Getting your Employee Training Schedule Right

Working out a functional and efficient employee training schedule can be one of the biggest obstacles in the training world. It’s a problem of busy professionals who really, more often than not, don’t want to be bothered with your tinkering and “new ideas”, and just want to be left alone to do their darn jobs.

Along with this, employees, who already live with the daily grind of work life, don’t want to have to spend more time miserable in classrooms being trained. They take solace in the fact that, even if they must endure working life, that at least school is long past them, and all the tedium that brings with it.

So, with these things working against you, and an overall schedule which you must work within to complete overall training, you’re stuck needing to put much care into your employee training schedule as possible.

But, what exactly can you really do? What advice can I give on this? Well, there’s a lot that depends too much on your environment, the people, your overall schedule, your training methods and much more, so beyond generalities, there’s really not much that can be said.

Fortunately, there are those generalities to take into consideration, so let’s take a look at those at least. These are kind of obvious though, so there’s a limit to what can be said here as well.

The first thing to bear in mind is that biting into the personal time of employees is never acceptable. It’s a common instinct to think that some of the man hour costs of training can be diverted by scheduling some of it on Saturdays or the like. And that’s a bad idea.

Employees, even if being paid for the time, will resent this severely, and will be less than receptive. This has proven itself time and time again. Believe me.

Second, this also counts for lunch time, or elongating the work day to accommodate it. It’s never acceptable for any part of a day or week that usually belongs explicitly to the individual to be intruded upon.

With one exception, and only if handled right.

We’re going to point out now, first, that engagement in training is of course important, but that has little to do with the schedule usually. However, if you must use extra time, then pick the lunch hour for it, and do this the right way. Take them all to lunch for group discussion and review of a topic. Make it a nice lunch. It doesn’t have to be a five star restaurant, but someplace enjoyable with a fun atmosphere is important.

Now, the ultimate boost to an efficient schedule is actually going to be using training software called WalkMe. With this, you can set up a thing that lives in the forms, and you can program it (with point and click instructions) to control and monitor form states, and react to them. This lets it guide trainees through wildly complex tasks one step at a time, easily.

This achieves a working while doing method of training, which means the man hour expense of being considerate to the free time of others is far less actually costly.

These are the basic things to consider when working out an employee training schedule. There’s a lot of nuance here, but it’s entirely dependent on things I can’t predict about your situation.

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Jason Silberman
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