Five tips to boost the productivity of your learners

by Brett Henebery27 Apr 2017
All managers strive towards a high-performing workplace, but intervening factors such as absenteeism and low morale means this is not always achievable.

Below, Wakas Javad – training manager at Webspeed UK – shares some tips to ensure you’re training your learners for the best possible productivity.

“It’s absolutely necessary for employees in all work settings, including a web design company, to have more than wages to entice them to work productively,” Javad explains.

He points out that it may be necessary to offer additional reasons for producing quality results.

The list could include:

Improved communication: Clear, accurate information from managers and supervisors to employees is more than important in improving productivity, it’s essential. The first effect of this clarity is reduction of errors. Fewer errors mean, of course, positive results in the same amount of time or less. Start during training and continue this on a daily basis.

Feedback: Improved communication is a two-way street, of course. So it’s important to make sure that during training, and during the production process, employees are encouraged, even when the feedback is not positive. There is such a thing as constructive criticism. Encouragement for doing a task well and necessary correction of training practices are both essential elements.

Training: If you want to encourage productivity, as a manager or business owner, it’s important to have quality training programs to prepare employees for efficient work. However, it’s essential to continue training over time. One study indicated that business owners worry about training quality individuals only to lose them to competitors. Yet results of the study show employees at companies not investing in quality training are more likely to leave, often in about one year.

Strategy: It’s possible to teach a new individual how to do a job and give them feedback on how they’re doing with specific tasks, of course. But it’s also important to emphasize strategic training. The mere act of training is just a small part of the overall process, according to many business veterans. Start by assessing needs in a formal and detailed manner. Ask focused questions to determine what knowledge and which skills are already present with current staff. Then take the inquiry to the next level by asking how training will impact the company on a daily basis.

Training as nourishment: One individual who focuses on effective training for companies large and small uses the term “digestible.” If staff members cannot “ingest” the information and use it to grow as individuals, they will not be fully productive, no matter what other incentives you offer. During the training process, the elements mentioned earlier – communication and feedback – will tell you if the training investment is having the desired effect.

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