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Best practices for providing training in the workplace.

Encourage pursuits outside of work

The Harvard Business Review says that pursuing passions outside of work lead to unexpected benefits within the workplace. Creative interests can help mold and shape the way you think and can, in turn, shift your perspective while tackling a new project. Thinking on your feet, adapting, adjusting, and having an open mind can alter your work performance and can create numerous pathways and approaches to problem solving.

Learn and grow as a company

Training programs, classes, lectures, workshops, and regular scheduled internal training sessions are all ways to increase productivity and learning as a company. Developing Best Practices and How To documents are great ways to train new employees who may need a step-by-step guide through a particular project; this can also assure that the style, essence, integrity, and excellence of company work is consistent, uniformed, and at an optimal level of completion. Constantly improve and update training materials and strategy as needed.

Set clear deadlines and expectations

We all know it can be frustrating to complete a job if the job requirements are hazy and the timeline is not constructed. Ensure that your company sets specific deadlines and timelines to keep employees on the right track.

Tailor your training

Everyone has a different style of communication and way of thinking. Consider communication methods. Deliver assignments and give feedback the way people learn. Once trust is established give an increased amount of critique and constructive criticism. It’s also important to consider who you are speaking with and their personality. Some people like the “compliment sandwich approach” while others, like me, want to know point blank, what went wrong. Consider one-on-one training.

Know which training method to use and when

Some people prefer strict guidelines and a step-by-step process; others may prefer a looser structure, so they are able to do the job their way and have the freedom of controlling their work habits and process. It’s also important to consider the complexity, time restraint, and urgency of the project. If you have a project for an important client that is time sensitive and complex, it may be a better strategy to give your employee more tools and structure.

Ensure you have the proper tools

Every so often, check in with the head of the departments in your company to ensure they have the proper tools required to complete the job. Also think about new resources, websites, and technology to integrate into the workspace and company culture that can help elevate the company. Consider thinking about “soft benefits” for the workplace—simple things that help boost moral like a cereal bar or happy hour after work once a month to help boost morale and make the team comfortable.

At Copy & Art, we participate in Business Results Training (BRT) with Tony Robbins. Every member of our team took a DISC assessment, which showcases the results of our personality and communication style. We tailor our training materials to meet the specific communication styles and personalities of our staff.

If you want more tips on training and learning in the workspace, email us at hello@copyandartny.com or call (914) 607-7888.

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