The Importance Of Continuing Construction Training For Employees And Employers
Are your construction site employees struggling with their jobs and, in the process, affecting their work performance? Are you wishing that these employees are as good as your more successful competitors’ employees? Are you in the position to provide your crews with continuing training?
If you answered “yes” to most or all of these questions, then you are ready to provide your crews with continuing education. You have to act as soon as possible so as to avoid the trap of inaction or procrastination that, in the process, will increase the risks for injuries and illnesses. You must keep in mind that the less advanced training your employees have in their jobs, the higher the risks for injuries and illnesses on the job.
Why the emphasis on construction crews? Your construction company will make or lost your business largely from the performance of workers on your construction site although your office employees also have their roles in its profitability. You must then ensure that the crews have proper continuing training to ensure the quality of their service and their work productivity.
Here are more reasons why continuing training is a must for your construction crews.
Keep Up with the Times
In the Digital Age, construction companies and their employees must keep up with the times especially with the relevant technology. The high-tech, high-speed business environment demands a sink-or-swim approach and the best way to swim and win the race is to use the right technologies at the right time in the right manner.
For this reason, your employees should be provided with the right continuing education. You will find that when you aren’t too busy to train, they will not be too busy to make mistakes resulting in injuries to them and to others, among other consequences. You may even find that their mistakes will contribute to increased costs and decreased clientele base resulting in reduced profits.
Studies have shown that providing employees with continuing construction training of at least 40 hours will result in 5 to 10 percent increase in productivity and profitability. You can start with a priority list of topics for training and add a few new topics on innovations and technologies. You can conduct the trainings on-site or in another venue.
Keep the Team Together in Action
The best training involves active interaction between the resource speakers and participants, which includes doing, coaching and discussing. The best resource speakers know, too, that telling people how to do things, showing them how to do these things, and letting them do these things. In these instances, coaching and motivating the participants are a must for success.
During the training sessions, your employees learn together and, in the process, develop closer working relationships that can be transferred to the construction site. This is one of the benefits of training your employees in groups, especially in groups that they work with on a daily basis although specific trainings for foremen, doggers and riggers, and welders, among others, are also recommended. Besides, people tend to learn better when there’s camaraderie, coordination and collaboration between them, which can also be translated to better working relationships on site.
Just imagine the benefits from continuing construction training – more knowledge and skills for your employees; more opportunities to increase work productivity, employee camaraderie, and profitability; and more motivators and enablers in the group. Your expenses in training your employees will definitely be recouped ten to a hundred times over time and that’s the best reason you can have to invest in it.
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