It takes time to develop workplace productivity and there is more to it than simply talking to your employees about it. Often it is not the employees that are at fault. Sometimes a business or the management team do not provide enough of what they need to be productive. For your team to be productive and truly successful, the focus needs to be on team training.
1. Get the Right Materials
By providing manuals, books or pamphlets to complement training sessions, you allow them to reinforce what they learn. These materials can guide their expectations for the course as well as answer any questions that may be left open. An outside organization can supply the materials as they often specialize in training packages.
2. Training Needs Assessments
This is a necessity if you have never held a workplace training or if it has been years since the last one. Assessing the current training needs and available tools helps you identify strengths and weaknesses. This will allow you to develop a customized training package for your team. Training will be useless if you are not providing the most current and required information.
3. Board Room Blues
So many business owners make the mistake of spending too much time in meetings. The more time that is spent in meetings, the less time there is for productivity. The constant interruption of being pulled into a meeting disrupts the natural workflow and your employees can lose focus. Unless a meeting is absolutely necessary, you are better off staying away from the boardroom.
4. Training Day Tactics
Once your training program is planned and you have all your materials, the next step is to begin the training. There are a few key things to remember to ensure the day goes smoothly and successfully.
- Make the learning fun and interesting. Don’t just read a manual. Instead, choose to find more interactive hands-on methods and switch up the pace to get your employees involved.
- Don’t be too serious and use some humour every now and then because you want to keep your employees interested. A bored employee will mentally check out and nothing will get learned.
- Encourage questions. The more they ask, the more involved and interested they are.
- Make sure the training room is comfortable. This means chairs, tables, and extra supplies. Additionally, make sure you have proper lighting, an appropriate temperature and some snacks or beverages to keep them alert.
- Consider hiring a professional to run the training session. Remember that they have experience and confidence when it comes to delivering material and keeping people engaged.
5. Additional Learning
Outside of a training session at work, you can support additional courses held outside of work. This allows your employees to develop new skills and develop new interests, making them more well-rounded. Not only do they better themselves, but the increased productivity that results will benefit you.
You want to make sure that the training was successful and monitor productivity going forward. Follow up with your employees on assignments and encourage them to continue their efforts. You need to recognize their hard work and provide regular feedback, both positive and negative. Your employees need to be held accountable for their roles and tasks otherwise there will be no drive to keep moving forward.
Workplace training provides positivity and allows your employees to feel empowered. A happy and empowered employee will certainly succeed, meeting their goals and yours.