Employees often need some extra training to perform their jobs well. Even with training programs in place, employees will need occasional reminders of how to perform a task. I have a few tips to make your next training session more beneficial for all involved.

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Written by HeatherStone
202 days ago

Hi Cecil,

Is it your impression that many businesses -- or even most -- seem to spend way too little time on training? If your answer is yes, do you think it's because they are unaware of how much lack of efficiency will cost them in the long run? Or is it that they've calculated that the cost of training properly is greater than just giving a brief overview and letting employees learn by failing on the job? Also, to what degree do you think it is important to take people's individual learning styles into account while doing training?

Written by cecilwampler
201 days ago

Hi Heather,

You ask some very good questions. It is tough to say why some businesses have chosen the training and development routes they have taken. Depending on the type and size of the business and the job position, businesses generally have excellent selection and placement systems in place to hire and lure the very best people in the market to their organizations or they have invested in outstanding training programs and have chosen to develop their own great employees. Both of these choices have costs and benefits to consider. I would love to hear from some business owners here on bizsugar and get their thought process on their training programs they have in place.

Regardless of the size of the business, I hope no one has elected to allow their employees to learn by failing. I have written in the past about the value of allowing people to fail, but failing while trying and failing because your incompetent at your job is two different things.

The training program should be created with consideration to the learning styles of the audience which will be using the program. Fast food jobs which employ a number of young people may use videos to train, high tech jobs use computer based training and industrial-type jobs may use some form of onsite training or apprentice training.

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