Workplace training is a must as it boosts not only the performance of an individual but also that of the organization. Though you may hire skilled employees, workplace training cannot guarantee you better performance unless you train your staff to suit your work processes and culture. This makes their transition to the new work environment smooth, hassle-free and productive. Remember, a productive employee can stick to the Company for much longer.
However, a training program sans proper analysis of the needs and a process in which to conduct the training can either increase costs or confuse the trainees regarding the relevance of the program and their work requirements. Here are a few steps that can help you make your training program effective:
Structure the Training Program: On any given day, a structured “on-the-job” training program is better than an unstructured one because the former will have specific objectives, schedule and methods to impart the necessary job skills.
Demonstrate the Task or Skills to be Mastered: Once you communicate the job skills to the trainees, demonstrate the task while explaining to them the job goals, skills and methods. This will give them an idea about the nature of the work as well as its organization.
Emphasize the Important Points: After explaining all aspects of the task, reiterate the important ones. This will enable the trainees to recap the important aspects and make a strong impression on their minds. Also, ensure that they have understood the components of the task by conducting a question and answer session.
Ask Trainees to do the Easy Parts First: Divide the task into easy and difficult components and ask your trainees to attempt the easy ones first. Once you know that they have done the easy parts accurately, give them difficult ones. This is because “Success Breeds Success.” When the trainees realize they are getting into the rhythm of the task, they will be enthused to get into the role and try difficult ones. If you find them doing things with ease, it proves that you’re doing a great job.
Monitor Trainees while Performing the Whole Task: When the trainees are done with all the components of the task, make them do the whole task. Monitor and correct them whenever they go wrong.
Let Trainees do the Task on their Own and Evaluate: This is the final stage where the trainees are asked to do the task in your absence. You leave the task to them entirely and evaluate their performance once they finish.
With these steps, you can make your training program result-oriented and get the desired behavior among your employees.
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