Often, companies invest a lot of time, money, and effort in employee training and yet cannot get the desired results. Studies show that millennials prefer working for a company that offer consider training opportunities. Therefore, companies should have a system in place for training their employees.
It is also essential to keep revising your training systems. When you rent training rooms, consider whether they are distraction free. It also pays to invest in a good evaluation program at the end of the course. Read here about 5 common corporate training mistakes.
Overloading on information
Information overload is worse than no information at all. It gets difficult for existing employees to clear their schedules for intensive training spread over a number of days. This could force them to put in overtime and stress. Overtraining refers also to stuffing employees with irrelevant information.
Break your training down into smaller sessions and focus on one thing at a time. Instead of making employees cram information, train them to access it using manuals, databases, and checklists.
Providing irrelevant training
Not only can irrelevant training backfire, it can prove to be monotonous and uninspiring. Heed to the requirements of your employees and try multiple training pathways, including the auditory and visual modes. This the reason why training should also be conducted on-job.
Conduct an intensive analysis for training needs. You need to define the objectives of the program beforehand. Business objectives must be linked with employee behavior. This should be followed by an evaluation of trainable competencies and so on. Get the vendors to customize the course material for your specific requirements.
Inconvenient training facilities
Distractions or inconvenience during training sessions can dilute the lesson. Make sure when you rent training room that the provider offers data projector and smart boards for presentations. It should also have 24X7 internet connectivity if your course material requires it.
Sufficient electrical outlets and air conditioning for Singapore’s humid climate are a must. Proper restroom facilities and a coffee vending machine are indispensable to ensure comfort. Make sure your training room venue is easily accessible by public transport.
Getting the wrong people to train
When you rent classroom, make sure your trainer is as good. You can either get someone from inside the organization, with prior training experience, or hire a professional. You can also ask seniors from different departments to come up for different phases of training. Make sure such trainers are technology savvy.
An inexperienced or untrained instructor might not address the problems of the employees well. Good trainers need to have strong language skills and an outgoing personality.
Forgetting to follow up
Following up should be done after training, not only for clients but also for employees. This is because skills decay is a major roadblock to corporate training. It could be that some of your employees might have had unanswered questions at the end of the program. Assessment for skills decay should be done throughout the year. During the course of the program, offer both appreciation and constructive criticism. Conduct surveys on the effectiveness of the program. Periodic assignments are also crucial.