Companies are progressively serious about the critical issue of employee training. Recent research found that organizations are typically spending $1,004 per employee on training and development. Records also show that companies spend more when the training program is better established, averaging $1,317 per employee.

Are companies reaping a fruitful ROI with their efforts on spending more toward their employee training programs? Spending more money on training programs is not the solution by itself. What is important is the quality of training that produces committed employees and increased productivity.

Listed below are four strategies that professional training specialists can utilize to improve the quality of employee training:

1. MAKE THE TRAINING INTERACTIVE

Learning shouldn’t be limited to an “I talk, you listen” approach. Employees tune out the training and become less interested in their jobs when they feel they are constantly being preached to. Training experts recognize the importance of interactive training. Some options for this type of training may include visual presentations, interactive video courses, online assessments, hands-on instruction and letting the workers ask their questions and allow them to contribute their insights into the process. Employees are not just passive learners: they are active participants with an interest and valuable opinions.

2. USE MORE PODCASTS, VIDEOS AND OTHER NON-PRINTED MEDIA FOR TRAINING

For decades, training programs have constantly relied on textual education materials — especially printed content. Today, printed materials aren’t effective anymore, particularly with the millennial workforce.

Videos and audio training materials produce better results with younger employees. It appears to work well with older workers, too. Videos are particularly potent as proven by many studies. Research shows that people can better remember and internalize learning when associated with graphic images than with printed text. Using this concept in employee training programs will produce more workers that use their learned skills immediately.

3. THE USE OF CYNAMIC DELIVERY SYSTEMS

Another downside of using printed training material is the means of delivery. Do workers prefer to have a thick manual like a college textbook or a 2-inch binder that doesn’t fit inside a backpack? Do you think employees will open these materials and read them?

Use mobile solutions in distributing employee training materials. Put them in tablets like the iPad, which are less intimidating. Millennials will definitely like to learn using these gadgets. Access to the training material becomes easier and more interesting. This can increase employee engagement and learning.

4. TAKE A DIRECT AND PRACTICAL LEARNING APPROACH

Take employee training to another level by incorporating practical applications in the learning processes. For example: an apprentice chef may not easily learn how to concoct a new recipe by reading a book, but by watching how to prepare a special dish on an iPad that he takes with him into the kitchen. To facilitate his learning, he can pause and rewind the video at will in order to fully understand the process. The chef-to-be gets a better learning experience through this method and he is able to master the process more quickly.

What are your most effective strategies in your employee training programs?

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