Five employee training techniques to boost productivity

Employees are the most-valuable assets of every company and the best way to advance their growth and retain talent is to provide them with adequate training and learning opportunities. Organisations today are aware on the importance of relevant training programs to keep the workforce engaged, thus they are inviting subject matter experts, providing supportive networking tools and platforms to encourage employee development.

While some organisations still observe reluctance to invest and allocate a sum of their budgets towards employee training programs, there are other global majors who continue to invest heavily into training programs to boost productivity and business performance. They are of the belief that employee skill upgradation to meet the increasing business demands will not only contribute to increased profitability but will also help derive maximum RoI (Return on Investments).

Training motivates and empower employees to perform their duties with clarity of thought, complete confidence and minimal supervision, while boosting their self-esteem and morale to scale new heights of success in their careers.

Here are the chosen five employee training techniques suggested to suit organisations of every size, irrespective of their scale and industry of operations:

  • Classroom/Instructor-Led Training Programmes

Classroom-led training program is generally considered as the old-school method of training employees to upgrade their competencies and be the best in their job roles. While many companies still prefer sticking to the old-school traditional ways, there are some others who are stepping up to change and implementing blended training approaches to groom candidates. One of the crucial advantage of classroom-led training program is the trainees can interact directly with their mentors, share and exchange ideas, hold Q&A sessions to comprehend things in a better light.

  • Hands-on Training Technique

This training technique provides direct coaching for employees to execute specific job roles or procedures. Managers and supervisors act as coaches and directly lead the training process from the start.

During the process, the mentors can ask employees to practice the desired operational skills and offer hands-on mentoring as needed. This training program is proved to be quite effective, especially for skilled job roles, wherein one-on-one employee training is much needed to master a specific operational skill or understand a procedure.

  • Interactive Training Technique

This training combines two or more group discussions to share information and knowledge. Open communication is allowed, and experienced knowledgeable professionals pass on their learnings to new employees.

This training technique supports demonstration to best-describe some steps or stages of certain procedures and technical operations to employees. Quiz, Q&A sessions and active summarisation of the employee training objective, makes this training program effective, fun, interactive and enjoyable.

  • E-learning Training Technique

As Internet becomes more accessible, many companies prefer to use e-learning training techniques for employees. There is no dearth of online training opportunities available and accessible to all. Employers thus seek to derive utmost advantage of this avenue, by helping employees register for suitable training programs and webinars. This saves on investment costs into conducting training programs as well.

  • Computer-Based Training

Computer-based training programs are conducted using helpful aids such as data shared on compact disks in audio, video, graphics and animation format to help audio-visual learners comprehend workings better. There are other 3D materials also available to make the training program more effective, and less expensive for businesses. Employees further enjoy the flexibility to get trained right at the convenience of their homes or at their offices.

Considering the scope of your business and the need for employee training in your organisation, you can pick and choose one or all of the above listed, integrate them into your workings using different formats for better comprehension and enhanced learning experience for all  employees.

This article first appeared on HR in Asia.

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