Effectively training employees is important to any organization and it is a role that falls under the HR department’s umbrella. As an HR manager, you may need to do the necessary research, come up with a training strategy, and in some cases conduct the training yourself.
Needless to say all of that can be very involved, which is why effectively training employees is a big challenge. That being said there are a few useful tips that can help you to improve your organization’s employee training by leaps and bounds.
Personalize Training to the Needs to Employees
Bulk training may be an easy solution – but it is almost never an effective one. The fact of the matter is that different employees have different needs, and many will not have them catered to with a one-size-fits-all approach.
The more personalized your training is, the better it will be. It should be structured based on the role the employees play, the skills they require, and if possible should even take into account their individual strengths and weaknesses.
Although that will definitely be much more complicated for you to carry out as an HR manager, it will allow you to optimize the use of the resources that are available for training – and produce far more impressive results.
Acquire Feedback – the Right Way
Feedback can help you to significantly improve your training based on the response of employees. However, forcing employees to fill out mass surveys or post-training reports rarely achieves the desired outcome.
Instead of going down that route, you should try to be proactive about encouraging employees to provide feedback. One option is to implement a coaching system that promotes discussions about the training program, and the actions that can be taken to improve it.
Keep in mind that any feedback should be evaluated alongside other ways to measure training effectiveness.
Provide Varied Training Materials
People have different learning styles, which is why you should try to provide more varied training materials that cater to that. At very least it could help to create training materials using different types of media, including articles, mind-maps, graphs, charts, videos, podcasts, and so on.
Although producing training materials will require resources, in some cases you could even do it in-house with very little difficulty. One way to pull that off is to follow this guide on how to record screen.
At the end of the day the more diverse your mix of training materials, the more likely you are to be able to promote effective learning.
Assign Responsibilities and Encourage Action
Assigning responsibilities based on any training (either during or immediately after) is crucial. It will let employees put what they’ve learned to the test by carrying out meaningful tasks.
That can help to directly improve the effectiveness of the training by providing the opportunity for employees to make mistakes and learn from them. It can be a powerful motivational tool that helps solidify the results of training and empower employees so that they feel confident applying the skills they learn.
Make no mistake it will take time for any HR manager to improve the effectiveness of training, so you should not expect overnight results. Instead, the tips listed above will allow you to make iterative improvements that improve it step by step.
Overall however not only will improving training allows you to carry out your role more effectively, but the benefits will be felt (and undoubtedly appreciated) by the organization that you work for as well as individual employees.
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