Training Delivers Increased Profits
To comprehend the significance of professional training of any kind, one has to do little more than conduct a Web search using 'training' as the key word. When I sat down to write this article, I found such a search returned 59 million references to the keyword!
Sources identify 'great training techniques', and consulting firms will identify what training is right for you. I can help you narrow the scope of the search, especially for the prepress and printing industries. The Printing Industries of America (PIA) determined that, in the publishing segment, industry profit leaders outspend the group PIA refers to as 'profit challengers' by a 2-to-1 ratio. PIA identifies training as the #1 differentiator between those who are profiting and those who aren't.
This isn't rocket science. Training provides myriad benefits. Increased productivity, waste reduction, increased job satisfaction, and employment longevity are cited as direct results of training initiatives.
Training doesn't have to be complex or costly to add substantial value to your company. Proven training methods include apprenticeship programs, cross training, and off-site training. And due to technological improvements and mounting customer demand, training is increasingly provided via the Internet.
Virtual instruction is growing, because it's understood as the most time and cost-effective option for many companies. It also provides a wider range of training choices, while supporting on-site or locally-based instruction. The flexibility afforded by online training supports job-specific, hands-on instruction that can be cost-effectively tailored to individual and corporate needs.
Technology is also allowing companies to maximize their professional and skill development budgets, and better their bottom line, because funds are spent for local training during downtime. They're not paying for overtime and travel expenses.
Two things must happen to maximize training benefits. First, identify expected results. Is the purpose to increase knowledge, or is it to stay current with the latest releases of industry tools?