Maintaining a Culture of Learning

As a business leader, you know that workforce training can have a profound impact on the success of your company.  The more knowledge and skills your employees are able to absorb throughout the course of training, the faster you will be able to achieve your organizational and strategic goals.  In order for your employees to effectively absorb the information presented to them via training, business owners and leaders must make a conscious effort to maintain a productive training environment. 

 This includes taking the following steps:

The ideal training environment should be one that encourages uniformity of learning.  Certain training methods give specific advantages to one learning style over the other.  However, leaders and business owners will want to use multiple training options that can be accessed by different learners of all types and skill levels.  This diversity makes it possible for all employees to absorb your information. 
A training environment will also encourage consistency.  The training environment should always feel fresh, relevant, and enthusiastic.  Many times, day-long training programs fail to create this environment because employees become bored, tired, or burnt-out. 

 Therefore, to maintain an ideal training environment, leaders and owners must keep consistency in mind when designing and implementing the workforce training program.

An ideal training program encourages questions.

Leaders and business owners often find that it's in their best interest to create a kind of training environment where employees feel confident asking questions throughout the session.  If employees don't ask questions, you'll have no way of knowing how much, if any, information your workforce is internalizing.

A training environment should be one that gets your employees excited and motivated to tackle job responsibilities.  Try not to emphasize traditional lecture-style training programs.  Keep things interesting by incorporating multiple media platforms or hiring an inspirational speaker to excite your employees.  Remember, training is as much about emotionally preparing your employees as it is about disseminating knowledge. 

Finally, maintaining an ideal training environment is all about highlighting how valuable your employees are to your company's strategic and operational goals.  This type of training environment values the power of goals.

 It also allows employees to fit into the bigger picture of the business, in addition to providing them with tools and resources they need to improve their performance. As a whole, a productive, friendly, and open training environment makes for more active employees, and ultimately, a better business.

You can learn more in the ManagersBench curriculum.