How do I make Training More Effective?
Assess the Effectiveness of Your Training
What are the Benefits of Training?
Learning is vital to today's world. Everyone needs to keep up with technological and market changes. Businesses who train their people benefit in the following ways:
- Develop a reputation as a good employer and therefore able to attract and retain excellent people
- Increase in the skills of their people in a cost-effective way - It is often more costly to hire and train new staff, even when the new staff have required qualifications for a new position, than it is to develop the skills of existing staff members.
- Retaining people who become increasingly competent and skilled.
- Improve intellectual capital and expertise to draw on for effective decision-making.
- Create a satisfying place to work.
- Business as a whole becomes stronger, more productive, and ultimately more sustainable.
How can you make your Training Effective?
Make sure Training is the Problem
Training is NOT Always the Answer! Before you start make sure that training is really the problem.
Set Clear Objectives
Define what success looks like, the behaviors required for success. Establish goals for each training session, and communicate these goals to the participants at the beginning of each session.
Provide a Comfortable Environment
Pay attention to physical concerns such as heat, lighting, sound and seating. Make sure the training room is big enough so that people are not crowded. Provide comfortable seating. Make sure everything is clean and bright. Quality is in the details!
Build on What they Already Know
New learning should be linked to (and build upon) the experiences of the learner.
Recognise Accomplishments at Every Opportunity
Provide opportunities for repeated practice and feedback. Reward and recognise correct behaviour/performance. Use quizzes and scoring, peer feedback activities to recognise and reward successful behaviour.
Create an Active Learning Experience
Create an active learning experience rather than a passive experience. Studies show that interactivity improves attentiveness as much as 88% and retention as much as 27%. You can tell people what they need to know very quickly, but they will forget what you tell them even faster. A number of studies have shown students remember:
- 10 percent of what they read.
- 20 percent of what they hear.
- 30 percent of what they see.
- 50 percent of what they see and hear.
- 70 percent of what they say when they speak.
- 80 percent of what they actually do.
- 90 percent of what they say as they actually do it
Create learning experiences that engage the whole person - Every participant has a particular learning style. Some are visual learners, some learn better by hearing information and some prefer hands-on activities. Use a variety of interactive learning activities, make the training come alive with high participation and energy.
Keep Training Relevant
Use real-life examples and situations to discuss problems and challenges, and practice techniques. All activities, competitions and discussions should be focused on achieving specific learning goals.
Make Training Fun
Laughter and fun speed up the learning process, increase retention, excitement, and participation. When we laugh, we retain more than 80% of the information learned. Laughter is a powerful learning tool. When people are having fun, they are more relaxed. When they are more relaxed, they are more open. When they are more open, they are able to participate and learn without any fear or anxiety.
Get in Touch with Jump
If you need help, or you answered no or unsure to any of the questions in the assessment tool, then Jump Business Solutions can help you. Phone us on +64 6 754 8987 or +64 27 450 5271 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and Jump will come to you, discover your needs, and develop a solution that will create real, long-term and positive change for you and your business.
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