Today’s fast-paced business world is highlighted by the release of new tools that enable companies to automate their tasks and stay ahead of the competition. But these tools are usually not easy to use, requiring employees to be trained. One survey shows that American companies spent 10% more on employee training and development in 2014 compared to the year before. The problem is, most of the money spent on it is wasted, with only 25% saying that it improved the performance of employees.
So what should you do to get the most out of your employee training programs? Read on and find out the right way to train your employees and improve their performance.
5 Steps To Proper Employee Training
1. Plan first.
The biggest mistake most companies make is not having a clear plan regarding their training program. Don’t just train your employees for the sake of training them. You must determine the core skills you want to teach your employees as well as activities that will help bring out these skills. Your training program will then be laser-focused on these skills and competencies.
2. Train the right people.
In some cases, companies train the wrong people. This isn’t just costly, but potentially damaging to the company as well. Be sure that the employees you train are those who are responsible for directly acting on it. Training those that aren’t in the front lines is a huge waste of time and money.
3. Hire competent trainers.
It might seem easy to find competent trainers. After all, you just have to take a look at their resume and ask them a few questions. But keep in mind that real life experiences are way better than fancy diplomas. The trainer you hire should have experience in your field. It’s also recommended to test the trainer in a small engagement first before committing to a bigger training session. Take this time to evaluate the trainer, his approach to training and whether he’s focused on action.
4. Shorter training sessions deliver better results.
If you’ve ever been in a long employee training session, you know how boring it could get. Training programs don’t have to be this way. Many trainers try to hold long sessions in an attempt to save time. But in the end, that will work against your favor as your employees might not have gotten anything fruitful from the training. It’s better to divide the entire program into shorter training sessions. This results to higher engagement among the participants. It also helps the employees turn what they learn from the training into a habit.
5. Training without implementation is useless.
Your training and development program must conclude with an effective implementation strategy. Remember that your goal is to make your employees more knowledgeable and competent at executing certain functions. If the training merely consists of tips and advice without an actionable plan, don’t expect any improvement in employee performance. Train and implement. Repeat these two and you should see a noticeable boost in productivity.
Evaluate your current employee training strategy and see where you need to make adjustments. Avoid wasting money by creating an actionable plan, using shorter training sessions and ensuring that your employees implement what they’ve learned from the training.