Scheduling Suitable Training for Your Business

February 24, 2021 | 234 views

Scheduling Suitable Training for Your Business
Scheduling Suitable Training for Your Business

The need for hiring and training has not gone away in our virus-filled world. Instead, training employees is more challenging than ever. As with other processes in the last year, we need to consider multiple training options that suit our business needs and that conform to health guidelines.

Face-to-Face Training

Traditional in-house training can have different forms. A business training program might include one-on-one or shadowing a single person who can provide direct and immediate guidance to the trainee. Or it can be a class designed to educate a larger group at one time. In-person training, no matter the number of trainees, has the advantage of being fast and efficient. When someone has a question, the trainer can answer it quickly.

In-person training also includes out-of-house options like seminars and courses. These are particularly useful when a governing agency or association requires some sort of certification. Employees normally attend with people from other organizations, all seeking to achieve a level of expertise that is required. These groups have other advantages as a networking community with a shared interest.

In-person training now includes “remote” but live training. With fewer opportunities to meet face-to-face, workshops and seminars are offered in real-time, but on an online platform. A live-stream option still allows trainees to ask questions and clarify important points.

On-Your-Own Training

Videos and paper manuals are also highly useful for companies who need to get new hires contributing quickly. From company history to internal processes, in-house training programs and videos are designed to get employees up to speed without monopolizing another person to go over basics.

Some training does not require a live trainer. Instead, e-learning or online course effectively fulfill training needs. This type of program is particularly useful for annual updates required by law. For example, sexual harassment training needs to be completed by every employee annually. Since employee hire-dates vary, an online course provides a training option that permits an employee to complete the required training at their own pace. The courses usually test for understanding and then confirm when an employee has successfully completed the training. As long as an employee completes it by the annual deadline, an employee and company comply with regulations.

Scheduling Training

Based on your needs, scheduling training may mean adopting a few of the above styles of training. To ensure efficient and cost-effective training, use these scheduling strategies:

  1. Adopt on-your-own training systems to cover basic instructions. Manuals, video, online courses provide consistency in content.
  2. Schedule in-house-in-person meetings when the content is complicated and will benefit from a live trainer.
  3. If you have multiple shifts, schedule training back-to-back with one session at the end of a shift and the next one at the beginning of the following shift.
  4. If social distancing is an issue, plan for multiple training sessions that allow for safe interaction. 

Your business has unique qualities and training needs. With pandemic limitations, the need for training does not go away, but it has changed; yet, training options can be expanded and effectively scheduled to meet your organization’s training goals.

Author Profile Jon Forknell is the Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., a software marketing company specializing in employee scheduling software, including ScheduleBase employee scheduling software, and other business software solutions. In the past, Jon has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. For many years, Atlas Business Solutions has been named one of Software Magazine’s Top 500 Software Companies.

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