Those companies who are performing very well don’t just recognise the importance of their employees. They also understand the importance of providing the right skills in order to enable their employees as well. A significant number of CEOs believe that it is employees rather than products, brands and customer relationships that are the leading force for their organisation when it comes to sustaining economic value. In those companies that are considered to be amongst the best performing in the field, levels of training are incredibly high, as is the take-up of that training by employees. In those companies that are struggling, there is very little training making it clear that when it comes to training, it can indeed add real value to any project team and organisation.
It is more important than ever that organisations maximise their human resources by ensuring that the right training is in place at the right time and for the right people. This is not just isolated to particular sectors within an organisation but should be something that is in place across the board; training benefits employees, and better-trained employees benefit an organisation. When organisations invest in their employees, they feel valued and that their contribution matters to a company, and this makes them feel happier in the workplace. Happy employees might look for promotions to further their careers, but their first choice will be to try and do this internally first.
Why should you train your project team?
We have already touched on just a couple of reasons that you should consider having a robust training program in place for your employees, and these are the same for the members of your project team. Project management qualifications may not be a requirement for all of the members of your project team. However, there are a number of benefits to be had from learning many of the project management skills that help a project manager excel in their role.
These skills include communication. Great communication is one of the most important skills that a great project manager has in their skill set, and it is a valuable tool for every member of a project team to have as well. When there are gaps in the way in which a project team communicate with each other, important changes, problems and additional costs can be missed. These are the things that can be detrimental to your project’s end goals. They can affect your timescales, your budget or both.
Of course, project management skills are not the only thing you should consider as training for your team. If you invest in new project management software that will help you to streamline your project, this software will really only be as good as the people using it. Therefore, it is also important to invest in training for the entire team so that they can use the software as it is intended and make all of your processes as easy as possible. This will allow you to keep on top of what is happening and, more importantly, spot when there are issues that might cause you to have delays in your project that could impact your deadlines.
One huge benefit that you will find when you train all of your team is that you will develop a team-wide approach to your workload that is much more consistent. It’s understandable, really. If all of your staff have received the same training, and often on the same day via the same trainer, then they will have all heard the same things. This will be the same whatever type of training it was; learning how to use new software, communication skills or even the basics of project management to help them fully understand the lifecycle of how a project works.
This consistency will ensure that everyone is on the same page and that, as a team, they are working cohesively together in order to achieve the same end goal. When working on any type of project, this structured approach really is the only way in which it is possible to achieve success. Consistency within your project team will afford you the chance to implement a systematic approach that can be used when it comes to handling any necessary changes in the objectives and scope of your project, changes that, unfortunately, you cannot truly plan for, and which can occur far too frequently.
Consistency through training also ensures that you have a common language that can be used to describe any issues that arise within your company. It also offers you a perfect platform that you can use in order to improve all levels of communication. Lack of, or incorrect communication, is a significant contributor to the failure of projects.
If the people on a project team do not have a really clear understanding of their responsibilities and roles, then this failure in communication can occur. This can cause inefficiencies and make things much more complicated than they need to be.
When you encourage all of your staff to attend training, you are ensuring that they are all learning the same things, and this can help to improve things like the way in which they communicate with each other and even enforce just how vital correct methods of communication can be to the success of your project.
Most employees will be looking at ways in which they can move their careers forward. It is rare for someone to be completely happy in the same position with no possibility of career progression. Training will help to give your team members skills and knowledge that will help them to achieve this. Some employers are concerned that this may, in fact, give their employees the tools they need to look for a job elsewhere and whilst this may be true in some cases, if the employee is happy where they are, they are more likely to stay and just look for opportunities within the same organisation which will allow them to progress their career with relatively little change to their day-to-day routine.