Why HR Training is Important for Small Businesses

HR training and development programs are a key HR service. Here's why HR training is important for small businesses.

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HR training and development programs are a really important part of the services that HR provides for businesses. Small businesses benefit enormously from employee training programs because of their ability to improve company culture, boost employee performance, and increase productivity while reducing turnover.

At Makai HR, we believe that HR training is important for businesses of all sizes; we have seen first-hand how our small business clients benefit from effective employee training programs. We are developing our training course library to include:

  • Form I-9 Compliance
  • Wage & Hour Training – Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Workplace Violence Prevention
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention
  • Workplace Harassment & Discrimination
  • End User Cyber Security Fundamentals Series – Best Practices
  • End User Cyber Security Fundamentals Series – Email and Phishing Protections
  • End User Cyber Security Fundamentals Series – Mobile Devices
  • HIPAA Privacy Rule Training
  • Performance Management

These training programs are meant to help businesses reduce unnecessary workplace harassment and violence claims, stay in compliance with federal and state employee laws, improve cyber security, and follow HIPAA privacy rules.

Why HR training is important for small businesses

Types of HR training that are important for small businesses

Different industries may have slightly different needs when it comes to relevant training courses. In some industries, employees are required to complete specific training courses. Small businesses benefit when they go above and beyond these industry-specific training courses and include general education courses in their employee training program.

Here are some examples of HR-managed training classes that can greatly benefit employers and their employees:

Quality training is used to teach employees how to test products to prevent defective products. A quality management training program helps businesses gain an advantage over their competitors, builds employee competency, boosts operational efficiency, and increases profitability.

Skills training is an employer-provided program that teaches or develops workplace skills directly relevant to the business. The purpose of skills training programs is to provide employees with the knowledge and skills they need to carry out their duties at a high level of competency.

Managerial training is a program that teaches participants how to learn and develop the skills required to be an effective manager. Great managers can make or break a workplace.

Safety training is taught through official training materials that are designed to teach occupational safety and health standards developed by the United States government labor organization, Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Safety training is the best way to reduce workplace accidents and workers’ compensation claims.

Onboarding training is the process used to help new employees acquire the skills, knowledge and behaviors they will need to become effective contributors to the business they work for. Effective onboarding programs greatly increase productivity and quality of work and contribute to employee retention.

Technical skills training provides employees with the skills and knowledge they need to perform their daily tasks at a high level of competence. This type of training can greatly improve productivity and employee morale.

Compliance training is the process of making sure employees understand all the relevant laws, regulations, and internal policies that govern the function of a business. It also ensures employees know how and why they must follow these policies in their workplace.

Sexual harassment training is about educating employees on what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior in the workplace in relation to how they interact with their coworkers. This training should also give employees the tools and knowledge they need to recognize and correct or report behavior that may be inappropriate.

Discrimination training is used to help employees understand discrimination against racial, gender, ethnic, and other groups in an effort to ensure these behaviors are avoided. A workplace that does not discriminate has higher productivity, greater employee cohesion, and lower employee turnover.

Business conduct training is used to increase awareness of a wide range of ethical and legal issues in the workplace, such as conflicts of interest, data privacy, information security, diversity and inclusion, corruption, insider trading, and social media use. This type of training sets expectations for moral employee behaviors and expectations.

Your HR manager or PEO partner can advise you about the courses that are most relevant to your business. Keep in mind that current standards and best practices can change from year-to-year so it may be necessary to take updated versions of certain courses.

Partnering with Makai HR

Need HR support for employee training programs? We’ve got you covered through HR outsourcing! When you partner with Makai HR you can get on with the business you are trying to grow while we take care of your employee needs from payroll to taxes, health insurance/benefits and worker’s compensation. You also gain peace of mind that you are compliant with all of Hawaii’s employer laws (if you’ve ever looked you know that the list is very long and changes happen). When choosing a PEO to partner with, there are many things to consider including cost, services, and technology solutions. 

With the cost of doing business in Hawaii at record highs, we know how important it is to keep labor costs in line with revenue. Our plans are priced competitively and include value-added services like time-in/time-out systems. Our three tiers of PEO service plans are tailored to the size of your business and specific needs. We offer a 100% paperless solution which means that your employees can manage their needs through a computer, tablet, or phone. We can truly improve your employees’ work benefits while freeing you up to operate your business.

What are you waiting for? Companies that partner with a PEO benefit from 7-9% faster growth, 10-14% lower employee turnover; and they are 50% less likely to go out of business. Contact us today to get started!

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