Although some type of training for employees is essential for almost any business, training employees can have some potential drawbacks for the employer. Companies can use a variety of ways to train employees, such as on-the-job training or classroom training, but all of them have a few problems for employers.
One of the biggest potential problems with employee training is the cost of the process. If you handle the training internally, it costs money because you have to pay one of your employees for training instead of doing productive work. If you use an outside trainer, you have to pay him for his time. You could send your employees to a seminar or training conference in another location, which also can represent a substantial cost for the company.
If an employee is very talented at her job, you might think that she would make a good trainer for new employees. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many employees. Being able to train employees is a special skill and not everyone has this ability. When it comes to using an employee to train other employees, you might move someone out of her comfort zone and she may be unable to train the new employees as you need them to be trained.
Another potential problem with training employees is that you may not have enough time to do so adequately. Many companies only devote a small amount time to training new employees, and it could result in the employees not knowing everything they need to know to be successful. The trainer may have to rush through the important parts of the job and skip over some of the other tasks that also need to be understood by the employee.
When you delegate the training of new employees to a particular employee or trainer, you have to be very careful with regard to what the new employees are learning. If the trainer does not do the job as you want it to be done, your new employees might end up picking up some bad habits along the way. This could make your entire business perform at a level that is less than acceptable from your point of view, but the employees would not know it.