2021 Winter BlockTalk - The Labour Issue

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Investing in Your Workforce Today for a Successful Tomorrow By Daphne Nuys-Hall, Technical Director, Meat & Poultry Ontario


hat is the importance of training in the workplace? Having an employee training program enables you to strengthen the skills your workforce currently possesses, equipping them with the skills they need to do their jobs effectively. Training your employees gives you the opportunity to improve the quality of their work and boost productivity across your organization. Effective employee training can improve employee loyalty, satisfaction, and commitment to your organization. Investing in your workforce is an indispensable way of to keep your business competitive in today’s ever-changing marketplace. There are many reasons for training in a workplace; orientation for new hires, introducing new technology or processes, meeting regulatory requirements, or simply to advance their skills. Whatever the reason – training allows employees to acquire new skills, sharpen existing ones, perform better, increase productivity and be better leaders.

Orientation Training Orientation training is particularly important for new employees and is part of your onboarding program. This training introduces the new employees to the company, their role within the company, specific job expectations and any other food safety or health and safety job requirements. Business leaders should look at orientation as the first step in engaging new employees in their workforce culture. Job Shadowing The first days and weeks are critical to the success of retaining a new employee - they don’t know what they don’t know. Job shadowing allows a new employee to learn the job with handson experience from a more experienced staff member. This opportunity allows the individual to learn job-specific skills or upgrade their skills in a new position or department. Additionally, cross training is critical with our current labour shortage. Allowing existing staff to work alongside more experienced staff or those in different functions will help them develop their skills in the workplace. Continued on page 36

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BlockTalk - Winter 2021