Finding the right training program for employees can be a challenging task. You know that the employees are experiencing a learning gap in a specific subject area or skill, but you are not sure how best to address this gap. Your first step is to look for a training program that can be customized for you. Custom programs help you fill in the gaps by tailoring the content to the specific needs of the group and the priorities of the organization. But what else should you look for? Here are three more factors to take into consideration for an employee training program:
1. Diversity Of Perspective
A training program should offer employees exposure to a variety of ideas and perspectives that they may not encounter in their positions. As your workforce evolves, the ability of employees to work with diverse groups and individuals is of great importance. In addition, providing employees with the opportunity to hear from experts and practitioners with outside perspectives helps spark employees’ curiosity and continued interest in learning.
2. Focus On Real-World Application
A training program should include theory as well as hands-on, practical exercises. Experiential learning through case studies, small-group activities, and interactions with practicing professionals can help ensure that what is taught in the classroom can be successfully executed in the workplace. Having employees navigate hypothetical but realistic scenarios is often a great way to bridge the gap between the classroom and the workplace.
3. Emphasis On Collaboration
A training program should engage employees on a personal level and help them develop skills like collaboration that they can use beyond the workplace. Structured in-class discussion and activities can create opportunities for employee collaboration post-program. In addition, group learning experiences set a new baseline for performance expectations and even new shared vocabulary for work conversations.
Employee training programs can allow employees to better understand their industry landscape and serve as an opportunity to help employees work more effectively with stakeholders. Whatever the area of development may be, taking into consideration customization, diversity of perspective, real-world application, and collaboration can help you find a training program that employees continuously refer back to while moving your organization forward.
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