Most of the time, when employers say that they are providing training for employees, it is for purposes of improving their skills so that they can improve their productivity. The end goal is for the organization to reap the benefits of employees who have the right skills for the jobs they are tasked with doing. However, have you ever thought about training employees to help them gain life-skills which improves their personal lives and allows them to focus more on their work?
The reality is that the personal lives of your employees will have an impact on their professional lives. This means that if they are having problems with their personal lives, they could easily spill over into their professional lives and affect their productivity at work.
As an employer, it is important to consider equipping your employees with life skills which will enable them to manage their private lives effectively and focus on their work. This will have the advantage of having fewer man-hours wasted at work due to personal issues and fewer days off to enable employees to attend to personal crises.
Here are a few skills that you should consider imparting in your employees to help them at a personal level.
1. Financial Management Training
Most employers have overdraft facilities for their employees, commonly known as advanced salaries. These facilities are meant to help employees get the financial assistance they need, in case of an emergency before their next pay date. However, like any other noble thing, they are prone to abuse by employees, who take advantage of them because they are available.
Financial management skills are not as commonly available as you may think. This is the reason why you find some employees steeped in debt, which can be straining to them and can cause them not to be productive as they are constantly stressed about being broke.
Apart from remunerating your employees well, you need to equip them with financial management skills, which will go a long way towards helping them organise their finances well such that they do not find themselves in a constant financial crisis or be at the accountant’s office all the time asking for advanced salaries. This leaves them with time to focus on their work, as they are not stressed about meeting their financial obligations.
2. Time Management Skills
While this may seem like an obvious one, most people do not know how to manage their time well. For many people, the school system managed their time and all they did was follow the allocated time for each activity. Sadly, this carries on into their adulthood, where people have defined working times since they typically report to work at 8am and leave at 5pm. In many cases, they have their duties defined for them such that they remain productive and focused throughout the 8 hours they are at work. But, what happens in a situation where their time is not defined?
Regrettably, people do not know how to manage their personal time, which makes their personal lives chaotic. We all know someone who can never be punctual for a social engagement and this is mainly because the person does not know how to manage their time well.
Well, as an employer, equipping your employees with time management skills is important in helping them manage their private lives effectively, such that they do not spend time on the phone during working hours or worrying about all those things that they should have done over the weekend but which they never did. Equipping employees with time management skills will help them take care of their private lives well such that they remain focused when they are at work.
3. Personal Health Management
Many employers now offer their employees private medical insurance covers, in addition to NHIF. This is a commendable move as it ensures that your employees can get good medical attention in the event that they fall sick, without having to worry about finances. However, while this is a step in the right direction, it is not enough as it only caters to the curative aspect of medical care.
The world is now moving towards preventative healthcare, not only because it is cheaper, but because it also improves the quality of lives of people. Falling sick causes employees to miss work for several days in a year, which reduces their productivity and has an impact on the organisation in the long run. One way of mitigating this is by educating your employees on the best ways of taking care of health so that they fall sick less often and lead healthy lives.
Falling sick has an impact on the lives of your employees outside work, as it causes them not to rest well and this impacts their productivity at work. Therefore, educate your employees on how to live healthy, so that they can avoid lifestyle diseases and fall sick less often. This also spills over into the lives of those who are under the care of your employees or those whose illness can affect your employees. The result is a healthier society and fewer days taken off to recuperate or take care of a loved one who is recuperating for a health challenge.
4. First Aid Training
Accidents and emergencies happen everywhere, at any time. It is, therefore, important to be equipped with basic skills which can help us take care of ourselves before seeking professional care. First aid training is not only useful at the workplace but is also applicable at home. With first aid training, employees can quickly attend to anyone in need, which saves lives and prevents an affected person from having a bigger health problems.
Training employees on first aid will have them equipped with skills to also help themselves in the event that they are in a situation that may pose a health challenge. This saves lives and helps employees stay ready since life is unpredictable.
Most employers focus on training employees on skills that will enable them to perform their duties better. This is based on the fact that better skills lead to improved productivity. However, there are skills which employees need to manage their personal lives better, giving them more time and peace of mind to focus on their work. These skills can indirectly need to improved productivity since employees are not worried about certain aspects of their private lives when they are supposed to be working. It is impossible for a person to separate their private and professional lives and an adverse impact on one will definitely affect the other. Therefore, consider training your employees on skills that will improve their personal lives so that they can focus better on their professional lives.