It’s important for every business to make an investment in developing their employees. This can involve many different types of training. Some training is more effective in a formal setting, and other types of training are better in an informal atmosphere. It’s a challenge for a business to determine the most effective methods to utilize. What must be learned will have an impact on the training method. The knowledge level of employees is also a consideration. The tools available for successful employee development also influences training.
According to an article in Training Magazine, “There are myriad performance support tools today to help your employees do their jobs better. The challenge is deciding which to choose.”
An old-fashioned training presentation method that’s still effective today is using a blackboard or whiteboard. Many trainers use these as a quick way to show answers to questions or ask for feedback and more. An overhead projector is also effective in many cases. This is a not as popular today as it was at one time. An overhead projector still permits the trainer to instantly customize a presentation. A presenter can even provide video to support their lectures. The most popular presentation method now is PowerPoint®. This enable trainers to provide the presentation on computers for the participants. Most successful training presentations use a combination of all the tools available.
Hand-On Training Methods
Cross training will enable an employee to perform tasks for a different aspect of their job. This is a way for one employee to appreciate the work done by another. It also makes it easier for an employee to cover when another employee is absent from work. Demonstrations are a great way to get employees involved in material being presented. This is an effective way to show how to use new equipment or try a new process. This gives employees a chance to have their questions answered before being on their own. Coaching can help employees develop. When a more experienced employee spends time coaching someone with less experience, the results are usually very positive.
Training Through Computers
As technology develops, so does the use of training through computers. This can be as simple as responding to a series of texts, or as involved as visiting a computer training center. Some training can be provided with the use of a CD-ROM. This training does not depend on an internet connection. It is able to be conducted at any location. Training with a CD enables the presentation to provide very specific information. There are also online multimedia presentations. They can provide stunning graphics, as well as effective animation, video and more. A multimedia presentation can easily become very popular with participants. Training in virtual reality can provides an intense experience for some participants. It enables them to train with simulations that feel very real.
A blended training approach requires trainers to know the best ways to adapt training for each situation within a company. A hands-on approach might be appropriate for employees who are learning how to operate a new piece of equipment. An online presentation may be adequate for employees who will provide work to those operating the new equipment. People who travel may do better with CD-ROM training, they may not always have access to the internet. Blended training is an effective way to keep employee development current and successful.