The value of offering quality training to employees is unquestionable. Сorporations that invest at least $1,500 per employee on training per year, enjoy a 24 percent higher profit margin. With that kind of return on investment, companies will love to continue investing in their employees that drive the organization to greater success.

Companies that take employee training seriously have lots of options available. Finding what works best for the individual employees is important, because the whole company benefits from the productivity increases, which that can lead to the bigger income as well as ROI.

What are the different approaches in training employees? Which is better? Some of these methods are mentioned below:

TRAINING MANUALS

Training manuals have been the stalwart of training and development approaches for ages. These provide the information the workers need to have with regard to their jobs.

Generally such manuals are available as preprinted volumes that are delivered to the local company. But sometimes they may come in thick updatable binders to be printed locally.

Both options require a lot of shelving to store the manuals. And both options have turned out to be inefficient for training since workers just don’t study as effectively when required to review even hundreds of pages that may take hours to absorb — if they are at all absorbed.

ONE-ON-ONE COACHING

This involves one employee, one co-worker or manager and direct coaching. This is often a successful training approach, typically employed in smaller businesses. In larger businesses, however, one- on-one training may not be feasible with every staff member, especially new hires. This approach demands a lot of time from managers or skilled co-workers. Drawing them away from their other duties may mean increased productivity for the trainee but also decreased productivity for the one who conducts the training.

LIVE CLASSES

This method involves one teacher and a number of workers sitting in one “classroom.” This method of training workers is an upgrade from using printed manuals but leaves much to be desired.

First of all: scheduling twelve or even more employees for sessions is difficult and draws them off the floor all at one time. Secondly: since one trainer is accountable for many students — and usually in a set time frame — there is less opportunity for individuals to ask questions (that is, if they aren’t hesitant to ask their questions at all). Live classes have their advantages, but there must be a strategic plan to make it effective.

MOBILE TRAINING

Mobile technology, for example smartphones and tablets, is changing the way businesses are training employees. Learning and training materials are published to devices and may be viewed at anytime that suits the worker. Managers are no longer drawn away from their responsibilities just to conduct “classes,” and there’s no need to organize group training sessions. If workers have any questions or suggestions, they may leave a comment using the software. And best of all: mobile training eliminates the need for printed manuals that don’t appeal to the younger employees.

LEARNING BY VIDEOS

Using videos for employee training is not new and it’s easier than ever with today’s technology. It used to be difficult to shoot videos because of the necessary sophisticated video camera and editing equipment. However, it is now very easy and less expensive. It can be performed using just an iPad.

Furthermore, employees can view videos on mobile devices — there is no need for TV’s or DVD players. Along with mobile-based technology, videos offer a strong solution to training employees with less effort.

What is you company’s preferred approach for training employees?

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