Did you know that companies with engaged workers outperform those without by up to 202 percent?
Ensuring your employees are engaged is key to profitability, and with a growing generational shift in the U.S. workforce and a lower than average labor force participation rate, business owners need to break away from traditional training methods to effectively engage their workers.
There are a number of ways to train your employees, and each will present their own set of pros and cons. Highlighted below are three alternative methods you should consider to boost employee engagement and training success:
- Outside ‘coaches’: When internal training seems to dry up or lag behind, you can energize your workforce by consulting an outside business coach or even a traditional teacher for training. These methods bring in third party, expert perspectives and can help businesses generate new ideas and different thinking.
- Webinars: With a variety of these online presentations available, many of which are free, you can offer your staff specific training to keep them up to speed. Look for webinars from trusted professionals and make a team activity of participating to promote brainstorming sessions afterward.
- Role play: This technique can be especially effective for sales staff as it makes them deal with potential customer interactions, but in a safe environment. Set aside a day to train your sales staff for all eventualities by putting them in real-life simulations with actors. This can let them problem solve and hone their ability to act quickly. Observation from upper management will be needed to ensure the exercise is effective and not just a “fun-day.”
Understanding what training methods work best for your employees starts with understanding what methods work best for the tasks they’ll be performing. Implementing new methods of training can help prepare your workforce for success, but you’ll need to make sure that your methods are in line with your new hire’s skill set. By partnering with a staffing agency, like AtWork, you’ll be able to develop and communicate the best training methods to each new hire that walks through the door. If you’re ready to give these training methods a try, contact us today.