Investment in training may be wasted if it doesn’t resonate with employees and have a lasting impact. However, it can be challenging to engage people in training activities, especially when they are already feeling overworked and short on time. Here are four ways to ensure your training is relatable and effective:
· Review the relevance of your training programs/materials. Are you using cutting-edge technology and information? Are the program objectives still relevant? Are there missing pieces or gaps you need to fill?
· Consider role-playing. Studies show that hands-on training results in learning that lasts over time. Make these efforts as realistic as possible and relate them to special concerns employees have.
· Leverage the impact of personal experiences. Encourage trainers to share real-life stories related to the information they’re sharing. These should be familiar and relatable, set the stage for a problem or conflict, describe a training principle, and demonstrate how the information can be used to ensure a positive outcome.
· Bring in guest speakers such as organizational leaders, practitioners, consultants, and other stakeholders who can make learning real for employees.