From the outside, startups might seem like conglomerations of millennials who like to play ping pong and use razor scooters during work hours. There’s still plenty of work being done within these companies, don’t hate on my love of scooter-based transportation! While startup culture bucks many trends of traditional businesses, there is still plenty of room for a training plan template to be built into the startup life that benefits both the company and the employees.
Start with a sustainable training schedule template
One of the hallmarks startups often hang their hats on is communication between management and employees. The first step toward an effective employee training plan template is a discussion on expectations. Talking with the learners that will be the beneficiaries of this template about what they’re going to be expected to learn, how much they need to cover, and how often they’ll be meeting with their leaders are all great ways to gather the temperature of the room. Lessonly allows as much transparency as managers are looking to give when training employees. Many of our clients regularly send out feedback lessons meant to poll members of the company on subjects that the management needs more clarity on.
Build a Training Plan Template for your company, not someone else’s
I know it can be tempting to search “sample training plan template” online and try and implement that to your employees’ needs. However, these rarely stick around much longer than a month or two. Why? Because of the effort put into it. For a training plan to work effectively, it requires commitment from both sides. How can you expect employees to fully embrace training plans if you’re just giving them something lifted from Google? The Lessonly Training Plan is made to incorporate feedback from the manager’s and employee’s point of view with clearly laid out goals and timelines for developmental expectations. Bringing in both sides of the situation leads to empowered employees taking training and development into their own hands rather than the feeling of forced and unachievable goals.
Follow through and reward accomplished goals
They say that millennials rely too much on rewards for their work. That may be true, but the popsicles we have in our work freezer are just too good! Training and personal development doesn’t have to be a chore, so don’t forget to acknowledge goals when they are met. This doesn’t have to mean throw a company-wide bowling tournament when your team hits their training goals—not to say that we’re opposed to bowling tournaments—but a simple email or hand-written letter saying “thanks for getting that done” is sometimes all it takes. By following through on your training and development plan template, you help your employees to do better at their positions, which produces a better end product for your entire company. Investing in an effective, but personal, staff training plan template has benefits beyond the immediate payoff of additional training.