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How to Ask Your Boss for Cross-Training Opportunities

Concorde Staff

Concorde Staff

Updated February 8, 2016. The information contained in this blog is current and accurate as of this date.
Value of cross training in health care

After you begin your health care career, you want to make sure you're a valuable, marketable employee.

One of the best ways to increase your value as an employee is to engage in cross-training. However, you might be wondering how to approach your boss about additional training.

At Concorde Career College, we work to offer excellent cross-training opportunities to individuals involved in health care careers. If you're not sure how to ask your boss about these opportunities, consider approaching him or her with a look at all the benefits cross-training has to offer.

When you walk in with an excellent plan and a list of benefits, your boss will be more likely to make the investment.


While cross-training requires an initial investment, it also offers the benefit of increasing productivity. Increased productivity within a practice results in greater efficiency, and ultimately, it increases the bottom line of the practice.

Let your boss know that this training will make you more productive on the job, and there's a good chance your boss will agree to this opportunity.

Cross-training also has the potential to save the company money by leveraging the current talent within the company. Employees are able to acquire new skills, which is less expensive than spending money on recruiting new candidates.

It's always significantly cheaper to shift employee duties and roles instead of conducting external recruitment campaigns.


Another benefit cross-training offers is the ability to improve practice flexibility. Companies always need to prepare for having an empty slot to fill, whether an employee needs to be out on vacation due to sickness, or a position is terminated.

Cross-training ensures that there is always someone else who can handle new job duties, and the company won't be at a loss if employee termination takes place.

Although losing an employee might result in understaffing, the company can still function, keep the bottom line intact and keep patients happy.


Keeping clients happy is an essential part of running a business, and failure to keep clients satisfied always results in problems with the company's bottom line. Explain to your boss that cross-training results in greater client satisfaction.

Employees with cross-training have more knowledge of the company, which often enables them to reduce the time taken to provide a client with the service they require.

While cross-training benefits your health care career, it is also essential to let your boss know that it benefits the company as well. Once your boss understands the benefits, the company will likely be willing to make the investment in the training you want.

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