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How to choose training that matches with and supports the new way we work? 

Written by Laïla Ouazzani-Touhami

In the fast-paced world of corporate dynamics, mere adaptation to industry trends isn’t enough; continuous evolution of skills and knowledge is paramount. As such, training emerges as the de facto solution to fix it all. But how do you choose the right one for your team?  

First, why Invest in Corporate Skill Training? 

  • Adaptability to Change: In an era of rapid industry evolution, hybrid work models, diverse workforce and the emergence of AI, adaptability is indispensable. Corporate skill training empowers employees with the tools and knowledge to navigate change effectively, fostering resilience and driving innovation within the organization. 
  • Enhanced Productivity: Well-trained employees exhibit higher proficiency and productivity. Skill development ensures they’re abreast of the latest technologies and methodologies, enabling them to work more efficiently. 
  • Employee Engagement and Retention: Investing in employee development signals a commitment to their professional growth, elevating job satisfaction and loyalty. This, in turn, fosters higher retention rates and a positive workplace culture. 
  • Skill Enhancement: With evolving industry trends and technologies, ongoing skill development is essential. Corporate training equips employees with the necessary tools to excel in their roles and contribute effectively to organizational goals. 

Key opportunities for impactful training: 

  • Onboarding: Introduce new hires to company policies, culture, and job responsibilities through comprehensive onboarding training sessions. 
  • Identifying Skill Gaps: Regular assessments pinpoint skill gaps within teams. Schedule training sessions to address these gaps and enhance employee proficiency. 
  • Introduction of New Technologies or Processes: Provide training whenever new technologies or processes are introduced, ensuring a smooth transition and maximizing adoption rates. 
  • Performance Reviews: Utilize performance reviews to identify areas for improvement and offer targeted training to support employee development. 
  • Strategic Planning and Goal Setting: Align training initiatives with strategic objectives and long-term goals, ensuring employees are equipped with the necessary skills to drive organizational success. 

The design and delivery of training have to be carefully carried out. Hence, your selection of training and trainer can make or break the effectiveness of the program. As a firm with decades of facilitation and training experience, we have concluded that applying a facilitative approach to training can maximize learning, engagement and participation to workshops.  

Find a trainer who: 

  • Defines Objectives: Clearly outlines the objectives of each training session, ensuring alignment with organizational goals and employee development needs. 
  • Chooses the Right Format: Considers the training material and workforce preferences when selecting formats, such as in-person workshops, online courses, webinars, self-directed or interactive learning modules. 
  • Engages Participants: Incorporates interactive elements like group discussions and case studies to keep participants engaged and facilitate active learning. 

Ensure efficiency by: 

  • Providing Feedback and Support: Offer constructive feedback throughout the training process and provide additional support resources to help employees apply newly acquired skills. 
  • Measuring Effectiveness: Assess training programs through post-training evaluations, performance metrics, and participant feedback. Use this data to refine future initiatives and maximize impact. 

Long-term benefits of incorporating tailored and continuous learning opportunities: 

After 30 years of Learning & Development, we have seen first-hand that investing in employee growth boosts morale and fosters a positive, people-centered environment, nurturing talent across diverse areas, from innovation to leadership.

Training is a cornerstone of organizational development, fostering innovation, and employee contentment.  

It’s clear that corporate training plays a pivotal role in fostering employee development, enhancing organizational performance, and driving long-term success. By understanding when, why, and how to implement training, businesses can cultivate a culture of continuous learning that propels them forward in today’s competitive landscape. Ultimately, well-developed training programs leads to cost-effectiveness by reducing errors and increasing productivity, but with so many training programs out there, it’s difficult to find the right company to invest in. 

With decades of experience accompanying various governmental, not-for profit or private organizations to grow, learn and change, we can help you chose the right options to support your team and overall organization. Check out our existing workshops and programs here or contact us to schedule a call for more tailored content.