The environment in which an individual spends his or her formative years has a profound effect on his or her personality, one that will last him or her a lifetime. This is a widely-known and accepted fact. An individual who has spent his childhood in a violent or aggressive environment will have an aggressive or violent streak to his personality. On other hand, individuals who belong to a quiet, peaceful and secure environment turn out to be confident, secure and balanced adults.
Positive reinforcement is the process whereby desirable behavior is encouraged by presenting a reward at the time of occurrence of such behavior. Positive reinforcement is a tried and tested method in what is known in psychology as ‘operant’ conditioning. It is widely studied and used in behavior analysis.
Some of the advantages of using positive reinforcement are:
- It can be successfully used to increase the frequency of a wide range of behaviors (positive and negative).
- It can be used to produce new behaviors.
- It can be effectively used in the classroom to help students identify their strengths and to put them to optimum use to accomplish tasks allotted to them.
Positive communication is an important tool of positive reinforcement. Using positive communication helps build self-esteem which, in turn, is the basis of self-confidence and independence. At this point, it may be useful to know that individual’s self-esteem is greatly influenced by the quality of interaction and the kind of relationship they share at home and in the workplace.
Motivation is another factor that highly impacts the use of positive reinforcement. Motivation affects all aspects of living. Being positively motivated in life is essential for growth, success and the overall well-being of a person. It can also be successfully used for motivating people.
Timing is critical to achieve the best results by using positive reinforcement. The desired behavior needs to be rewarded immediately. A delay in rewarding the positive behavior will have no effect in reinforcing the desirable behavior since the time gap between the desirable behavior and recognition of the same can make or break the behavior.
Consistency is of utmost importance. A particular behavior which may be considered positive or desirable and which has been rewarded should stay in that category. Something that is considered “good” behavior today should not be labeled otherwise tomorrow. Such inconsistency can be counterproductive, lead to confusion in the child’s mind and indecisiveness about acceptable behavior in future.
If implemented properly, positive reinforcement is a simple technique that can help you change an individual’s behavior around – usually very quickly.
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As we know, every organization follows a set of rules and regulations. Employees need to be trained on those rules and regulations to have a basic knowledge of their standards toward the organization and customers. And, they have a clear understanding of what they can do and what they cannot. So, organizations may not be at risk when their employees know about their legal duties.
E-learning is a cost-effective and an easy way to train employees, when compared to the traditional methods of teaching. So, most of the organizationsare using eLearning to fulfill their training needs. The healthcare industry makes extensive use of the online training medium.
Training managers put a lot of effort while rolling out an eLearning project, as it involves many complex tasks.
As an eLearning professional, I often work with many training managers and admire their managerial skills. It involves a lot of work like training needs analysis, collecting content, dealing with Subject-matter Experts (SMEs) and developing the course for the stakeholders and learners.
Every organization needs to use their resources well to meet business goals and enhance productivity. As we know, the pharmaceutical sector is highly regulated and non-compliance to applicable laws and regulatory norms could be costly. So, you have to train your employees about rules, regulations, standards and recommended guidelines to avoid mistakes.
In my last blog, we have seen how E-learning, webinars and Mobile apps can be used to impart product training. In this blog, we will look at some more methods.
E-learning is the continuous process of learning through electronic media. Instructional design is a systematic process of learning, and this learning facilitates achievement of the intended goals. Many think that instructional design is all about using technology, but this is not the case.
“A major challenge we face today, therefore, is to create a desire in people to learn; and to foster and facilitate this desire throughout their lives.”
- Bryn Holmes(Author, eLearning Concepts and Practice, 2006)
One of the most important factors for organizations to succeed in today’s competitive landscape is the speedy launch of new products. The time-to-market of new products is critical to survive and succeed. Furthermore, the life cycles of most products are getting shorter due to rapid advances in technology.
On the other hand, if your sales employees are not rightly trained on your products, they will not deliver the right message to your potential prospects making it a competitor’s gain.
We all have a child in ourselves, energetic, fun loving and having zeal to explore and win games. In this state, we learn the best because our emotional state is very positive and retention of learning will be at the peak.
How do we bring out the kid in ourselves, while learning a new skill or acquiring knowledge?
Introducing new processes and software applications can be quite a daunting task. Employees are not receptive to change and teaching all the details and minute steps can be time consuming. Conducting classroom sessions might not be a very beneficial solution. Learners will need to set aside time from their busy schedules, and often, this might not be feasible. The limited number of facilitators will also slow down the learning process. Facilitators will also need to travel extensively to teach learners spread all across the globe. All these arrangements take up considerable efforts, time and financial resources.