Employee training is an important task and it’s not a small one. Many businesses outsource employee training to avoid investing time developing a training curriculum and material. In-house training has many advantages, however, and they are lost to those who don’t train employees themselves.
Four employees is the typical tipping point at which bringing a trainer to you is less expensive than sending employees to the trainer. Professional trainers often charge less when they come to you because they don’t incur the cost of finding their own venue. Inviting a trainer to your place of business also eliminates the cost of reimbursing employees for travel expenses or paying them mileage. Online training can reduce costs even further as they eliminate the need for a live trainer or lecturer.
In-house training gives you total control over how your employees are trained. Using your own managers and other staff members lets you tailor the training content and make it specific to your needs. An external trainer may include information that doesn’t apply to your staff or train them to do things using a different method than the one you prefer.
When you train your own employees, you know exactly what they were told and that they all got the same messages. Relying on outside training vendors means everyone may get a different instructor and a different variation of the material, creating inconsistencies among your staff. Training staff yourself keeps everyone on the same page.
Outside trainers pick the date, time and location of their trainings. If their schedule doesn’t work for you, you’re out of luck. Scheduling your own sessions lets you choose what to train when so you can train your staff during slow periods or jump on important topics and issues quickly.
Whether you want to give your employees an ethics lesson or show them a particular process, doing so in-house allows you to pull real, relevant examples from your own company. This makes the training much more significant to your staff and helps them better relate what they are learning to their jobs. This is especially true when discussing more abstract concepts that can be hard to grasp without any meaningful context.
The more your staff succeeds together, the more cohesion and teamwork you will see from them. Training all of your employees or teams together in-house serves as a team building exercise, creating a sense of unity and shared purpose. It also provides an opportunity for you to bring staff from different departments and organizational levels together.
The next time you want to train your staff, consider all of these benefits to in-house training and consider doing the job yourself. Remember that you don’t have to go it completely alone or start from scratch. There are many excellent training materials already available that you can utilize as is or modify to better fit your needs.