Employee training and development is a crucial part of any company’s or corporation’s effort to grow, thrive, and get the profits pouring in at new levels.

Hiring exceptional individuals who have a full resume and show a lot of natural talent is only the starting point to getting the building blocks you need to prosper.

If they aren’t properly trained and don’t know how to come in and work all the systems, then how are they supposed to give that old motivational 110%?

The truth is that they can’t – and there’s nothing that slows down the work day and causes undue stress quite like uncertainty. The more uncertainty recently hired workers have the longer it’s going to take for them to really be able to produce in the company, pay back the investment of their training, and everyone else is going to be slowed down until they hit their pace. This also tends to cause the type of frustration that causes you to lose good people early on.

Programs for employee training and development are a must!

Simply put, there’s never a good reason to have these types of roadblocks in your company. By setting up the proper programs for high quality employee training and development, your employees can start off strong right from their first day on the job.

You will also be able to continue to encourage them along and quickly develop the high end potential that entry level employees show. It’s all about having a solid system for work as well as having a great training program to see everyone through.

You job doesn’t stop at training

Training new employees is only the first step for a company that truly wants to succeed and thrive. It’s great to have the new hires hit the ground running, but where do you go from there?

How do you make sure you’re getting the most talented people in every department? If you  compared yourself to the competition, whose average workers would win if you were trying to figure out who was most valuable?

Developing your employees well after the hire date is a critical part of making sure you get everything you can out of your talent and it also does another good thing for you: this helps you to keep workers engaged since they know they will have plenty of opportunities to get additional salary, promotions, or attention.

Setting this in the culture, to develop your winners, starts on every level and works its way up to the very top of the pyramid in a healthy company.

Related: 8 Strategies For Getting The Most Out of Your Employees

Employee training and development will always be an extremely important part of any company’s strategy for success. Hiring hard working and highly qualified people is only the beginning.

By properly training them, by developing their talent, and by having outstanding programs that are in place to spot your talent and give them a clear path towards getting even better you will always get your best talent to where it is going to do the most good for you. That’s why training and development is so important in any company.

Employee development might not be a concern for your business  while you are just starting but create a learning culture right from the beginning to encourage it as a habit. Most startups don’t plan for it until the company is stable.

Employee training doesn’t have to be costly. When done right, your business can benefit from the full potential of employees and your staff can use their skills to the maximum. The long-term payoff can be significant for the success of your business.

This post was submitted by a contributor. Check out our Contributor page for details about how you can share your ideas on starting a business, productivity or life hacks with our audience.