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If you can’t Hire...Train the People You’ve Got!

5 min read
By Jason Russo
Feb 16, 2021

No Budget to Hire...Supercharge Your Team with New Skills

Your team has a lot of work on its plate and you’ve been told there is no budget to hire additional team members. Budgets are tight but you still need to find a way to get the work done and not crush your existing team. Or maybe you just need to find a better way of doing things so that everyone on your team enjoys their work day more. It’s the age old dilemma of a manager and team needing to do more without having a lot of resources to address the issues.

Here’s the solution: Train the people you’ve got! Team training on data and analytics skills will improve everyone’s productivity and up the expertise on your team. Bonus benefit is that the team will feel the love from you as their manager for investing in them. It really is a win-win that companies and teams both benefit from. In this post we have a simple playbook you can follow to make this happen for your team.

If you are a manager you might be saying to yourself “I don’t have a training budget” or “My team doesn’t have any extra time to do a training.”

If you are a team member you might be saying “My Boss doesn’t seem to care that we are drowning in work, or at least doesn’t seem to be able to do anything about it.”

That might seem true to you, but online training has evolved a lot in a short amount of time. The good news is that even a small budget of a couple hundred dollars a month can provide a small team with high quality and impactful training that will really make a difference in the productivity and effectiveness of your team.

  • For managers this means you can make a strong case that a small budget will have a big impact.
  • For team members you might be able to help your boss solve a problem in a way that they hadn’t thought of before. You’ll probably get points for being solution oriented if you bring the idea up to them!

Remember we are in the age of remote work and remote learning. This means you don’t need to have a huge budget to bring in expensive trainers and stick your team in a room for days or weeks at a time for training. It’s quite the opposite, you can choose a quality online training platform like Maven Analytics and let our Guided Learning model lead your team to accomplishing your learning goals.

So let’s dig into the short list of things to tackle to make this happen for your team. Building your case can be as simple as preparing some basic information. We’ll walk you through the answers to these questions and you’ll be training before you know it:

  1. Why training your team on data analytics is the best answer to increasing productivity
  2. Why choosing an online Guided Learning solution like Maven is so effective
  3. How to get a training budget approved
  4. How to get started

Why training your team on data analytics is the best answer to increasing productivity: Data is everywhere and more and more people are interacting with data at work. If your team works with data even as a small part of what you do, there is an opportunity to increase your team’s productivity. Becoming more confident, accurate and efficient with data will save your team time and improve the quality of your work and increase the impact your team has. You can think of it as improving your team’s Data Literacy and just like with learning to speak a language by becoming more proficient and fluent in data your team will be set up for success. All of this translates to better work, faster work and usually happier team members and clients.

Why choosing an online Guided Learning solution like Maven is so effective: Online learning has many benefits compared to traditional training. It’s usually much cheaper and more effective. Online learning works well in today’s remote working environment and can be done during down time at the pace that you set. Even more effective is a true Guided Learning approach like Maven’s. However, online learning can sometimes be a “Do it yourself” journey that can lead to failure. That’s where Guided Learning takes online learning to the next level by providing the support you need to successfully complete your learning goals. With Maven’s Guided Learning you get the right learning plan coupled with expert support to get your team to where you want them to be. In addition you have access to live coaching and support from Maven Instructors who are real subject matter experts to accelerate your learning and growth. You set the goals...we’ll guide you and your team to obtaining the skills and knowledge that will set your team apart. You can be confident that your boss will agree that Maven is the best value available for high quality and low price.

How to get a training budget approved: Often it’s a lot simpler than you think. Remember that most companies are looking to improve their efficiency and effectiveness. If you make a clear and simple case that shows how the company will benefit, you have a good shot at making it happen. It’s really as simple as delivering your boss the following information:

  1. What you or your team are going to learn
  2. How this benefits the company
  3. The cost to the company
  4. Your commitment to complete the training to the best of your ability

Once you have this info together you can decide if having a conversation or providing it in writing is the best way to go. If you are looking for more info on how to get a budget approved, we provide more detail on that topic here.

How to get started: You can be up and running in a matter of minutes or we can show you around. If you are ready to get started you can Sign up for Free. Once you are set up you can invite team members, assign courses, set deadlines and track your team’s progress.

If you are still in research mode we are happy to give you a quick demo where we’ll walk you through the platform, its features and answer any questions you may have. You can Schedule a Demo here.

Let’s do this: As always, the Maven team is here to help you make this happen for you and your team. If you have questions or get stuck along the way. Please reach out and Chat with Maven if there is anything we can do to help. Or take a look at our Team Training page to see how we can help your team stay ahead of the curve.

Author

Jason Russo

Jason has 20+ years of experience leading successful teams, and has delivered results for companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500. Jason founded and bootstrapped his previous company to a successful acquisition before joining Maven in 2019 to help lead the next phase of growth.

Jason has 20+ years of experience leading successful teams, and has delivered results for companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500. Jason founded and bootstrapped his previous company to a successful acquisition before joining Maven in 2019 to help lead the next phase of growth.

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