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Training can make a difference

20 October 2010

Continually training employees can only lead to an overall better performance rate in the workplace. However, to transfer the knowledge into the workplace, follow these tips to ensure training is used to its maximum advantage:

  1. The quality and performance of the trainer themselves makes a key difference. It has been shown that people react better to a trainer who is trained in the specific industry and can offer advice and support from their real life experiences to demonstrate to the participants.
  2. Training should follow a structured training programme designed to help participants retain the information. Each class should relate to the last and to the next and should build on the values and skills previously learnt. It may also be handy to schedule the training sessions in blocks throughout the week, thus giving the participants a chance to employ their training throughout the week and analyse its outcome.
  3. Managers could attend training sessions to reinforce their own skills and learn some new ones. Other employees may find it useful to see their managers using new skills and build their own confidence to implement them.
  4. Although there is a huge array of skills and information to train people in, it is important to employ only the ones that are relevant and will be used consistently in a specific job. It is more effective for participants to be able to use their new knowledge within their field immediately.
  5. Give pre-workshop articles or questionnaires. A pre-training exercise can bring a group together on one particular topic and sees some people understanding and retaining the training more prominently.
  6. Keep the training varied, fun and stimulating from session to session. Use real life analogies, visual aids such as power points or whiteboards and encourage active participation which essentially encourages people to transfer their training back to their job.
  7. To aid training and motivation, have a training partner. Whether self-chosen or an assigned one, it gives a chance to compare notes, receive feedback and motivate each other for each session.

For more information on further training your employees give us a call on 0800 612 1299.

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