🏆 The strategies and templates you need to become a best place to work

June 19, 2024

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For your reading pleasure:

  • A guidelines template to help employee decision-making.
  • Five strategies for becoming a “best place to work.”
  • A new look for completing your employee training in Trainual.
  • And why you need to follow Warren Buffett’s advice about quick decisions.


Template of the week: Decision-making Guidelines

Decision-making Guidelines template from Trainual

Unless you’re running a Big Brother-type of operation at your business (um… right?), you’ll never know everything your employees are doing.

After all, having employees means you’re allowing others to make decisions on behalf of the business. And you trust them to perform their roles and fulfill their responsibilities to the highest standard. Because they can’t come running to you every time there’s a decision to be made.  

On the other hand, you can’t be too go-with-the-flow. If you meet every bad decision with a shrug and “it is what it is” mentality, you’re not leading effectively. Instead, you need to equip your employees with resources that’ll help them make good decisions — before they make them.

👉 You know what will help? Using this Decision-making Guidelines template to outline how your team should approach the choices they make at your business — from the low-impact everyday decisions to the once-in-a-blue-moon ones that could send shockwaves through your entire company.

Check out our entire template archive of free and customizable policy, process, and role starters. New to Trainual? Get a demo.


5 ways you could become an Inc. Best Workplace (w/ templates!)

We’re not usually one to brag…
But we’ve been named on Inc.’s Best Workplaces list for 2024! 🎉

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Seriously though, as cool as this is, we know that being on this list is a reflection of the hard work that our team puts into our product and customer experience every 👏 single 👏 day. Being a best place to work shouldn’t be a surprise. It takes intentional effort — which is why making the list is something any business can achieve.

Here are five reasons why we’re confident we’re a best place to work (with some handy resources to help you get started):

1. Hiring top performers can change the game.
“Teamwork makes the dream work,” right? That’s why we gotta raise a glass to the number one reason for our success: our high-performing team.

But the stork didn’t just drop them off at the Trainual doorstep. We know being a best place to work means surrounding our employees with other high performers — so, that’s who we hire. Our dedicated hiring squad has a proven process to find our next top performer — one that continuously adds the right people to our team.

Want to institute a better hiring process at your business? Get started with these templates:

👉 Find four more ways to make your business a “Best Workplace.”


Completion certificates got a makeover! Here’s how to award them to your team.

Trainual completion certificate example

You dish out training. Your team gets sh*t done. 

Every. Time.

So let’s give ‘em a little recognition for their accomplishments with completion certificates! And cue the “oohs” and “aahs” — because they just got a makeover. 

We’ll get real for a sec… completion certificates were dull AF. So we decided to spice those babies up with your logo, brand colors, and some celebratory confetti. (It’s the little things for us.)

To award completion certificates, head to any subject’s advanced settings and check the box next to that option. 

👉 See how to award and download completion certificates.


How Warren Buffet avoids fast decisions to reach great success

Sometimes, running a business feels like a race you can’t win.
Maybe another business is filling the niches you’re striving for first, or you can’t reach your potential customers quickly enough.

So, it feels like you need to make all your decisions on the spot — or, you risk losing out to the next business.

But take it from Warren Buffett (AKA, one of the richest people in the world):
When talking about choosing investments, Warren said, "If you aren't willing to own a stock for 10 years, don't even think about owning it for 10 minutes."

And that advice applies to every decision you could make about your business.

Maybe it feels like you absolutely need to hire a new salesperson today. But if you have any niggle of doubt that they’ll still be the right person in 10 years time, then don’t make that decision today.

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In other words, aim to solve your issues for three, five, and even 10 years in mind. We doubt that you’re only looking to keep your business afloat for a couple of years — if you’re building with longevity in mind, make sure your decisions reflect that.

And in the event that you made a quick decision that you now regret, let’s turn to Warren’s wisdom again: “If he wouldn’t buy a stock today, he shouldn’t be willing to hold it today.”

Meaning, don’t just stay the course and hope things will resolve themselves. Look for solutions to your past decisions now. Otherwise, you risk letting them become a bigger headache down the line.

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