Have you been having trouble finding candidates to fill your positions? Or, maybe you’ve hired new staff, only to find they’re not a good fit? If this sounds like something you’ve experienced, consider on-the-job training. On-the-job training is exactly what it sounds like—teaching your staff the skills necessary to be successful at their jobs, while they’re on-the-job.
Why it’s needed:
The news from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is good—unemployment is down and more jobs are available, but there’s another side to this as well. While some businesses may be expanding, or creating new jobs, another possibility for the increase in available positions is that they aren’t being filled. It’s a struggle finding the perfect candidate. During the recession, companies could set high expectations for experience and qualifications, having their choice of applicants. Today, there are fewer candidates to choose from, and more and more job seekers don’t necessarily have the precise skills you’re looking for.
On-the-job training can be particularly helpful to businesses in areas such as manufacturing or other vocational industries that need candidates to have a skillset, but don’t necessarily require a degree from higher education. Many skilled positions are going unfilled because there aren’t any candidates with the right qualifications. Blue-collar workers, especially, don’t necessarily have the time or the money to pay for training, school, or certifications. These individuals, however, could become valuable employees with the right training.
Why it works:
On-the-job training is good for business. Companies that use on-the-job training ensure that their employees are receiving the exact knowledge that works for your business, instead of having to retrain staff that may have learned things differently, or even incorrectly. You’ll be able to choose from a wider array of applicants when hiring, and can focus on hiring those with exceptional soft skills, such as attitude and work ethic, that are more difficult to train. Not only that, but you’ll attract better candidates—people who are looking for opportunities to learn on the job so they can grow in their profession. While initially, on-the-job training could seem more expensive, it’s cheaper in the long run. Initially, candidates won’t demand as high of wages as other candidates who are looking to pay back student loans and training/certification costs. You still won’t lose money even as you increase employee wages as their skill sets grow, because you’ll have lower employee turnover and a more skilled workforce.
Not only does on-the-job training benefit employers, but it’s also good for individuals. It gives people an opportunity to have a valuable job and learn skills to help them be successful. This increases self-esteem and makes employees take pride in their work. Studies show that happier employees are more productive. Employees will be grateful for the time and resources you’ve invested in them, and will feel more committed to your business.
At Penmac, we know it can be difficult to recruit quality candidates, which is why we offer a variety of staffing solutions, including temp-to-hire. This is a great way employers can get to know an employee before deciding if he or she is a good fit for your business. Offering on-the-job training is a bonus to recruiting and retaining great candidates for your company!