It's March, which means it is time for Spring Training! Being located in Central Florida, this is a big deal for both our Orlando and Tampa locations, as many Major League Baseball teams flock to our cities to kick off another season of America's pastime. It is a time of hope, the beginning of what may be a season capped off with a World Series championship -- unless you are a Mets fan, and then it's a time to be happy that your team hasn't lost a game yet (because, well, they haven't played one).
Spring Training is when players start to prepare for the upcoming season. A lot changes from year to year in baseball, so teams use this time for strategy planning and chemistry building. A lot can also change from year to year in your office. Now, your business is most likely not run on a seasonal basis like baseball (where you work for a few months and take the rest of the year to vacation in Cabo San Lucas), but spring can be a great time to get in some training and chemistry for your team of employees.
I feel like I heard the groans coming from your employees at the mention of the word "training". I'll ignore those imaginary groans, because training is important. According to this great article on Chron.com, training improves employee performance and satisfaction, addresses weaknesses and gives employees a sense of consistency on company policies. What type of training does your team need? That really depends on the office and industry, but here are a few suggestions that could work for any office situation.
Whether you are working on a construction site or in the friendly confines of a well air-conditioned office complete with ergonomic chairs, safety should always be a top priority. Having a yearly safety training lets your employees know that you care about their well-being.
Here's a Pro Tip: Best way to spice up what may be a boring training session is to show a funny video. It's entertaining, people are laughing, but they also see first hand the importance of safety procedures.
Hiregy recently completed a great accountability training session with Mike Scott at the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay. Training and promoting accountability within your office helps prevent breakdowns in communication and inefficiencies in productivity. Regardless of your industry, accountability training will be a great benefit to your team.
For your management team, leadership training is extremely valuable as it can teach them new tips and techniques on managing their team. It is important for leaders to continue to improve their supervisory, team-building and leadership skills.
Now, full disclosure, I have a personal bias to this as I am an improvisor myself, but improv training is very effective when it comes to building chemistry and comradery throughout your team. The main tenants of improv are teamwork, listening, and communication. Those all sound like great things for your team to be experts on, don't they? Also, it is loads of fun and won't even feel like training, but more like recess.
These are just a few of the types of training sessions that can benefit your team. When hiring a new employee, it is a good idea to teach them the highlights of some of these training sessions (especially safety) in the onboarding process.
What training sessions have you participated in or offered for your employees? Let us know in the comments section below.