Organizations, regardless of industry, are interested in hiring the best and brightest employees. This shouldn't come as a surprise, but recruiting the best is just part of the talent equation. The top employees aren't necessarily the most sought after or even the most skilled. Instead, hiring managers are just as likely to focus on the way candidates fit into the culture of an organization, how motivated they are by the work they'll be doing and how the company can help them meet their long-term professional and personal goals.
So when human resource departments are matching applicants with jobs, personality and attitude can be just as important as background, related work experience and education. You hear a lot these days about companies hiring for culture fit. The rationale is that it's easier to train people with the right attitude in the nuts and bolts of their duties than to coach them to fit into a group, regardless of how good they are at their job.
As a result, companies are willing to hire for culture and train for the job. Management training is particularly important. Steve Tobak from the CBS Interactive Business Network says most employee issues that arise within an organization are actually management issues. In these instances, he contends, it's management's job to deal with them -- because management probably created the issue in the first place [source: Tobak].
One of the ways companies make sure they aren't sacrificing performance for highly motivated, culturally aligned employees is to provide training opportunities for them. These activities can range from specific, job-related workshops or classes designed to strengthen a core competency to team-building activities aimed at boosting morale.
Offering these opportunities can mean the difference between a workforce that stays interested because it is being challenged and one that grows frustrated and bored for not being provided avenues to expand day-to-day activities beyond specific job functions. In this article, we'll discuss four areas of management training: project management, communications, time management and stress management. Besides the obvious benefits, we'll look at some of the ways these sessions can improve an organization and the role they can play in recruitment, employee retention and job satisfaction.
The first one we'll explore is project-management training.