6 Ways to Get More Out of Workplace Training With Less Time and Effort

One of the best ways to improve the competitiveness of your team and future-proof your organisation is to provide workplace training. You could choose from a variety of industry-related programmes to introduce or improve skills, as well as “generalist” courses that are useful across all professions (e.g., first aid).

Do note that workplace training is a full-on commitment. You can’t go at it half-heartedly, or you’ll end up wasting your investment. At the same time, workplace training shouldn’t drain resources away from other aspects of your business. In short, you need to strike that perfect balance for maximum effectiveness.

Here are some ways to get more out of your workplace training without too much time (or effort):

Know the Goal

Before you start booking instructors and classes, you first need to establish one thing: what do you aim to accomplish? Why do you want your employees to be certified for a certain skill and how will this benefit your company?

There has to be a purpose for your workplace training. It doesn’t matter if you only have a singular objective or a laundry list of targets. By setting early on what you want to accomplish, you can design a programme (or the providers can design one for you) that can help you achieve your goals in the most efficient way possible.

Quality Over Quantity

With how fast technology develops and human knowledge advances, it can be tempting to sign up for all sorts of training all at the same time. However, doing this can actually hold you back because your employees can lose focus.

Instead, invest in quality training courses from reliable providers. If you really want (or have) to have your employees attain multiple certifications, do them one at a time. You don’t want information overload to get in the way of actual learning and fruitful application.

Train Multiple Departments at the Same Time (When Applicable)

Some forms of training are highly specific to a job. For example, asbestos training is meant for professionals who work or plan to work in the construction industry. While anyone can theoretically enrol in an asbestos training course, it doesn’t make business sense to require your employees to take one if it isn’t going to be put to good use.

Meanwhile, there are some training programmes that can be taught company-wide. These include things like health and safety, digital security, and even financial literacy.

You can opt to have these training programs conducted in one big session. It can save you a lot of time and money and at the same time foster collaboration and camaraderie among your employees.

Don’t Forget the Fun

Continuous learning is important for professional development. However, the idea of learning—particularly in the traditional classroom format—can admittedly feel tedious to employees who have long since left school.

This is why it’s important to inject some fun into your workplace training sessions. This will not only help cultivate interest, but also encourage retention.

A simple solution is to gamify certain parts of a training course. Consider adding quizzes or other competitive aspects like badge collection to boost engagement.

Remember to take breaks within and between each learning session as well. A tired brain won’t be able to process, much less absorb information no matter how they were presented.

Measure and Follow Up

How do you know if your training program is a success? If you’ve met most if not all the goals you’ve set for yourself in the beginning. This is why the first item in this list is so crucial. If you don’t have anything to measure against, then you won’t know how much you have achieved.

Obviously, there are certain aspects of workplace training that can’t be quantified. For example, when it comes to H&S training, you can’t really measure “creating a culture of safety” by the numbers. However, there are plenty of measurable benefits such as a reduction of accidents in the workplace.

The bottom line here is that after training, see if you’ve managed to hit your targets within the specified period. You should also get the feedback of those who received the training. Did they like the experience and the way the subjects were presented? Was the speaker engaging? What things would they like to learn more about in the next sessions? These evaluations can help you develop more successful training programs in the future.

Offer Refresher Courses

Whether you like it or not, you will eventually lose some of the things you’ve learned in the past. You might not totally forget about them, but they won’t be at the forefront of your mind either. There are also certain fields in which information quickly gets updated (think the sciences and medicine). What was accurate today might not be tomorrow.

These, among many other reasons, are why you should regularly conduct refresher courses for workplace training. This way, your employees will always be equipped with the latest knowledge and techniques.

 

Good luck with your workplace training endeavours and more power to your organisation!

 

CC Training Academy offers courses for the Kiwi workforce.