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Training: match the method to the need

Training: match the method to the need

By on Mar 9, 2017 in Blog, Training and Development, Training and Development Consulting | 0 comments

It is very important when deciding what type of training session will be prepared or the media that will be used.  Here we present a few simple ideas that can enhance the training experience and increase retention levels. Although structured training is customarily developed on the organization level, it is up to you to determine what specific training needs are present in your department. Once determined, you can decide which training method will be most effective. Depending on the type of training you may be responsible for conducting, you may wish to use one or more of these methods to liven up your presentation: Music – creates an atmosphere of fun Games – keeps attendees energized Brainstorming sessions – brings a wide variety of ideas to the table Role plays – provides opportunities to practice Analogies – illustrates the relevance of the material Activities – keeps attendees engaged Color in visuals – maintains attendee interest Table toys – entertains during breaks Prizes – rewards attendees for contributing or winning contests Aside from the physical components of a fun training session, the trainer must be fun as well! Be as animated as possible, integrate your own sense of humor, and above all, be yourself! Based on the training needs that exist for your employees, your organization may have individual and group training programs and materials available to fit your training needs. Samples of possible individual training materials include training videos on various topics, workbooks to support the training videos, reference materials to help develop specific skills, and role playing materials/activities. Examples for group training could include department or company-wide training meetings or special project classroom training. To provide cost-effective employee training, consider which method is most appropriate to current training needs. As a manager, you may tailor training to satisfy your exact needs. Do you have questions on other training and development topics? Contact us and check out our blog for more helpful...

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Effective training methods

Effective training methods

By on Mar 7, 2017 in Blog, Training and Development, Training and Development Consulting | 0 comments

There are several methods that may be used to effectively train employees. These diverse methods include off-the-job training, on-the-job training, formal training, and informal training. Off-the-job training – usually conducted in the form of classroom training in a remote location. It may be a seminar, internet training, satellite-transmitted training, or group training with role playing and case studies. Off-site training is least disruptive to daily business, but is expensive and can cause short-staffing situations while employees are away from their locations. On-the-job training – may be conducted in the form of responsibility rotations, apprenticeships, special assignments, or mentoring. On-the-job training is “real world”, and may be disruptive to daily business; however, it is very cost-effective. Formal training – has a structured format and is usually planned in advance. Due to the inflexibility of the presentation, formal training is somewhat less popular, due to the related scheduling challenges. Informal training – unplanned, unstructured, and can be tailored to the attendees. Informal training frequently involved employees working with one another. Information and work-related issues are openly discussed. Informal training, including role playing and coaching, has the advantage of flexibility. It can be done whenever time permits and is very cost-effective. Make yourself aware of any training tools your organization may have available for their employees, such as online training modules, video-based training, or training booklets/manuals. These can be great tools to incorporate into the various training methods to ensure employees are receiving the training method they learn best from. Do you have questions on other training and development topics? Contact us and check out our blog for more helpful...

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Adult learning styles

Adult learning styles

By on Mar 1, 2017 in Blog, Training and Development, Training and Development Consulting | 0 comments

The way in which adult learners process and remember new information can vary. Whether formal or informal, the primary learning styles should be considered. The four styles are: Observation – finds the learner performing tasks after they have observed the complete task being performed by another employee. Role modeling is an example of this style of learning. The manager or an experienced employee demonstrates the proper way to complete a task, explaining throughout the demonstration. Participation – involves the learner from the beginning; they actually perform the new tasks with the supervision. Role playing is an example of this style learning. The employee participates in a scenario appropriate for the task being learned. The learner attempts to demonstrate proper behavior as they go through the steps required to complete a task. Listening – when the learner listens to an explanation of how the new tasks is to be performed. In addition, listening frequently occurs when a learner overhears another employee complete a task. Relying heavily on their sense of hearing, they process the information and physically perform the task afterward. Reading – involves the learner and some sort of printed material. Instructions are read, and then the task is performed upon completion of the materials. Effective training programs frequently use all styles to ensure each attendee will be provided with their own individual learning advantage. When a program is based on only on learning style, some attendees may be at a disadvantage. Do you have questions on adult learning principles or other training and development topics? Contact us and check out our blog for more helpful...

