Improving Effectiveness of Training - Five Easy Things You Can Do
How do you improve the effectiveness of training -- ie. learning, transfer of learning, and bottom line, improved business results?
There's no ONE way. In fact effective training involves doing a lot of the little things correctly, from identifying needs to creating just the right balance of content and process, right through to ensuring that the training is reinforced after the seminar, and on the job.
Five Simple Strategies For Improving Training Impact
- Identify the skills that employees need to do their jobs, identify gaps between where they are and what they need, and focus training on resolving the gaps. Always start with job tasks and work backwards to be sure the training is targeted to improving necessary job skills. Do training needs assessments that focus on job tasks, rather than asking people what they want. The latter is usually misleading.
- In skills training, need to be used by learners IMMEDIATELY upon returning to their work environments. Training that occurs way in advance of applying the skills fails.
- Consider doing follow-up mini-sessions a month or two after a training session, where participants can interact and talk about their experiences and challenges applying what was learned. Even an hour long mini-session can be hugely effective, and participants really like this focus on application of learning.
- Encourage managers of participants to both attend the same training of their employees AND talk about the training back on the job. Managers often want to "fire and forget" when it comes to training, but if they are onside from the beginning and actively coach, and/or remind staff to apply what they've learned the training becomes much more effective.
- Encourage and/or arrange for participants to teach or communicate what they learned. This is often a very cost effective way to train many people, but if participants know up-front that they will be training others, or even reporting back to their peers, they tend to learn more effectively and the act of communicating what they learned to others is a way to reinforce learning.
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For training to be effective, it can't stand on it's own, but should be part of an overall development strategy that results in creating an infrastructure of learning. Many small things go into making training more effective, and that's what you will find covered in this section.
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