February 11, 2019
A company must balance many things simultaneously to be financially successful. While many would like to boil this process down to black and red, profits and expenses, it’s far more complicated than dollar signs. Part of this complexity lies in the fact that a business is composed of people—individuals with personal hopes, dreams, talents, and flaws. When those individuals are happy and performing at the peak of their ability, chances are that the business will thrive. As with any resource, however, people require investment – both personal and monetary – in order to function at a high level. One beneficial form this investment takes is solar and wind technician training.
1. LESS EQUIPMENT DOWNTIME
The more consistently your equipment is up and running, the more consistently you are generating profit. Many things can spark this lack of downtime: quicker response and repair to damaged equipment, less time spent preparing equipment to function properly, and so on. The common thread? Employee familiarity with the equipment they are responsible for operating and maintaining. In other words, the more efficient your employees are, the more efficient your equipment is, leading to less downtime, increased productivity, and a positive impact on your budget. The training investment you pour into your employees will pay for itself and then some—probably more quickly than you think!
You cannot throw someone into a job with little to no experience and/or knowledge and expect them to succeed, let alone excel. There is a definite correlation between training and employee productivity. Part of this is due to the confidence an individual can gain from familiarizing themselves with a particular task. With this increased confidence comes a decrease in the necessity to micromanage and worry. When your employees are confident in their abilities, and you are confident in them, it frees up your time to accomplish other, more beneficial tasks related to running a business. Confidence inspires confidence, so be sure to instill some in your employees by training and informing them properly for the jobs they will be performing.
3. REDUCED RISK
The more thoroughly someone is trained in the use of certain equipment and the operation thereof, the less likely they are to make a dangerous or critical mistake that could cause damage to the equipment or harm to themselves. Other than the obvious advantage of protecting your assets and your employees, risk-reducing training has the potential to benefit you financially. By ensuring equipment is used properly, the chances it is damaged and therefore not only in need of repair but is unusable for a period of time is reduced. Farther, the better protected your employees are, the less likely they are to be injured on the job. This helps minimize the possibility of paying worker’s compensation and finding a way to remain productive without a certain employee. Plus, regardless of how business is portrayed in movies, you care about your employees. More than your budget, harm to your employees negatively impacts the morale of you and those around you.
4. EMPLOYEE RETENTION
Locating and identifying qualified candidates for jobs is not only stressful, it is a drain on every conceivable resource—from time to money. Once someone qualified is found, the interview process can be painful for both parties, as can the hiring and training that follows. There is a steep learning curve, especially when important equipment is involved. So, rather than going through such an arduous process, it is best to do what is necessary to retain your current employees. By continuing to invest in your employees by offering applicable training that increases their productivity and enjoyment on the job, you send a message that they are an integral part of your business family. Fostering relationships through training shows people they are valued, and those who feel valued are less likely to jump ship.
5. PRODUCTIVITY AND MORALE
Training and productivity go hand-in-hand, which is likely the primary motivation to incorporate and invest in employee training. What sometimes goes overlooked is that employees enjoy productivity just as much as you do. Knowing that they are contributing in a tangible way is important and can spark an intrinsic drive that increases job enjoyment and employee morale. Further, this attitude is contagious. When your peers are being productive and are in high spirits, chances are you will respond in kind, creating a cycle of positivity. Remember: the productivity of the business is reliant on the productivity of the individuals it is made of, and training is vital in optimizing that productivity.
One trend that should stand out is that each of these positive outcomes related to training relies in some form on the others. Like most aspects of business, everything is connected, meaning that when each piece is running smoothly, the others will likely follow. The inverse is also true—if one cog in the machine is not performing efficiently, the others will suffer. This is where the true value of training lies, both in regards to operation and positive financial impact—the more you invest in your employees, the more efficiently everything will run. Confidence will be instilled, knowledge will be gained, productivity will increase, morale and comradery will be high, and mistakes on the job will be reduced.
If you would like to learn more about WWS’s solar and wind technician training, visit our Training page or our Mobile University Technician Training page.