The Importance of Creating an Employee Training Manual

A growing business with an increasing number of staff such requires an employee training manual in order to simplify and improve the training of its employees. This is because the more personnel a company has the greater its need for a formalized system of administration, and one such tool of administration are training manuals.

Aside from helping your personnel understand what they are expected to learn, training manuals also strengthen whatever training program your company already has in place, thus helping them to overcome various training challenges along the way. So if your organization is presently developing its own employee training manual then here’s some information that will help you along the way.

What is the Purpose Behind an Employee Training Manual?

Like employee handbooks, training manuals are an efficient tool for communicating basic information to your personnel, particularly in regards to your company’s training policies. Your training manual’s content can also include general notices about the company’s training programs, the strategic goals of its training programs and even the list of trainers and personnel who will be in charge of the training process during a certain period.

Additional information may also be included in the employee training manual. A few good examples include:

– The Estimated Amount of Time to Complete Each Course

– The Required Training Conduct

– Time Management as well as Timekeeping for the Entire Training Period

– Additional Important Issues

– The Training Tools Which Will Be Used Throughout The Entire Training Process

Of course, these are just general guidelines on what should be included in the contents of the manual. If you’re going to create a training manual for your company, you should create its contents according to a specific set of training objectives.

Things to Consider When Creating an Employee Training Manual

In addition to explaining the contents of your employee training program, your training manual should also include referrals to additional resources, such as employee training articles and employee training videos. Not only does this help to provide trainees with additional information, it also eliminates the need for additional training materials for your training program.

It’s also worth mentioning that an employee training manual can be used as a general framework for employees to get a general idea of what their training is meant to achieve. It can, for example, explain their role in daily operations or even what sort of qualifications and expertise are required from different types of personnel.

In short, a well drafted training manual offers tremendous benefits to a company that is trying to expand the qualifications of its staff and personnel by giving them a long term view of what they are supposed to achieve. So aside from the main contents of the manual, a statement or two about this particular matter may also be beneficial to each trainee’s interests.

Finally, an employee training manual should be treated as an integral part of your training program. The manual itself should be considered as a rough summary of what your trainees and personnel can expect, as well as a guide on how to improve employee performance.

Jason Silberman
Jason is the former Lead Author & Editor of TrainingStation Blog
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