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Using training and development to continuously motivate staff

Motivating staff is one thing, but keeping them motivated is one of the most important things any employer can do for the company.

A sure way to keep your staff motivated is to provide them with a variety of quality training and development opportunities.

Whether you are hiring a new employee or introducing a new concept into the workplace, training is a fundamental necessity.

Furthermore, developing a comprehensive, consistent and ongoing program as a basis for employee training is critical.

Keeping staff motivated through quality employee training will ultimately result in a successful and profitable enterprise.

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Crucial components of employee training programs

As mentioned above, there are different types of training programs for employees, including new employee training, on the job training as well as continuing education.

New employee training

Training programs for new employees should provide the employee with an overview of the performance skills and job expectations required to carry out the job functions.

This training serves to provide the new employee with a comprehensive understanding of his or her new position as well as how this position fits into the structure of the organisation.

On the job training

On the job training also known as side-by-side training is when a new employee is trained alongside an existing employee.

This is one of the few methods of employee training which provides newly hired staff with first-hand practical experience relating to their position.

It also allows the opportunity to develop a healthy working relationship with an existing associate.

Continuing education

With continuing education, one person within each department is assigned the responsibility of undergoing training.

In doing so, the employee is able to convey important messages relating to current happenings such as changes in policies, procedures and technology to other staff members.

Continuous education serves to enhance both personal developments as well as practical skills related to their position, which allows the employee to develop strong management skills.

Combining personal development with technical training

The initial assessment process allows you to identify any skills that your employee may need to focus on developing.

It’s at this point where you will develop a corresponding training session focused on the skill which needs enhancing.

During the training session, give the employee a few simple practical tasks directly related to the focus skill and allow them to present their work to the group.

The group can then provide feedback on areas where the employee can improve as well as aspects which were positive.

Another method of ongoing training and education is allowing an employee to become affiliated with an association or group within the relative industry.

This allows staff members from different areas to come together to discuss any issues they may be experiencing within their business and industry.

Practical knowledge is gained through hearing about ways in which others have effectively handled similar situations.

This information can be carried over into various business operations, resulting in many positive outcomes such as problem solving and conflict resolution.

Motivating staff through effective training breeds success

The most effective type of training is one which is tailor made to suite your employee’s needs. There are numerous ways which can assist you in discovering exactly what their needs are.

Employers can do a random sample of staff performance plans while looking for consistencies in needed areas of development.

Another way is to simply ask employees what skills they personally wish to develop. This will give you a more accurate idea of what needs to be focused on when designing a training program.

When developing a training program, it’s important to focus on the original concept only. Should more than one concept be considered during the development process, create two separate workshops – one for each concept.

Furthermore, keeping your training sessions under two hours will ensure that your employees stay focused and actually absorb the information being presented.

Studies show that people begin to lose interest after two hours. Another way to keep attendees engaged is to have at least one or two fun but relevant activities throughout the session.

Sometimes a formal training session is not necessary

In cases where the concept you are introducing is considered common knowledge, simply creating an employee training alert will be sufficient.

A training alert is an effective means to communicate concepts considered as common knowledge or new or updated job information. Training alerts also serve to reinforce these concepts.

Training alerts can be distributed via email or printed and put on notice boards where applicable.

Don’t stop training

Studies show that people are more inclined to remember what they are taught in a fun learning environment compared to a forced and serious learning environment.

Have regular training sessions which are light-hearted yet informative. This can be done while effectively communicating ideas and keeping your staff interested and motivated to learn more.

Additionally, encourage your staff to go out and learn what they are interested in learning. There is an abundance of information on the internet and in libraries.

Let them know that willingness to learn can pave the way to great success.

Ukomelela – Human Resources Consulting in Pretoria

We believe in motivating staff by providing effective, fun and informative training. Ukomelela provides human resource consulting to all companies in South Africa.

For more information about our human resource solutions, contact us.


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