Many companies shrink at the idea of spending time and money on employee training when there's work to be done, but in the long run it benefits you. You get employees that are not only more productive, but more engaged with your business and their own careers. While you won't have time to train your people to the level you'd like, here are four ways that will help to sustain your company's profitability.

1. Teach a Code of Conduct

Fair practices and professional behavior on the part of your entire staff is important to your reputation as a company. Negative feedback could come from your employees and business partners as well as your customers. Establish firm policies governing employee behavior. This can include compliance with government regulations, no-tolerance policies for workplace violence or criminal behavior, and education on problems like discrimination and harassment. In 2016, there were 12,860 cases of sexual harassment. Stopping these issues improves employee satisfaction and reduces your risk of fines and lawsuits.

2. Provide On-Going Training

It is also a good idea to provide employees with the necessary training to improve their job skills. This might be people skills for customer-facing employees, training in the latest software applications or equipment, or even reimbursement for continuing education that fits their job role. When they have superior skills, your employees will be more productive, make fewer mistakes, become more engaged with their jobs, and get a sense of fulfillment and confidence from being able to accomplish more.

3. Encourage Teamwork

You can get the most from your staff by teaching them to work together for common goals. Opportunities for special projects, committees, conferences, and even social occasions will help them to make personal connections and share knowledge and skills. It should be one of your objectives to create a company culture where everyone is welcome to make suggestions, feedback is respected, and exceptional efforts and contributions are recognized and rewarded.

4. Establish Cyber Awareness

In modern digital business networks, the threat of breaches and disruptive malware are a constant hazard. It's important that your training also cover good computing practices like strong passwords and limited privileges. You should also address specific risks. For example, anti-phishing training at work will help prevent staff from opening fraudulent emails that are designed to expose passwords and account numbers.

Training should be an integral part of your HR practices. Employees with more or better skills helps you to build a better company.

Author's Bio: 

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake.