Trainings are a serious investment and just like every investment, you need to maximize its potential. Molding your employees into a highly capable workforce can bring your business an increase in productivity and profitability – only if you play your cards right. The real business value of training and development is revealed only when the training departments are able to help people do their job better.
Learn how you can make the most out of your training experience with these guidelines:
Focus on your people’s strengths, not weaknesses.
Training departments and managers already know the importance of topic relevance and training method in sending employees to seminars or workshops. What most don’t take account of are their employees’ strong suits.
According to Gallup, developing employees’ strengths is far more effective than improving their weaknesses. Based on their research, they found out that enhancing skills your employees are already good at can lead to an improvement on their well-being and increase in employee engagement. Your employees’ developments, in turn, benefit your operations through higher productivity and performance, resulting to a more profitable business.
Settle work before the training begins.
Attending a training program means being away from work for a few days, or even weeks. If possible, accomplish all tasks beforehand so you won’t have anything to worry about on the day of the training. Contact clients and colleagues who will need your assistance and remind them that you won’t be available on the scheduled date/s. If you have appointments that cannot be cancelled, coordinate with others so they can help you out. This way, you are able to put your 100% focus on learning.
Course agendas are handed out early on for a reason. Read on the topics that will be tackled during the session and take note of items that confuse you. By going through the topics in advance, you get the opportunity to voice out your questions and concerns beforehand which your trainer may be able to cover and provide you with the right solutions.
You can only truly engage yourself when you are familiar with what the trainer is talking about. Refreshing your knowledge will also enable you to participate actively in discussions and exercises.
Hold post-training evaluations and integration planning.
Most companies fail to recognize the significance of post-training planning and evaluation. They simplify assessment to employees’ reactions towards the training conducted, but will this be enough to justify your investment?
Companies need to establish formal evaluation which includes employee insights on how they can apply what they learned to their work. They must also provide an avenue for application, wherein attendees develop a plan on how they can integrate new information and practices in current operations. This will ensure accountability on their part and a return of investment on yours.