It is not a secret that companies across the county are looking to build their workforce to include motivated and engaged individuals. This leads to two questions: 1) what does this mean for your organization and 2) what does this mean for you? How does “engagement” and “empowerment” correlate to the actions occurring at your company? Does it mean having your employee’s interested in what the company is doing? Giving them the power to come up with changes and implement them?
In working as chemist for the past 20 years, I have been both the trainer and the trainee. These experiences range across various laboratory settings, from three laboratory employees to hundreds. Each laboratory defines training differently; a well-established process by which someone is taught the skills that are necessary for a profession or a job. It also has well-defined learning objectives and formality.
In modern day training, there is a strong focus on the trainer being a subject matter expert. The trainer has extensive experience or knowledge in the subject that is being delivered. It is expected that the participants in the training learn from the trainer. It is a formal process in which guidelines must be followed objectives accomplished, and skills verified.
FOCUS. A simple word and concept, right? Although an easy idea, I find staying in a state of focus to be quite difficult. With demands of the modern workplace like multi-tasking, wearing many hats and shifting priorities, focus is vital to making progress and ultimately meeting objectives. One of Cherney’s strategic objectives for 2017 is to provide more technical training opportunities to our team, which supports the bigger goal of increasing employee engagement. Yesterday, in between preparing for our 2017 public training courses, we mapped out topics and a schedule to make that happen. Of course this is just a start, but the plan sets the stage for all the steps to follow.