How do I get my employees interested in training?
by Bob George
That is one of the questions I am most often asked. Many employers are
happy to provide training for their employees but they just can't get the
employees interested. Follow these 10 steps and your employees will be
asking for more classes.
1. Market training to your
employees. Promote your training programs with colorful posters,
flyers and announcements stuffed in paycheck envelopes. Sell education and link
it to professional advancement at every opportunity.
2. Provide high quality training.
Instructors must be well prepared and well rehearsed. Plan carefully for
class activities. Provide colorful and useful handouts. Your
training should be exciting and filled with energy. The subject matter
should be focused and useful to the students.
3. Pay attention to all the
little details. Make sure the training room is big enough so that
students are not crowded. Provide comfortable seating. Make sure everything is
clean and bright. Quality is in the details!
4. Create a non threatening
environment. It is best to hold training away from the work place if
possible. Focus on the subject being taught rather than company profits.
5. Make training fun,
or at least enjoyable. You can add fun to your training by designing activities,
competitions and discussions that keep the student occupied and interested. All
activities, competitions and discussions should be focused on achieving specific
6. Accept your students as they
are and expect improvement. Take off your bosses hat and put on the
teachers hat. Never tell a student that they should already know something.
Teach them what they need to know and congratulate them on their
7. Recognize accomplishments at
every opportunity. Employees who complete a training program should
receive tangible evidence and public recognition of their achievements.
8. Make your students feel
special. Provide good quality food and snacks. Answer
questions thoroughly and directly. While in the training room treat them
like students not employees.
9. Stress the value of
training and education. Consider completed training programs
when promoting employees. Discuss how specific training will help
individual employees achieve their career and professional goals.
10. Create a training program that
is useful for the employees. If they sense that the training is
only focused on creating company profits rather than teaching them useful skills
they will be less interested in attending classes. Good training should be
useful for everyone. The employer will benefit from good training and the
employee will attain marketable skills.
Realize that good training is part of a long term strategy. Successful
training consists of a cohesive training program, not just a class here and
there that are responses to specific problems.