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Helping Employees Grow- The Role Of HR In Training Employees For The Future


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A well-tended garden is a work of art, alive and constantly growing. Imagine a business as a garden, where the employees are fertile soil.  Like gardeners, human resource professionals must plant the seeds of growth. They must also water, nurture and help these seeds grow. The parallels of gardening with HR are ‘unbelief-able.’

Time Travel with a Twist: Training as Our Corporate DeLorean

The age-old puzzle – how to prepare for an unpredictable future? If only we had a DeLorean from ‘Back to the Future’! But in the corporate world, HR’s time machine is ‘training.’ Training is the soil enrichment that helps our employees, the seeds, and sprout into strong trees, providing shade and fruit for tomorrow. It’s a forward-thinking game where we’re not just sowing seeds; we’re sowing success.

The Green Thumbs of HR: Cultivating the Future

As HR professionals, we are the head gardeners of our corporate landscape. Our role in training employees is as intricate as it is critical.

  1. The Groundwork: Identifying Employee Training Needs

Every good gardener knows you can’t grow roses in the sand. Similarly, HR professionals must conduct a ‘soil analysis’ – understanding and identifying the skill gaps within the team. This step could involve insightful one-on-one conversations, comprehensive surveys, or team feedback. We’re not just poking around aimlessly; we’re ‘digging’ deeper, ‘rooting’ out areas that need attention.

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So, lend an ear to your employees. Ask where they feel they need more attention. It’s not just making the soil fertile but knowing what your plants need. So, make sure you’ve got your homework right.

Once you have identified your employee’s needs, you know you have leveled the soil to plant that “seed” of growth that will change their prospects. We’ll move to the next step, “planting the seed.”

  1. Seeding Success: Implementing Tailored Training Programs

Different plants have different needs – and so do our employees. HR’s ‘field’ of expertise lies in understanding these diverse needs and implementing tailored training programs. Whether it’s workshops on soft skills, technical training, leadership development programs, or sessions on diversity and inclusion, we need to ensure our seeds are getting the right nutrients to grow.

  1. Constant Care: Fostering Continuous Learning

One-time watering won’t lead to a blooming garden. Similarly, a single training session will rarely foster sustained growth. HR should aim to nurture a culture of continuous learning. Regular check-ins, feedback sessions, and periodic updates to training programs can help our workforce’s roots of knowledge grow deep, creating a ‘budding’ environment for employees to blossom in their roles.

  1. The Perfect Balance: Ensuring Support and Autonomy

Just as a plant needs the right balance of sunlight and shade, employees need an equilibrium of support and autonomy. HR’s role is to provide the ‘sunlight’ – guidance, feedback, and encouragement – while also being the ‘shade’ that offers them space and trust to grow in their unique directions.

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Now, let’s look at the “four seasons” to create the perfect training program so that you and your employees can reap the most benefit.

The “Four Seasons”- Reaping The Best Yield

We can divide the training program into four seasons. Here’s the division as follows.

  1. Spring: Seed Sowing – Onboarding and Orientation

Spring is the season of new beginnings, mirroring the onboarding and orientation process. HR must ensure the freshly sown seeds (new hires) receive adequate nourishment. Thus, by creating an inclusive, engaging, and informative onboarding program, we help the seeds germinate and root themselves firmly in the organization’s soil.

  1. Summer: Skill Nurturing – Professional Development

As we enter the summer of an employee’s journey, it’s time to focus on nurturing their growth.

Summer is the season where professional development programs come into play. We must identify and foster their potential, offering relevant training and skills enhancement opportunities. Whether it’s technical skills, managerial abilities, or leadership qualities, this phase is all about enabling employees to ‘branch out’ and reach for the sun.

  1. Autumn: Adapting – Change Management

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Autumn, the season of change, reminds us of the importance of adapting to evolving business climates. As the corporate world transforms, HR must ensure that employees are included. Regular training sessions to familiarize them with new technologies, processes, or policies can ensure they continue to ‘leave’ a mark, even in times of change.

  1. Winter: Preservation – Retention Strategies

Winter can be harsh, but with the right care, our garden can thrive. Similarly, HR must focus on retention strategies to keep employees engaged during challenging times. This stage could involve advanced training programs, opportunities for career growth, or wellness initiatives to ensure our employees stay ‘planted’ and continue to ‘bloom’ despite any frosty challenges.

The Harvest: Reaping the Benefits of Training

The return on this gardening effort is manifold. A more skilled and confident workforce, a positive and encouraging company culture, improved employee retention, and a thriving business. The fruits of our labor become evident over time – in the form of better collaboration, innovative solutions, and higher productivity. It’s the classic tale of ‘sowing and reaping’ at its best!

Conclusion: HR’s Green Thumb and the Future

Navigating the corporate landscape can feel like bushwhacking through a dense forest. But with HR at the helm, acting as the gardeners of this landscape, we ensure that the soil remains rich, the plants are well-nourished, and the garden is prepared for any weather the future might bring.

Remember, our role in this ‘growth’ story is not only as the hero but also as the master horticulturist. With the right training and nurturing, we’re not just ‘growing’ employees but cultivating the future. It’s time to roll our sleeves, grab our gardening gloves, and nurture our workforce toward a lush, successful tomorrow. After all, it’s ‘thyme’ to let our HR efforts ‘bloom’!

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Erum Ali
Erum Alihttps://mbeforyou.com/
She is a graduate of human resource management. She has several years of working experience in the human resource management sector. Currently, she is doing resource development and management for one of the leading fintech companies. Her role is to complement the recruitment process with strategic human resources consulting to promote long-lasting professional relationships.

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