
Read the full article, One Easy Way To Squander Time, Money, And Credibility, on MarkovitzConsulting.com.
Bernie Heine provides a few cost-effective ways to boost employee engagement, productivity, and loyalty.
Showing gratitude to employees is essential, and a good and easy way to do it is with employee incentives that don’t cost money.
A good business leader should reward the employees when they deserve it. However, the reason why they often shy away from it is that it costs money. While one could argue that losing valuable employees is more expensive, there’s a middle ground. There are ways to increase motivation in the workplace that are free. With these employee incentives that don’t cost money, business leaders can make their employees feel valuable without breaking the bank.
Reasons to provide employee incentives that don’t cost money
Having your business transferred without delays was easy with the right company by your side. But someone else also took the burden of your relocation – your faithful employees.
Even if no significant changes have happened, your employees might have been doing their best for a while now. Through rewards, you get to increase productivity and show them you value them. Furthermore, you’re setting an excellent example for other employees by showing what values are important to your company. And since it’s so easy to show appreciation with cost-free employee incentives, there’s no reason not to do it.
Key points include:
- Flexibility options
Read the full article, Employee Incentives That Don’t Cost Money, on the ProfessionalBusinessCoach.com.