The Science of Getting Employees to Hit the Ground Running

Having the right workforce behind your company is crucial to success. When you have the right people working for you, it can be a dream come true. One the other hand, it can be a complete nightmare if teams are just not performing the way that you want them to. Training has been an essential part of business since the beginning of the job market, and it continues to be a pitfall for many companies. Some don’t understand the importance of proper training while others are not able to implement it in a way that is cost effective.

The following 5 tips are surefire ways to give your employees the skills they need to hit the ground running.

#1- Reinforce Training

First off, you need to take the time to reinforce everything that has been learned during a training session. Your workers won’t be able to understand why they are forced to participate in learning activities if they don’t see the ‘real-world’ connection to it all. You can reinforce your training by following up with individuals, providing coaching for improvement, and also handing out further materials that increase knowledge and encourage growth.

#2- Lead by Example

If you aren’t practicing what you preach, how can you expect your teams to? Don’t think that your employees will just start adopting new strategies if they see no one else using it. Show everyone why the new strategies and processes are in place and help them understand how it affects their workflow. You are there to guide your teams, and leading by example is the best way to influence a change in thought and ensure that learning is maximized.

#3- Ask For Feedback

Some learning methods are not for everyone, and you can learn more about the people that you work with if you ask for feedback. See how they feel about the learning process and what hurdles they are facing. Not only will this help you craft training sessions in the future, but you might be able to identify issues that everyone is having, but nobody has spoken up about. If you don’t ask for feedback, you may end up spending more time on an individual basis addressing problems that everyone has.

#4- Monitor Successes

Another great way to see how learning is going is by monitoring everyone’s success. There are plenty of different tools out there that you can use, and tracking everyone’s progress means that you’ll know exactly who is struggling and who is performing well. This tactic reveals trouble spots that team members are afraid of confessing to, but gives you a way to handle things in a more productive and effective manner.

#5- Using Performance Support Tools

Lastly, there are plenty of performance support tools out there for you to take advantage of. Performance support tools, such as WalkMe, serve as a digital guidance system and give users a step by step instruction on what they need to do next. It’s great teaching tool and can help reinforce learning in the process. Some companies have even chosen to use these tools to train instead of standard sessions.

Start Growing Today

No matter what approach you choose to take, you need to make sure that learning is a constant and productive thing. There are no companies that can remain stagnant forever, and change is a necessary part of growth. Use digital guidance tools and check for feedback to track your success and prevent losing precious hours to tedious training modules. Once you are able to implement these strategies, you’ll have a strong workforce that will succeed time and time again.

Jason Silberman
Jason is the former Lead Author & Editor of TrainingStation Blog
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