Achieve your winter training goals


December 12, 2018



Winter months mean cool weather and fewer pests — the perfect time to expand your knowledge of pest control. Don’t neglect to incorporate training and education into the wintertime to-do list for your company. Take the time to develop training objectives for your staff, and reward them when their goals are achieved.

Now more than ever, educational resources are available online and on-demand. Webinars (live or recorded) can be a great supplement, and can be turned into a group activity by adding some speakers and a projector to the office computer. Throw in some popcorn and soft drinks, and make it an event!

Online courses are becoming increasingly available and can be added to the mix, along with conferences and self-study/certification programs like the Entomological Society of America’s (ESA) Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) program.

As the busy season winds down, identify specific goals for each of your employees. Hold people accountable to their goals, and celebrate successes. Consider holding a fun staff event if everyone can complete their training objectives by a certain date. It’s amazing what can be accomplished when the group is working toward a common goal.

Finally, make training a priority. The key to getting your team to buy into the idea of training during the slow season is to let them know it’s important to the success of the company during the busy times of year. By preparing now, your team will be ready to perform at the highest levels during the peak season next spring.

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