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February 15, 2017 by
aliereadvisors
When you hear the term “cross training”, you may think of sports and fitness, but there are other meanings to the vocabulary, too.

While training at work is a time consuming and sometimes costly part of onboarding employees, typically training stops once an employee is up to speed on their personal job duties and day to day functions. However, there are many benefits to cross training employees so that they are adequately prepared to carry out the responsibilities of others.

This proves to be useful in many different scenarios and is something to consider for your business. Take a look at the benefits below.

The Benefits of Cross Training Employees

It mitigates risk

Have you ever heard the term “key man risk”? It refers to the risk your company takes on when only one individual knows how to do the functions of one critical role.

The “risk” comes in the fact that if that person were to leave the company, not only would no one else be able to immediately backfill the role, but all of that knowledge would be lost with the departed employee.

Having employees cross trained prevents this phenomenon and allows for people to easily fill in in the event of an unplanned out of office or if an employee leaves on short notice.

It allows for easier teamwork

When teammates know how to do each other’s jobs, it makes it easier to pitch in during instances where one person is busier and the other is slower. Being able to help during the ebbs and flows of business allows for a team to work more cohesively, enhances productivity and efficiency, and also boosts morale.

It boosts employee satisfaction

Being able to act in multiple roles actually has an effect on employee satisfaction rates. This is because it leads to employees feeling more valuable and fulfilled and it also discourages boredom.

It spurs employee development

Cross training employees allows them to further develop their skillset. Exploring new responsibilities can also allow them to further learn what kinds of things they like working on and what areas they want to push themselves on further, which is highly motivating.

It could save your organization money

Because cross training can increase efficiency within your office, it could save your organization money. It could even cut down on hiring needs since employees will be able to work in multiple roles and areas of the company.

It will reveal leaders

Watching employees develop new skills will separate the leaders of the pack from the rest. This will help you, as a business leader, to identify those you can count on to move up the ranks in your business.

How a PEO Can Help

A PEO is a great tool to help understand the most efficient and cost friendly ways to cross train your employees. Take advantage of our services to help find the PEO that will best work with your organization to save you money and keep your employees fulfilled, satisfied, and happy.

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