Businesses invest a lot of money in staff training, but sometimes they find that sessions are not as effective as they would like. If this is the case for your business it can be a great idea implement new technologies or adopt a new approach to training in order to help your team to benefit. Here are some great ways to get more out of your training sessions with members of staff.
Make training fun
It can be true that some employee training sessions revolve around topics that aren’t necessarily especially interesting. Take the example of health and safety briefings. While these are absolutely essential for any business, they can often come across as dull or unnecessary.
You can counteract this by making the sessions as fun as possible. A training session on the driest of topics can be lifted by injecting humour and allowing employees to relax as they learn. One of the best ways you can do this is by using charismatic and engaging trainers. The right presenter who can have fun with a topic and add a few jokes will really improve the amount that staff members can get from a session.
Another popular way to keep staff interested is through gamification. Gamification works by introducing aspects of games to motivate people to achieve certain goals. For example, if you are running a sales training event you can use the session to set up a league table for sales. This could then lead to prizes being awarded for the best performance.
Make use of audience response systems
An audience response system (ARS) allows you to receive immediate feedback from individual handheld devices. This has a huge variety of uses in training sessions as it allows you to engage individuals through the technology.
One use is in testing and quizzes to ensure that everyone in the session is paying attention and understand the material they are being introduced to. Instead of having paper tests that then have to be assessed and marked, ARSs allow for instantaneous assessment which can then be displayed anonymously.
Live question and answer sessions help to keep employees interested in the subject matter instead of expecting employees to sit and listen for the duration of the training.
It’s not actually particularly useful for employees to listen to a lengthy lecture filled with stats. In fact, if you are trying to get a message across it’s a much better idea to break up the training sessions with opportunities for interactivity. This can come both through Q&A with the tutor and time for peer-to-peer discussions.
People often learn best by talking things through with their colleagues. It gives them the chance to share their own stories and experiences which can often be far more effective than examples given by trainers. You might find that some members of staff are performing a task in a different way to others. When alternative methods are shared it can ultimately lead to an improved way of working.