Small Business Training

It may be tempting to cut employee training when the company budget is tight, but well-trained employees are vital, if you want your small business to flourish. The short term savings aren’t worth the future losses the company may suffer from the resulting decreased productivity. Lack of training can result in inefficient business procedures and employees with outdated skills. It can also lead to a high-turnover rate, as employees lose motivation and feel undervalued when the company doesn’t reinvest in their career. Training is also a worthwhile investment when you consider the process of recruiting and replacing an employee can actually cost more than the employee’s annual salary. To prevent these long-term problems, find effective ways to train employees, without breaking the bank. Not only does your company likely have untapped internal resources, but there many budget-friendly training options for learning new skills and keeping current skills up-to-date.

It’s unfortunate that these vital skills have been de-emphasized in corporate environments. Even the name “soft skills” makes them seem relatively unnecessary. Emotional intelligence at work is just as important as the intellectual know-how required to perform a specific task. Self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skill all play a vital role in effective leadership and execution at all levels of the organization.

Your employees don’t just exist in a professional capacity to serve your organization. They are whole human beings comprised of physical, intellectual and emotional experiences. For them to evolve both personally and professionally, employee development must be holistic:

Profitable small businesses recognize that it’s not so much what employees currently know that shapes a company’s future — it’s what they must eventually know that’s most important. In addition, the degree to which your company is genuinely committed to the training and development of your employees is a critical factor in attracting and keeping high-performing employees.

Wouldn’t it be great if every person you hired came with all the professional skills needed to work for your company? Gone would be the days of training new employees in basic concepts like quality, teamwork, productivity, and customer service.

Many employers hope that only the most qualified apply for every position. Hiring managers dream of the day when they will not have to weed through hordes of untrained, unqualified candidates.
When it comes to providing employees with quality professional development, however, some of those same employers do not want to invest the time, energy, and money. Whose responsibility is it to develop people into quality employees? Does it rest with larger companies to train their people because they can “afford” it? Or can smaller companies contribute by offering professional development opportunities as a way to attract and retain highly qualified people?

Luckily Atrisco Heritage has had these same thoughts and conversations throughout the years. Not only did we gather the information needed and did the research, we created some of the most knowledgeable and engaging modules for a trainer to deliver to help these small businesses complete just that. These trainings come with ice breakers, peer to peer discussions, and lesson plans/activity sheets (workshops). What are the pros of my staff attending these trainings? Your staff will come out with more productivity, when people haven’t been trained, they can often still perform tasks, but inefficiently. Happier staff, people value training and development. More Uniformity, good training helps to ensure that everyone is on the same page. Plus….

  • Increased job satisfaction and morale among employees
  • Increased employee motivation
  • Increased efficiencies in processes, resulting in financial gain
  • Increased capacity to adopt new technologies and methods
  • Increased innovation in strategies and products
  • Reduced employee turnover
  • Enhanced company image, e.g., conducting ethics training (not a good reason for ethics training!)
  • Risk management, e.g., training about sexual harassment, diversity training.

Atrisco Heritage Foundation would love to be able to assist with your small business in the professional development of staff, and can ensure your team will not only enjoy the sessions, but will be able to use them effectively in the work place. We have many training modules in multiple categories to meet everyone’s needs. Please ask for a full list of available training modules now.

How to decide what training your staff &/or small business need? We suggest:

  1. Look at the current skills levels of your staff.
  2. Identify the skills/knowledge gaps within the business.
  3. Decide which new skills could take your business forward.
  4. Plan for appropriate training to bridge those gaps.

If you have any questions please let us know how we can further assist you, and we look forward to working with you and building your business!!

Atrisco Heritage Foundation in partnership with Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce and Bernalillo County are offering free trainings’. Scheduled trainings will take place at the AHCC campus in the Lockheed Martin Boardroom from 11AM-1PM. 1309 Fourth Street SW, ABQ, NM 87102. To see if you’re eligible please contact Serena Sierra-Fazio.

Trainings may be available at Bernalillo Community Centers based on need. For information on dates and how to enroll contact: Serena Sierra-Fazio