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Effective Employee Training Methods

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Good employee training methods can often mean the difference between a business being in the black and in the red. Companies around the world are learning that they can increase revenues, productivity and employee retention by using proper training. There are specific things you will need to do if you are in charge of creating effective employee training methods.AssessmentThe very first step in this process is assessment. Before you can train your employees, you need to know where that training is required, and how many need the training. Look at your safety, productivity and end goals to get an idea of what you want your employees to be doing and then assess each of them to determine how much training they will need. You may find that only one or two employees are in need of extra training or you may find it is a complete department.Cost AnalysisTraining is not free nor is it cheap and you can quickly run into large numbers with training modules. You want to compare the benefits of a training system to the increased potential revenues. Now, remember there is no way to guarantee profitability because you can train people all day long and it does not mean they will learn or implement the said training. Cost analysis can let you know up front however if you are going to be upside down on the cost versus profitability.Determine Training ContentIf you are not going to be creating the content yourself, you will have to purchase the materials or hire someone to create it for you. You want to be crystal clear about what you expect from this content and remember to request aids when appropriate. Once your content is complete, someone will have to deliver the training. If it is in an area you are proficient and you feel comfortable, by all means take the lead. On the other hand, many managers do not have the time or ability to effectively train and again you will be hiring outside the company. One thing you do not want in a trainer is someone who will lecture for hours. Training should be interesting and attention grabbing and a person standing talking at your employees for an hour or more is neither.MonitoringAfter the training is complete, you should keep an eye on progress and conduct random evaluations to determine how many employees are implementing what was learned. This will also give you a good indication of when you need to schedule another training session.ConclusionTraining is key to productivity, morale and quality. A good company should offer training for new employees as well as ongoing training when new methods, technology or approaches become viable. When you train people correctly in the beginning, you curtail the temptation to begin bad habits that are nearly impossible to break. Continuing the training boosts the morale of current employees and helps with retention. One important note: never conduct training when it is not necessary. Make sure that when your employees receive training, they have the opportunity to implement what they learn. Otherwise they can quickly become disillusioned and resistant to future training efforts.

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