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Understanding adult learning principles

Understanding adult learning principles

By on Feb 27, 2017 in Blog, Training and Development, Training and Development Consulting | 0 comments

Having knowledge of how adults learn will assist you in becoming a better trainer. Although you may have preconceived notions about specific learners, most adults bring similar perceptions to a training session. The following statements are relevant to the adult learning process: Adults bring considerable experience with them – they wish to speak, participate, and contribute; they dislike lectures; they desire to maintain self-esteem. Adults have a “here-and-now” viewpoint – they want to focus on current issues, not so much on material that may be useful in the future. Adults are accustomed to being active – they become restless if their time is being wasted; they prefer to be involved in activities. Adults are accustomed to being self-directing – they want the instructor to provide involvement, rather than be too directive. For training to be effective, the training must acknowledge and accommodate certain principles when presenting to adult learners. To ensure success: Involve your attendees in the learning process and allowing them to talk about themselves, as appropriate, to apply the learning content. Allow trainees to learn by doing. Have trainees apply and practice learned skills in the learning environment. Help trainees draw their own conclusions. Avoid telling trainees all of the answers. Do you have questions on adult learning principles or other training and development topics? Contact us and check out our blog for more helpful...

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Changes to Ohio’s concealed carry provisions

Changes to Ohio’s concealed carry provisions

By on Feb 8, 2017 in Blog, Compliance, Safety | 0 comments

It may be time to revisit your concealed carry policies at your workplace. Back in late December 2016, Senate Bill 199 proposed amendments to Ohio law to expand the area so that an individual with a valid concealed handgun license can possess a firearm in a privately-owned vehicle while parked on company property. To ensure you are in compliance with these new provisions, consider the following guidelines for what is and is not permitted while on company property: With the proper signage, businesses and property owners in general can prohibit firearms within the workplace and on their property. However, they cannot prohibit an employee or guest with a valid concealed handgun license from transporting or storing a firearm and ammunition in his or her personal vehicle on the premises where the vehicle is permitted to be, such as a parking lot. If the individual is outside of the vehicle, the firearm and ammunition must be locked in a trunk, glove box, or other enclosed compartment within or on the vehicle. An employee may not possess a firearm or ammunition in a company-owned or company-leased vehicle where the employer prohibits such possession. Although businesses and property owners cannot prohibit a license holder from possessing or storing a firearm in his or her privately owned vehicle while parked on their premises, they can post a sign in a conspicuous location on the land or premises prohibiting people, including individuals with a valid concealed handgun license, from carrying firearms on or onto that land or in the premises. Provisions will go into effect on March 21, 2017, which means company policies and procedures will need to be updated to reflect these changes. Do you have questions about your concealed carry policies or other compliance areas?  If you need assistance with this or other human resource needs, contact us and check out our blog for more helpful...

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Completing the OSHA Form 300

Completing the OSHA Form 300

By on Feb 6, 2017 in Blog, Compliance, Safety | 0 comments

On February 1st of each year, most employers are required to have completed and posted the OSHA 300 Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses in their workplace.  The OSHA 300 Log remains posted through April 30th. The OSHA Form 300 Log is used to record work-related injuries and illnesses and classifies the extent and severity of each case.  This information is important for employers, workers and OSHA in evaluating the safety of a workplace, understanding industry hazards, and implementing worker protections to reduce and eliminate hazards. For your convenience, OSHA has also created a booklet to help you complete and maintain your OSHA Form 300.The booklet contains: An overview of recording work-related injuries and illnesses, which includes information on when an injury or illness is considered work-related, which work-related injuries and illnesses should you record, and any additional criteria. Definitions of terminology used within the form. How to classify illnesses. When you need to post the summary and for how long you need to keep it on file. How to calculate injury and illness incidence rates. Step-by-step instructions on filling out the log and summary. For complete information on completing the OSHA Form 300, visit the OSHA website for a comprehensive booklet with instructions on filling out the form. Do you have questions about the OSHA Form 300 or other compliance areas?  If you need assistance with this or other human resource needs, contact us and check out our blog for more helpful...

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