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In the third of our three-part series on the key benefits of training, we explain how staff productivity and retention can impact your bottom line, transforming boardroom views of training and justifying your budget.

3. A safe team is a happy, committed team

So, in our last two posts, we’ve explored some of the legal and financial benefits of providing sufficient MHE training. But what about your staff? The people you depend on day-in, day-out to get the job done right?

Well, by providing your operators and those working alongside them with relevant training, not only will you minimise the risk of injury (and remember, when it comes to forklift accidents these are typically serious, if not life-changing) but you will also send a message that you take their safety seriously.

The impact that a safe working environment has on staff morale should not be underestimated. It will ultimately influence staff retention rates, which means lower recruitment costs and reduced dependence on temporary workers, which, in turn, will ensure your productivity stays at a stable level.

Creating a proactive team

Not only this but dedicated, knowledgeable staff can help you build a company-wide safety culture that will pay dividends. Staff with relevant training will be more confident in recognising good and bad practice and, with the relevant encouragement from management, will be able to take responsibility for safety, growing a self-policing environment where everyone can make a pro-active contribution. As a result you’ll see fewer accidents and less costly damage. Its win: win.

By equipping them with the skills they need, you’ll show staff that their contribution, and their welfare, is valued. If you meet your responsibilities as an employer and provide the support that staff need you’ll be able to reap the benefits of a safe efficient workforce, who can contribute to growing your business for years to come.

Start the conversation

So there you have it, our three key benefits that will transform boardroom views of training spend:

1. It pays for staff to understand their responsibilities, now more than ever
2. Safe workers will save you money in the long run
3. A safe team is a happy, committed team

As you’ve seen, forklift training is about much more than fulfilling your legal obligations. Although it might sound a strong statement, having this conversation really could save lives, as well as a lot of money.

Rather than taking the risk and paying the price, now’s the time to ensure staff have the skills and knowledge to work safely, efficiently and in line with the law. As the old adage says, prevention is better than cure, and it’s much cheaper for businesses to invest in protecting against risk than paying out once it’s too late.

By taking this forward-thinking approach to the boardroom, you can show that providing the relevant training will not only safeguard your business’ workforce and your bottom line today, but also provide a catalyst for future gains. At the end of the day, it just makes good business sense!

To discover what training can do for your business, call 01246 555222 or contact us here.

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