Cross-training—having employees perform a variety of activities in different roles in different departments across the company—is often advocated within companies as a best practice for a number of reasons.
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Cross training involves having two or more employees learning how to do each other’s jobs. Such training helps minimize loss of time and energy at a company when someone is out sick, quits/gets fired, or transfers to another position in the company.
Most organizations don’t have a succession plan or a cross-training program in effect right now. And they are missing out on all the many benefits that can come with cross-training employees to succeed within their organization; listed below are a few of them.
There are many benefits to launching a cross-training program for your organization. With a well-developed cross-training program, your organization will be able to:
Managing global teams isn’t always easy, even with all the new advances in technology. And cross-training global teams can be even more challenging than managing them. However, if you’re interested in cross-training your teams based around the globe, here are four tips that you should follow.
With the unemployment rate hovering at just over 4%, employers across the country are finding it difficult to fill positions with qualified workers. The situation becomes even more complex when you consider that simply having the right experience and education isn’t usually enough today. Today’s employers also want employees who fit with the company culture. […]
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently published the results of a year-long research initiative: the SHRM Harassment-Free Workplace series. The first part of the series focused on the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace. In a previous post, we looked at some surprising data showing that 22 percent of non-management employee respondents […]
Here’s another cross-training method and some useful metrics for evaluating cross-=training results. [Part 1 of this article appeared in the previous issue.] Cross-Training Across Functions Develop programs that allow employees to see what leadership within their own department is like. Or develop a program that allows employees to discover whether they’d rather be a general […]
If you’re interested in cross-training your employees in 2018, keep reading to uncover what you need to know—including various methods to consider and metrics you’ll want to pay attention to as you develop your programs. What is Cross-Training? According to Inc.’s encyclopedia entry, cross-training, “involves teaching an employee who was hired to perform one job […]
According to recent research highlighted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), now is the time for professionals in the Human Resources (HR) department to step up and fully embrace cross-training programs. By many counts, 60% of the workforce in North America is underengaged, and employee retention is a huge problem. Fortunately, members of […]
Cross-training is a technique employed by some organizations in which an employee spends some time doing—or at least trains to do—work in a different business function. For example, a marketing employee might spend some time working in the operations group. A finance employee might spend time with the sales unit. The same process can be […]