I have long said that training is an investment in your team, not an expense. My mentality around this isn't as uncommon in our industry today as it was even a few years ago, and I know many teams around the country have put a lot of intentionality behind how, when, and on what they train their teams.
While I don't like to view training as an expense, the indirect time for training is still a cost our company must pay. I see it as an investment because spending the money now will pay dividends later, but that doesn't mean we don't watch the amount we're spending. For companies looking to tighten up their training expenses, I have a few tips for you this week:
This is our monthly GROW meeting where our leadership team gives a 30-minute "State of the Union" style update on our goals, team wins, and any upcoming items the team needs to be aware of. Everyone at the company attends and is paid to do so.
1. Set a timer. When we do training at Grunder Landscaping Co., we schedule it for a certain amount of time, and then we do not let the session go past that. This means being smart about planning out the training so that we can fit within the time allotted, it also means keeping our team focused so we don't waste time. Once the time for training is up, our teams know to get right to work.
2. Have someone else load the trucks. On Tuesday mornings, we do skills training with all of our team leaders, and the rest of our crews report in at 8 a.m. instead of 7 a.m. While our team leaders are in their training, group leaders and anyone else who can help are working to load their trucks and line them up for them.
When training is over, the trucks are lined up at the gate, loaded with their materials for the day, and ready to go. It helps the crews get out of the lot quickly after the training ends.
Training is an investment, and it needs to be a smart one. These two tips have helped us to make the investment into training more efficient at Grunder Landscaping Co., and I hope they'll help you finish this season strong.
Investing in your team's training sometimes means getting away from the day-to-day hustle and bustle. If you're stuck and need inspiration to get you to the next step in your company's journey, join us on one of our Field Trips at Grunder Landscaping Co. I hope you'll come to see me in Dayton; I know we can help.
I'll talk to you next week!
President & CEO
The Grow Group & Grunder Landscaping Co.