A strong employee training program is an important pillar of success for any organization. Your business is constantly evolving, and your employees are moving right along with it. Providing thorough, dynamic and continuous training helps align these two movements to become a successful operation.
When it comes to best practices for effective training, there are many potential answers, and what works for one group of people may not always be absorbed as well by another. In general, however, it helps to prioritize a few key things for more effective employee training.
Introducing: The 4 Steps to More Effective Training
1.Know Your Strategy
Effective training programs should have a strategy that both the employees and organization can stand behind. Finding a harmonious point where the organization and employee are aligned can help drive this strategy. Only when employee training programs are relevant to both the employee and the organization’s vision, will they be successful.
Having a clear game plan helps organize training sessions into something more meaningful than simply sharing helpful information. If employee training programs are managed and strategized well, they have a greater likelihood of long-term success.
2. Foster an environment for constant learning
If continuous learning is part of the company culture, people are more likely to be actively involved in their training. Sessions and information given by the formal training team are important. However, don’t forget about the other individuals who are subject matter experts and could share their knowledge with peers.
Allow your employees to be involved with both learning and teaching and it will create a community of active learners. This could take form in an article, a session or other teachable moments that empower employees to share their expert knowledge with one another.
Providing diversity of knowledge in a variety of ways will allow employees to learn at a constant and advancing rate.
3. Be a resource and an advocate
It is important that employees know that you are there as a resource if they need help in the future. Making you, your team, and the content available for anyone within the company will make employee training programs more accessible and the learning more comfortable.
If employees trust you and feel connected to the purpose of the training, the material will be easier to digest and continuously interact with. If a question comes up, they can research the answer, but know that you are there as a resource as well.
4. Shorten the gap between learning and application
Most training managers know the true pain of knowledge retention — or lack thereof. One way to combat potential forgetfulness is to break up learning into digestible pieces of content. Training will be more approachable and knowledge will be easier to retain.
WalkMe’s Digital Adoption Platform simplifies any software training process with bite-sized snippets of information that are provided in context, exactly at the time of need. This type of on-the-job learning shortens the gap between training and application and is the best way to ensure knowledge retention.
Finding a balance between the right learning tools and long term strategy will take your employee training program to the next level.