Training laws & HR compliance analysis

Training: What you need to know

Employee training was once considered an optional benefit, an “extra” that only the most forward-looking employers provided to the most promising employees. Whenever the economy turns downward, for example, employee training was often the first to go, viewed not as an investment but as an expense to be disposed of in tough times. But today more and more employers understand that, far from being a frill, good employee training is necessary to a company's success and that an intelligent, well-trained workforce is central to worker productivity and well-being.
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The types of training available are as varied as the kinds of goods and services employers provide. Employers may offer training in sales, customer relations, various work skills, management skills, computer skills, new technology, production methods, safety and health, hazardous chemical exposure prevention and treatment, communication skills, workplace law, sexual harassment, ethics, and diversity. Large companies often have on-site training departments; medium and small companies may hire consultants, or send their employees to training courses or community colleges. Both large and small employers often use online training or software programs.
Although some managers say they still prefer traditional face-to-face training methods, computer-based and online training is increasingly popular with both employers and employees because of its flexibility. Most online training is interactive, covers a variety of skills and disciplines, and can take place at a trainee's own pace and convenience.
Because orientation is generally the employee's first introduction to the organization, it is important to do it well. Properly ...

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