Avoid Wasting Time on Unnecessary Employee Training with These Six Steps

Let’s face it; employee training can be a tedious and taxing process. Today’s employees are very busy and often overwhelmed, so it can be tough to carve out enough time for training. So, if they are making an effort, ensure they are not wasting their time. Don’t make your team spend hours of their day on training that isn’t relevant to them. Maximize everyone’s efforts by incorporating these six tips into your team training strategy. Reinforce the benefits. Ensure your employees know the value and benefits of employee training courses. Explaining what’s in it for them and how it impacts their future, helps motivate and keep them engaged. If they know that the classes encourage workplace development, improve skills, and make them more desirable employees, they are more likely to put forth the maximum effort. Provide small increments of information at a time. Too much detailed information at one time will cause employees to become overwhelmed, and they will quickly lose interest. To keep your team fully engaged, break the news down into small, manageable portions. Make sure it can be accessed outside of the office. Most employees will not want to waste precious hours worrying about training. Create a training system that is easily accessed on the go. This way, employees with initiative can work on their training sessions while sitting at soccer practice or during their morning commute, rather than compromising their workload. Utilize quizzes. In a study done by Harvard researchers, students who were quizzed took more notes and reported that their minds wandered less. Another finding showed that students who were tested after each segment...

6 Reasons Why Tracking Employee Training is Essential

Employee training is essential to running a profitable company. However, it does little good to train your employees if you aren’t keeping track of their progress. Administrators need to know what courses their employees have finished, how they did, and how many hours of training they have received. In most industries, keeping accurate records is legally required. So not only is it valuable to keep these records – it’s mandatory. With quality training tracking software, like Conductor Orchestrating Training, you can record everything from compliance training to tracking certifications, while also managing onboarding effortlessly and accurately. Below are six reasons why tracking employee training is essential for your business. For onboarding new employees. Most employee training happens during the new hire process. Quality tracking software helps to ensure you are putting your new employees on a successful path. With proper training, they are getting crucial information to help them flourish in their position. They are being appropriately trained and equipped with the tools they’ll need to move forward in their career. With a systematic training tracking program, you can create a consistent checklist to keep you and your employees on task. For safety and compliance. Well-trained employees improve company processes and reduce safety risks. Completed training and organized records will minimize your company’s obligation in case of a mishap. Proper documentation verifies that you are doing everything you can to stay compliant and keep your staff suitably trained. To earn certifications. Continued education is required within many fields; it keeps employees up to date on new technologies, safety procedures, and essential skills within the industry. Accurately tracking employee’s continuing...

Workplace Gratitude

It’s the season of giving thanks, but that doesn’t have to apply only at home or among close friends. At work, we sometimes find ourselves getting burned out or feeling unappreciated by the year’s end. And with a series of holidays, vacation time, and other engagements, it can get difficult for employers and managers to stay in touch with the rest of the team. It’s well worth it to find time to thank your employees and show them just how grateful you are for all their hard work. Not only does it boost company morale, but you’ll find that professionals who feel appreciated are often more motivated to complete their tasks in an efficient and timely manner. So what’s good for them is good for you – and your business! Free food No matter the profession or industry, there are few people who will turn down free food – especially when it’s on the boss’s or company’s tab. The holidays present the perfect opportunity to bring in-office lunches or breakfast treats to the workplace to say thanks. Or, you can ditch the theme altogether and leave some donuts or snacks in the breakroom anyway. There doesn’t need to be an occasion for you to thank the staff, or for enjoying some scrumptious eats. Team outings Depending on how tightly-knit your staff is, a team outing might be just what your employees need to feel appreciated. By organizing a dinner out, a bowling night, laser tag – whatever you think they’d enjoy, and that your budget will allow – you’re showing your employees that you think they deserve a break...

Effective Refreshers for Employee Training

Everyone learns differently. Some just need to hear information to absorb it, while others require a visual aid or written notes. In any case, your employees will all adopt their own strategies during training sessions. But what about when a month or two passes between courses and you want to hold a random refresher, just to keep everyone on the same page and the business running smoothly? Finding some method that will be beneficial and appealing for everyone in the workplace can be difficult, but your employee training and tracking experts at Conductor have a few ideas to get you started. Game day While you might not normally think of using games as a learning exercise in the office, they can actually be quite effective in helping your employees hang onto vital information passed on during training sessions. A few great options for jogging someone’s memory include group crossword puzzles, hangman, or hosting a trivia challenge. You can even come up with a matching game using simple materials like Post-it notes as your cards. Another way to reinforce key concepts from training using a game is to have your employees do the legwork and come up with the activity themselves. Not only will they be participating, but they’ll have to know the correct answers and details in order to create a game that actually serves its purpose. As long as it helps keep your employees at the top of their game, a little play at work never hurt. Cheat sheets If you don’t have the time to organize a game or two, you can always craft a cheat sheet...

Training Employees in Between Summer Vacations

Summertime is usually an employee favorite for time off and vacations, either with the family or as part of a retreat all to one’s self. And if your business is the kind to offer flexible leave time, then your employees are bound to appreciate being able to tailor their season with vacations that best suit them and their schedules! But there’s always that lull that occurs when someone returns from a long trip, or even just a week away from the office; it can be a real struggle to return to the grind of a normal work day, let alone any kind of training you already had scheduled over the summer. So how can you help keep them on track if they’ve got multiple vacations planned throughout the season? Offer refreshers It might sound somewhat tedious in the abstract, but sometimes all you need is a quick jolt to your memory and you have what you need to keep learning something new. When your employee comes back from a vacation, and it’s time to dive back into training modules, give a quick refresher before you begin. This could be verbal, or you could even send a quick email for him or her to review alone. Either way, it just needs to jog your employee’s memory enough to add on the next lesson or skill training. Encourage detailed notes While we understand all too well how hard it can be to focus when a vacation is looming on the horizon, we suggest encouraging diligent note-taking during training sessions before an employee takes time off. That way, he or she knows...

How to hire and train recent college grads

It’s that time of year when students finishing up their senior year in college are creating their first professional resumes and considering what life outside the classroom might hold for them. You might think there’s too much uncertainty in hiring someone without any work experience, but these recent grads can actually be great additions to your staff. For one thing, if they obtained a degree relevant to your industry, their skillset and knowledge reflects the very latest advances in the field. But to get the most out of your hire, keep these tips in mind. Consider both hard and soft skills If you are hiring in an industry that is constantly changing, like technology or medicine, you will likely be impressed by the cutting-edge hard skills listed on the resume of a recent college graduate. But regardless of the industry, transitioning from using those skills in a classroom to implementing them in the real world is challenging. You want someone who is willing and eager to learn, change and adapt to fit the specific needs of your company. You can glean some of these soft skills during the interview by asking how they would respond to hypothetical scenarios. Implement a structured internship program First, consider bringing recent graduates onto your staff without hiring them full-time. Accepting interns is a great way to do this, but make sure your internship program is structured. Set the expectations of the internship at the outset. Define the internship’s length, hourly compensation, and weekly hours. Also create expectations for what happens when the internship is over. If the intern seems like a good fit...