The training process of your employees may seem like their own personal thing, yet, you would be surprised to learn that there are more than several ways in which you can affect this process in a positive way. Namely, by creating a perfect set of conditions and a positive learning atmosphere within the office, you can encourage your employees to embrace these trends to their fullest. With that in mind and without further ado, here are several tips to better the training process of your workers.
1. Provide intrinsic motivation
While this phrase may seem somewhat contradictory (after all, isn’t intrinsic motivation something that no one can affect) you, as an employer, can have an impact on this in more ways than you think. You see, just sending an employee on a course is one thing; however, incentivizing them by helping them realize what this means for their career is something else entirely. Tell them what they can expect on their career path after they complete this part of the training and you might just make them try harder.
2. Start a mentor program
The next great idea would be for you to start a great mentoring program. Namely, the first thing you achieve by doing so is to create a learning culture within your office. There are so many industry veterans with the knowledge to share and letting this massive potential go to waste is definitely not a great idea. Next, it keeps the cost of learning fairly low, due to the fact that it’s a frugal learning model to start with. Also, it helps the mentor as well, seeing as how it helps them fortify and confirm their knowledge once again.
3. Simulations of real-life experiences
Sometimes, what your employees need is a specific in-field experience that may seem hard to provide. For instance, after finishing law school, a lot of attorneys don’t see the inside of a courtroom for years and years to come. The reason behind this is the fact that the majority of the cases gets settled outside of the court, not to mention the fact that attorneys might forget all the tips from law school due to years of inactivity. However, by organizing a mock court trial, you can successfully bridge this gap in a simple and efficient manner.
4. Give them a chance to apply their knowledge
When you start training your employees, you’re doing so with a purpose. You either want them to be more efficient at their current post or you want to give them a chance to assume a different position within your business in the future. The best thing you can do for them to quickly adapt is to give them a chance to apply this knowledge right away. This way, you’ll facilitate their learning process, as well as give them a chance of a much greater immersion in the learning process.
5. Don’t punish risk-taking
Learning from your own experience is by far the most effective didactic method. On the other hand, the biggest problem with this idea lies in the fact that taking risks tends to be quite expensive both individually and for the company as a whole. If your employees are reluctant to take risks for the fear of being scolded, penalized or fired, they’ll stick to their old patterns and routines. In some cases, they’ll even refuse to apply newly acquired knowledge, simply because they’re still unsure of the outcome. The best way to handle this is to simply not punish risk-taking behavior (to a degree). Remember, risk-taking and recklessness are not one and the same thing.
At the end of the day, there’s only so much you can do in order to improve the training process of your employees. Unless they’re willing to give it their best, invest a lot of effort and try extra hard, all your efforts will be futile. Still, if the employee is willing to go this extra mile, it’s your duty (as well as in your best interest) to create perfect conditions for them to do so. In this way, both they and your organization get to advance far beyond your previous potential.