[su_dropcap style=”flat”]H[/su_dropcap]ERE AT BIZCATALYST360°, we firmly believe in the power of employee training. Whether you’re onboarding a new recruit or teaching an existing staff member, the results are fantastic. It’s a great way to show your team that you’re serious about letting them progress. It’s a form of investment in their development and advancement. Not only that, but you’ll get brilliant results from the process. Remember, learning never exhausts the mind! You’ll unlock new skills, and benefit from their revived passion and excitement. If you ask us, it’s one of the best investments you’ll ever make. But, how do you do it?
Set goals, and define the end game
Before you start, make sure there’s a set of clear, defined goals involved. In other words, outline why you are doing this training. What do you hope to achieve by training your staff member. Is the ultimate goal to promote them to a managerial position and take over a previous role? Is it simply to give them a basic understanding of the company, and introduce them to simple skills? Is it to improve their health and safety knowledge in your particular company? Outline the end game, and work towards it.
Use a variety of training techniques
It’s essential that your employees understand why they’re undergoing this training. More importantly, make sure they know what they’ll be learning. Give them a schedule of events, and a detailed list of topics. Try to provide a variety of different types of training. For example, they’ll benefit from one-on-one learning directly. Meanwhile, you can also enrol them in health and safety seminars. You can also have them attend lectures or shadow an existing employee. These various training techniques all have their place, so make use of them all.
Introduce skills gradually
This piece of advice is particularly important when onboarding a new recruit. You don’t want to overwhelm them with new skills and techniques. Instead, try to introduce them slowly, and build them up over a few weeks. Give them chance to settle in, and master each topic you introduce. Overloading them could lead them to feel overwhelmed. Ultimately, they’ll underperform when you introduce skills all at once. Vary the time scale, and let your best team members train them in particular skills.
Give ongoing feedback
To get the best out of your training, always provide ongoing feedback to your trainee. They’ll respond well to praise, and it will give them more confidence. Constructive feedback also helps them improve, and makes sure they get the most out of their training.
Give them some independence
Finally, don’t stand over them all the time and monitor their every move. Train them in the basics, and then give them some independence. Let them practice and explore their new skills in a real environment. Giving them this space will show that you trust them, and let them learn without the extra pressure. Trust us, you’ll get much more out of the training when you do this.
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