Employee Training Offers Huge Benefits

Employee Training Offers Huge Benefits

I haven’t been an employee for nearly thirteen years now. As a freelancer I don’t employ staff either. I know a lot of people who do and my own workplace experience confirms my belief that employee training offers huge benefits to staff and the business as a whole.

Employee Training Benefits: The Employee’s Perspective

In the time before freelancing my career path looked very different. I help a senior support management role in the health and social care sector. I’ve always been keen to learn and expand my knowledge base but this was not necessarily something employers felt was important. One manager did and encouraged and pushed and facilitated a number of employee training opportunities, including a counselling qualification. I will always be grateful to that particular manager for realising employee training offers huge benefits because it certainly does. I was promoted, I took on more qualification course and even after leaving the sector to go freelance after starting a family, those benefits continued, as did my thirst for continued self-development.

Qualifications can have all kinds of meaning in the working world. 

Employee Training Benefits: The Employer’s Opportunity

It is important that when considering an employee’s skill set that you look not just at what they can offer you but what you can offer them too. After all, the better trained the people on your payroll are, the better they’re going to be at working in your business. Here’s just a couple of the best qualifications an employer can offer as part of a benefits package; why not think about implementing them within your own company?

A Management Program

If you’ve got a junior staff position that’s constantly impressing you with what they do, it’s time to think about taking their qualifications to the next level. You should think about offering them some kind of management training, whether just as an in-house program or as a qualification that can be recognised on a national level.

After all, the more managers you have on site, the better your company is going to run (as long as the business isn’t too “top heavy”. You’re always going to have some kind of senior position available for work that day, even when one of your other managers pulls out, and it helps to share the responsibility of spearheading a small and privately owned business.

A Health and Safety Certification

Whether it’s a first aid course, or just a general health and safety conference or two that you’ve been asked to send your employees along to, knowing how to properly behave in the workplace is one of the best ways an employee will impress an employer. After all, a health and safety certification shows that this person is capable of taking initiative, and taking charge when the opportunity calls for it. It’s a skill in and of itself, and it’s one you should share and share alike.

Some of the top H&S qualifications out there can be found online. For example, you’ve got the website at https://www.questcover.com/health-and-safety/health-and-safety-training/, who base their entire company ethics around helping business owners to help their staff. So make sure you’re looking into offering this kind of training for anyone you take under your wing – it’ll be a great boost to their CV, and it’ll be a wonderful boon for how highly your company rates on the national standards scales.

What About You?

Do you train your staff? Do you give them the opportunity to make waves with their CV, and move up to bigger and better positions in your company? If you do the likelihood is that you will boost motivations, productivity, decrease staff turnover and altogether foster an innovative and progressive work atmosphere. During regular appraisals look at not just what “standard” qualifications you can offer an employee but what more holistic courses you can offer.

If like me you are self-employed, don’t use this as a reason to stop ongoing self-development. It could be that ongoing training will be the making of your freelance business.

Supply Chain Procedures Post-Brexit

Supply Chain Procedures Post-Brexit

It doesn’t matter how you voted in the 2016 referendum; no-one could imagine the current situation. We could be days away from a no-deal Brexit and that could hurt everyone, businesses especially. There has been a lot of chatter amongst the business community about how to ramp up supply chain procedures in order to keep customers happy, ensure continuity (as much as possible) and protect a business in the light of the new movement of goods rules and tariffs. Needless to say, I’m pleased as ever to be someone who works primarily online!

The Importance of Excellent Supply Chain Procedures

Ensuring prompt transportation of goods and the correct packaging is highly important on all levels of supply. If your goods were to arrive to with the customer in question late, then they would not be very happy. Moreover, if they were to arrive in the incorrect packaging or without any quality control, then again the customer would not be very impressed.  While the majority of businesses have this built into their procedures as standard, everyone is going to have to really step it up as far as supply chain procedures are concerned to try and overcome difficulties caused by new legislation. Not doing so could lead to a negative impact on a business’s reputation.

Practical Changes to Supply Chain Procedures 

What level of purchase and product packaging options do you need to consider in order to provide a high level of service? First and foremost, it is pivotal to ensure that the inventory is sorted effectively and that no mistakes are made. You need a high software solution which locates every good and every procedure. This is true whether you are selling thousands of products or have a much smaller range. You can also increase packing efficiency with order picking trolleys and the right equipment. There are obviously different procedures of sorting out goods – from small parts assembly to kitting services. You need to ensure the right method is utilised. Doing so will save you time, something that will likely be needed more in the export portion of your business.

When there are several products which are identically assembled together, kitting is the most efficient solution. All of the products will be transported to the warehouse whereby they can be sorted and the packaging procedure can begin imminently – the cutting of the packaging material, the bagging of the products, the tagging of the goods – everything will be completed so that the goods are ready for the transportation process. This is highly efficient because kitted products can be shipped as soon as the order comes in. All that is left is the labelling of the destination address.

These supply chain procedures will depend on what your business supplies! You might offer gift wrapping. Some products, such as pens, which may come in blister packs. Alternatively, there are those which need to be tightly packed, such as modular displays, and so require shrink film wrapping. It is important for all to be aware of the packing procedure involved for each good to ensure efficiency and accuracy in dispatch.

Supply Chain Procedures Post-Brexit

These are just a few of the points that you need to consider in order to maximise the efficiency of your supply chain procedures and look to overcome any challenges to your business, now or in the future. What changes have you already put in place to ensure your customers can still receive your products in good time? Are you having to wait until you can see what happens with Brexit? For businesses, all of this “not knowing” can be costly and frustrating which is why so many of us are having to think and plan for worst-case scenario. What a world!


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