Employee Training, the Holiday Season, and You

The holiday season is upon us, and for those of you in any sort of management role, you know that it isn’t just about decorating the office, signing up for a pre-Thanksgiving potluck, or drawing a name for Secret Santa.

Here soon, the workplace is probably going to resemble a ghost town. The holidays tend to open a revolving door while everyone takes vacations with family or travels just to eat up the last of the year’s paid time off before it’s gone. And even when everyone is present and accounted for, focusing on the work gets harder and harder the closer we get to one of the major holidays coming up on the calendar.

So how can you help your employees and colleagues stay on top of training schedules, or even just the everyday to-dos at work in the meantime? Your professional experts at Conductor have a few tips for you to try out this holiday season.

Shake things up

It might seem counterintuitive to disrupt the usual routine when it’s already in jeopardy from employees taking advantage of PTO and holiday festivities, but now might actually be the perfect time to consider shaking things up around the office. If it doesn’t throw too much of a wrench in business for your clients or customers, you can always try staggering your employees’ training schedules. That way, if a vacation cuts in the middle of one person’s training program, you simply change things around and have him or her start that course after the holiday. Someone who plans to stick around and work can have that time to complete a training module instead.

If rearranging the schedule isn’t possible, or can’t be done without more headaches than it’s worth, give new reinforcement activities and techniques a shot! Even if there’s a gap between one module and the next, a quality retention method might be just what your employee needs to hold onto the first lesson over his or her vacation time. Everyone learns and remembers things differently, after all, so it doesn’t hurt to branch out and experiment with other learning styles besides what you’ve tried in the past.

Gifts all around

We know that the holidays are a time for gift-giving, so why not start with a few perks right there in the workplace? It’s no secret that positive reinforcement is a better way to learn than its opposite. Incentivizing your employees when they complete training modules ahead of schedule, or maybe even for beating a record for the highest score on a competency test. Whatever you decide, just make sure that the steps are easy enough to get done at work without interrupting your team’s progress but notable enough that they definitely warrant recognition.

It’s time to get into the holiday spirit! Learn more about adapting your training and tracking methods with Conductor.