Always be prepared. This Boy Scout motto has been the groundwork to launch presidents, CEO’s and leaders in innovation.
Being prepared means taking specific actions to ensure that you are prepared for the now, short term and long term. Many of us put this into motion on a personal level by eating healthier, setting up a 401k, creating a savings account, etc. But translate this motto to your workforce. How well prepared are they?
A workforce is the lifeblood of any business. The better prepared they are, the better your company will do. Sadly, many business leaders overlook the component. Don’t fall into this habit and make a change today. Here’s how:
Now. The first step to any project is analyzing the current situation. How well prepared is your workforce for the current job? Do they properly manage time and resources? What gaps exist that could create a better, more efficient employee base? One quick fix is education. Sign employees up for courses in time management or software like Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint based on their position and skill level. A more comprehensive action would be to create a customized training program that appropriately evaluates your employee’s skills set and creates a solution based on specific company goals. The Institute for Corporate and Continuing Education offers a fully customizable training program for businesses in the Tampa Bay area and beyond.
Short Term. Your skills set as a supervisor has a direct effect on your employees. Knowing how to help them reach their potential by striving to increase your knowledge base is one of the best solutions to creating a better prepared workforce. We’re not just talking leadership here. We’re talking how to engage your employees on a daily basis through quotas, goals and team work. This doesn’t just happen overnight and it doesn’t just come from employee training. No ego is too big to learn and improve. The Institute for Corporate and Continuing Education offers courses that will teach you proven methods with the end result of a more prepared workforce.
Long Term. Being the best means hiring the best. But the employees with the most potential don’t always have the most training. Taking an employee that has the components to be great (e.g. good work ethic, analytical mind, leadership qualities) and training them to be the very best through the appropriate certifications will translate to hard dollars over the long term. For example, if your distribution arm is showing a skills gap, certification courses exist that will take a warehouse supervisor or logistics manager and take them to a level that will trickle down to all staff. Empowering an employee through long-term education also creates a loyalty and a stronger feeling of personal responsibility for the company. The Institute for Corporate and Continuing Education offers certification courses in a variety of trades including healthcare, logistics and human resources that range from a few weeks to a few months.
Always be prepared. No matter what type of business you’re in or where you are in life, this motto will help you to reach that next level. Like all the great leaders who learned the what is needed to truly be prepared, you too can find greatness by taking the specific steps we’ve mentioned above.
For more information on the Institute for Corporate and Continuing Education and how you can become more prepared through training go to www.TampaTraining.com.