• Top 5 Reasons Why Employee Training Is Essential

    Employee Training Importance

    Employee training is one of the first ways many companies cut costs during tough times. While it does cost money to train your employees, that training is an investment in the future of your business. Training and developing employees is critical to the future success of your company. Employees need to be productive, efficient, and adaptable and improve skills in several areas including communication, critical thinking, and problem solving.

    1. Succession Planning – Ongoing employee training helps develop employees and increase their experience which can make them viable candidates for senior roles when they become available. Training that is useful for this purpose includes leadership, people management, decision making, and more.
    2. Increasing Value – Employee training can teach new skills or improve existing skills. This helps to provide more expertise and increase their value to be able to perform more than one job. Diverse skill sets can help your employees transfer to open positions in your organization.
    3. Reduced Attrition – Investing in your employees can reduce attrition rates by providing career pathways. They won’t have to seek next-level opportunities somewhere else and you can also save on recruitment costs.
    4. Enhanced Efficiency – Training can increase productivity and efficiency. It can also provide greater consistency and make it easier to meet organizational goals and project outcomes.
    5. Exceeding Standards – Training employees on industry-standard practices can give you a leg up on the competition. Small things often set your business apart from your competitors, so having employees that are knowledgeable and happy can improve interactions with customers.

    If you’re looking for a great place for employee training, Texas Training & Conference Centers has everything you need including conference rooms, fully equipped labs, and virtual training solutions. For more information, give us a call today at 281-589-1400.

  • Break The Ice at Any Work Event with These Activities

    Work Events

    Even though it might not seem like it, only about a quarter of workers feel connected to their peers. That leaves the other three out of four feeling isolated at work. Strong companies typically have strong teams that work well together and get along, so making sure your employees feel a sense of camaraderie is very important.

    Building bonds takes time, so providing opportunities for your employees to get to know each other is time well spent. Try out the following activities or icebreakers at your next work event to help your employees become more comfortable with each other.

    Two Truths and A Lie

    This is a great game for a new hire orientation. It’s simple to play and you don’t need any supplies. Have each employee come up with two true statements and one lie about themselves. They then announce all three statements and everyone else tries to guess which one is the lie.

    10 Things in Common

    This is a good activity for employees across different departments who don’t interact very often. Break up into small groups and have each group try to find 10 things they all have in common. This one requires some creative thinking and getting to know each other.

    Whodunnit?

    Split your employees up into groups and then have each person write down something interesting that they have done on a note card. Collect the cards in a hat and have each person draw one and read it aloud. They will have to guess whodunnit and then get help from their fellow employees.

    Scavenger Hunt

    This activity takes more time but it can be rewarding. You can hold a scavenger hunt in the office, outside, or even around town. Have teams gather a list of items or check off a list of experiences using photos for proof.

    To learn more about what Texas Training & Conference Centers has to offer, give us a call at 281-589-1400.