Having a solid employee training program is crucial to the start of an employee’s journey at a new company. Without proper training, employees may feel unprepared for a new job. Building a quality training program for employees can be challenging, but the rewards are well worth it. Here are a few ways to raise the bar with employee training programs.
1. Take a blended learning approach.
Many employers utilize the help of video or software training platforms for new hires, which can be very useful. However, employees often learn better and feel more connected to the company and role when there is an element of hands-on training as well. This is especially true for team members who will be using a specific software or equipment. If the new employee is fully remote, managers can provide virtual training sessions and be available to answer questions.
2. Consider training as a tool.
It’s important for employers to keep high expectations for employee training programs, and not just “check the box” when team members complete the training. Rather, training can be much more than a pre-work requirement and instead an ongoing tool. Employers should strive to build a training program in which employees keep learning as they progress. This starts with communicating clear expectations to employees when they enter training and continues with a regular evaluation of the training program.
3. Measure success.
To get the most from employee training, managers should establish clear ways to measure the program’s success. By using assessments and employee surveys, managers can identify their team members’ strengths and weaknesses after they complete training. Measuring employees’ learning is also important for determining the effectiveness of the training program. By asking employees what they learned, as well as what they want to learn, managers can better tailor their program to their employees’ needs.
4. Gear training towards professional development.
Providing opportunities for professional growth and leadership is one of the best ways to increase employee satisfaction. Employers should look beyond training during onboarding and offer opportunities for their workers to grow throughout their time at the company. Offering certifications or skills training for mid-career employees helps them feel empowered and can improve their performance. This practice can also help prepare employees for promotions within the company.
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