To provide your staff with the knowledge and skills they need to perform their best, you’ll need proper employee training. We looked at the characteristics of a successful program in the previous section. Now we’ll look at a variety of training styles you can use to integrate with those tips.
Every business has different requirements, so don’t consider one style as superior to another. Instead, be open to each style and consider how you could adapt it to fit the needs of your business and workforce.
This method is a go-to for many business owners as it's modeled after their experiences from grade school and university. It’s the classic method where one or two people teach a variety of preset learning materials to a group of students. You can do this in a live or virtual classroom to provide better access.
Mentoring or Coaching
This approach involves guided learning sessions where a mentor or coach supervises one employee and shares specific knowledge and experiences about a position. Note that coaching is functional teaching, whereas mentoring is developmental for a career.
Trainees pair with an experienced team member or lead and learn through a mix of observation and actual job engagement. And this is the two-step process that drives the methodology. It’s perfect for kinetic learners, but can be a time-intensive process for the trainer. Only use this method if you have the resources to devote.
eLearning or remote learning goes through a digital channel that can include many other learning styles on this list. You can incorporate lectures, quizzes, games, and more using eLearning. It also adapts to many learning styles. eLearning is easy to implement. However, it requires a lot of strategy and planning, and you must keep the program updated.
Simulation sessions are often the final training steps in a program after you’ve taught the base information and want to simulate its implementation. It’s expensive and requires technology to implement (VR device, computer, tablets, etc.). But they’re great for jobs that require a repeated task that must be completed with a specific process.
Lectures are a subcategory of instructor-led training styles, except that it’s all on the trainer to present the information to an even larger group of individuals with less interaction. It’s a great way to present information to lots of people and is cost-effective. But it’s highly impersonal and can get boring quickly.
This method is highly effective for presenting a high-volume of information with detail and focus.
Group discussions and activities are excellent as a team building exercise while implementing your training. This method allows individuals to solve complex tasks with the help of their team and can provide insights into the perspectives of fellow employees. But if you’re not careful, this method has the potential to cause disagreements and discord.
Management specific activities
This is a manager-to-manager method that can implement other training styles from this list. It’s a supplemental training to address the training needs of a manager outside of lower-level positions.
Companies use role-playing sessions to help create empathy between employees and their co-workers or other customers. It can also help employees to think quickly and simulate elements of their job in multiple scenarios. While fun and useful, this method takes a lot of time.