Lack of training threatens staff safety and morale

Many small businesses failing to train staff

More than a third of employees in small businesses feel ‘unsafe’ when at work, new research reveals.

Some 38% of employees in small firms feel that they have not received adequate training to help them work safely, according to the survey by e-learning network, Learndirect Business.

The report also shows that 42% of workers in small firms have had no formal training at all in the last 12 months, although 83% of those that had received training felt that it had helped them work more effectively.

These findings come soon after a report from the Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA), which concluded that small firms are not investing in their employees’ training. Out of 1,300 employers surveyed, over a third admitted they do not provide any training for their staff, a figure that rises to 40% among the smallest businesses.

One in six employees surveyed believed that they haven ‘t received training due to their boss having no interest in improving them.

Michelle Lofthouse, director of business development at the training organisation Ufi, commented, “Of the people who have received training over the past year, 73% felt their bosses were committed to improving them, which is vital to staff morale.”

“Companies that don’t train their staff run risks at work, not only in employee safety but also in increased operating costs, reduced productivity, poor customer service and reduced efficiency, all of which have a negative impact on their bottom line.” © Crimson Business Ltd. 2006

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