One of the most important lessons anyone in business can learn is this: Spending is often not just spending. If you do it right, it’s an investment.
This applies to many specific areas of where you spend your company’s limited and valuable resources. Indeed, there are some areas where the expenditure is really worth it. One such example is investing in your employees via training. This is true across almost every industry, but particularly true when it comes to giving your employees the skills they need in the food industry. Proper education can help with many areas, including improving workforce efficiency, flexibility, and safety. It can also ultimately help you save money by improving employee morale and reducing food waste.
As such, here are five reasons why training in food manufacturing is so important.
It can incentivize employee growth and talent: If you run a food manufacturing company, you are probably constantly struggling to retail employees and push them up a career ladder towards future success. Proper education can help with this. With the proper education, you can discover what an employee is good at. Indeed, proper guidance for your employees can help make them aware that they possess skills that they never knew they had. If an employee feels competent in their job, they are more likely to work harder, stay at a company longer, seek promotions, and try to identify other ways to improve. In the course of doing so, they will, of course, continue to benefit your company and help it grow.
It can show your employees that they are valued members of your team: One of the biggest benefits of engaging in the education of your employees is that you can essentially prove to them that you do not view them as simply cogs in a machine. Indeed, this can help prove to your employees that you value them and their contributions enough to spend money on improving their skills. Numerous studies and analyses have shown that this is the case, and as we all know, happier employees are more likely to stay with your company and perform better.
It can reduce food waste: A fascinating study, conducted in 2018, showed that a huge part of the reason behind food waste is a lack of awareness of proper procedures. Interestingly, this was present for both employees and managers, showing how a lack of employee education can occur at all levels. This was a serious cause of food waste, with 1 tonne lost for every 35 tonnes produced. Furthermore, food waste is extremely expensive and can be a major financial loss to food manufacturers. As such, this study demonstrated a very serious financial reason for how appropriate employee education can assist food manufacturers to save money, reduce waste, and ultimately help the environment.
It can reduce employee turnover: As noted above, caring for your employees by preparing them to be better can have multiple benefits. It can improve their morale, make them more competent at their job, and demonstrate their value to you and your entire company. This all comes back to a major core benefit: Proper education of your employees can reduce turnover. This, of course, can only benefit a company’s bottom line, as it is significantly cheaper to train an already existing employee than hire a new one and starting from scratch. It’s also worth noting that this is an issue that impacts the food industry in particular because this is an industry that has historically struggled with employee turnover.
It can increase employee efficiency: One of the most obvious reasons to spend time working to train your employees is also the one that can make your business the most money. Simply put, a healthy program of employee education can help your employees become more efficient, working harder, and accomplishing more in the same amount of time. This, of course, will lead to more money for you and your company. If you structure your employee incentives right, it can also lead to more money for them. This, combined with an instruction program for your employees, can create winners for the entire company.