Everyone knows training helps your company for several reasons. First it is an investment in your employees, your longevity and to your future. Sometime we train employees so in time they grow into a higher position. Others may need technical or operational training. Is training a value? Absolutely it is. What about the method?
Methods of training are evolving today. Traditional instructor driven classroom type training is being pressured by online 24/7 access via almost anywhere training. Webinars allow us to provide training and not even remove our slippers. Questions are handled by side chat or email. DVD’s are popular and let’s not forget the internet. Yes some companies are moving to specific online resources for all of their training needs. So with all of this available what is the best method?
Well a number of factors should be considered. Your industry, your students, the amount of knowledge the students have, is this an introduction to the subject matter or continuous education? Etc. Etc Etc. Keep asking these questions and in the end I suspect your answer will be close to a combination of all the methods including practical examples. The important thing is to ensure you actually provide the training, keep track and schedule updates at regular intervals. Every read a book a second of third time and learn something new? Same goes for some subject matters. First time we learn the subject, then we learn some specifics and over time we retain. Hey sometimes we need to hear something several times for us to actually hear it.
Last companies need to walk the walk not just talk the talk. Once you’ve provided the training add some drills and follow up to ensure everyone learned what was taught. It goes a long way to ensure your method(s) of choice are working and you may just learn of an adjustment or addition to the program.