When building a long-term strategy for business success, one of the most important factors is a quality training program. Complicated, high-risk industries, such as manufacturing and construction, require skilled labor and experienced professionals. Without them, workplace injuries and turnover rates could rise, and the costs associated with workers compensation insurance may also tick up.
This is why the onboarding process - or how new employees learn the needed skills and behaviors to become quality members of the organization - is so important. Doing so will also create better, more efficient staff members, possibly contributing to a safer and more effective work environment.
Aim for a good first impression
One of the easiest ways to create a comfortable company climate is with a strong first impression, according to IndustryWeek. The sooner employees are familiarized with the firm's goals, processes and policies, the quicker they'll adapt and become productive.
For example, Michelin aims to develop staff members over a long period of time, not just to fill a need at the moment.
"We believe that nurturing our workforce - from the beginning - through programs that help them become engaged in their careers contributes to the overall success of the company," Sherie Burdett, onboarding manager for Michelin North America, told the news source. "When engaged employees work with passion and feel a profound connection with the company, they drive innovation and help move the organization forward."
This can lead to many positive results, such as a low turnover rate and a more knowledgeable workforce. In order to achieve these goals, IndustryWeek noted that firms must have good communication. All feedback from the first moment is critical to success.
Place an emphasis on safety and health
For manufacturing, construction and other high-risk industries, an emphasis should be placed on safety and security throughout the company. Well-trained, committed employees can achieve those results, but other organizational structures should be in place.
In order to get started, employers should make sure that all managers are committed to the task at hand, according to the Maine Department of Labor. All federal legislation and regulation should be complied with, and a system should be in place to help identify any hazards. Once this is done, it will be relatively easy to implement proper training measures.
Most importantly, it is necessary to remember that safety and health is the responsibility of everyone involved in the company. This includes both employees and management, and a collaborative environment from day one can help new employees integrate, while protecting everyone at the same time.
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