Train an Employee

Key Points

  • Training an employee can help minimize liability for employers and raise overall productivity. Training assists in maintaining a competent workforce. It also provides professional and career developmental opportunities for employees, resulting in higher retention, engagement and motivation. However, employers must balance training costs with business needs.
  • Conduct a training needs analysis in order to balance goals, budgets and risks. Employers should accept employee suggestions. In addition, prioritize training in order to conduct legally-required training first, in compliance with federal, state, professional, licensing and contracting requirements. Employers should assess potential liabilities and conduct additional training based on those assessments. Supervisors and corporate fiduciaries should be properly trained regarding their particular responsibilities.
  • Develop and enforce policies, procedures and work rules that reflect internal training needs. Employers may wish to use a variety of training methods or approaches. Employers should consider offering employees multiple opportunities to attend training sessions.
  • Enforce attendance by keeping training logs and issuing training certificates. Employers may also require employees to sign training acknowledgments. Be sure to retain training records.

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