To gain the most from training programs, organisations must plan, organise and implement them in such a way that both the employees’ and the organisation’s expectations are fulfilled. A training program is aimed towards growth, but the shortest and the most powerful method of achieving growth is by motivating employees towards self-improvement. Before training employees, organisations must use certain strategies to guide employees towards self-learning. Some of them are discussed below.
Identifying the Right Employees for the Right Training
Employees that have an interest in the subject matter of the training gain the most out of it. Others need to be motivated by telling them about the various short-term and long-term benefits of the training program for them. Having an achievable goal that will provide benefits in the near future is a motivating factor that works brilliantly.
Another way to encourage employees to get motivated for training is by creating small or large groups based on common characteristics, personality types or goals.
Organisations that have professionally trained mentors enjoy a more productive, positive and healthy work environment. Employees that are committed to the organisation are more willing to constantly improve themselves to achieve goals. Effective coaching and mentoring is essential to engage employees in constant self-improvement where they themselves are eager to learn and grow as individuals, as a team, and as a part of the organisation.
Planning of expenditures, including that of time, money and effort, must be done to manage resources better. Identifying the resources that will need to be used and for how long, estimating the cost of training, and identifying the outcomes of training helps in successful management. Using the right resources at the right time helps in reducing waste, and quicker and smoother achievement of goals.
Coordinating and Involving Employees
Involving employees in the management of tasks inculcates and improves team spirit and commitment to the organisation. Before selecting employees for training, the management must consider their choices and wishes so that they feel in control and a part of the process. Motivating employees for training includes making efforts to make them feel valued. It enhances their performance, and their desire to learn and adapt according to the organisation’s needs.
Delegating tasks to employees and informing them about the process and its outcome helps them to better understand their role.
Make it fun
Training needs to be fun and entertaining to be the most effective. It de-stresses employees and helps them to retain the knowledge better. A fun, activity-based training course allows employees to interact, collaborate, and adapt to learn and fulfil tasks. Apart from the obvious outcomes of a training program, it also helps them to become more resourceful, receptive to learning, and committed to the organisation.
The benefits of effective planning and implementation of training for companies is seen in reduced costs and enhanced quality of the workforce, which ultimately leads to better productivity at reduced costs.