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Aug 1, 2007 12:00 AM
How is your technical training program? How much time and money does your company spend on training employees? How would you like to spend virtually nothing and still have your employees learn?
Informal in-house training programs for adults do work. The easy way is to hold lunchtime training programs every two weeks for two hours. Several plants that I visit will invite a supplier, manufacturer or dealer to give an hour-long program to all employees on specific technical areas. PowerPoint presentations and literature are welcome. You might not — and more than likely do not — have a trainer on staff, nor do you necessarily have people who are speakers; manufacturers, suppliers and dealers do.
Here's a program outline for a small to midsized sheetfed pressroom:
With the above you now have a one-year program (remember: every two weeks). The same can be done for other areas of the plant as well. One print told me they never had a supplier turn them down.
Why do all this? Cost is nil. It builds knowledge in your employees. It builds a strong sense of belonging. It reduces turnover.
Raymond J. Prince is a leading expert in pressroom technical and operational issues. He recently joined NAPL (Paramus, NJ) as vice president and senior consultant, operations management. Contact him at (605) 941-1492 or e-mail RaymondJ.Prince@aol.com.