Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Don't Forget Employee Training

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Don't Forget Employee Training

Article excerpt

Employee training shouldn't end after the initial company orientation for new employees. Industries change, new technologies emerge and the best employees want to keep taking on new challenges, all of which creates reasons for employers to provide training for their employees.

Employee training should focus on three areas:

* Company-specific training, including company mission and values; policies and procedures regarding employment, intellectual property and workplace behavior; the use of information technology; and annual corporate goals.

* Job-specific training to help employees improve how they are doing their jobs and prepare them for their next promotions.

* Individual-specific training focused on skill-building that can enhance the employee's career, such as supervisor training seminars or graduate programs in business management.

Employers should consider informal training, such as mentoring, holding regular brown bag training lunches and cross-training programs that teach employees about other jobs at the company. Informal training does not have to cost a lot of money. …

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