5 tips to reduce training time while being highly effective

To Ace the constant race against time

Time management has been the worst nightmare of most of the training managers. All stakeholders seem to be in a constant time crunch.in such a precarious situation when a training schedule is suggested it is met with a basilisk eye. But time constraints can never need to be surmounted and effective training programs need to be conducted periodically for organizational health. The challenge is to reduce time wastage and maximize the available slots. The solution is designing learning programs that deliver the training goals without disrupting the workplace time frames.

Being effective without compromising quality yet remaining within available timelines:

Use technology to train. Tech training for employees is the need of the hour. Classroom training is soon going to be redundant. Using tech learning platforms, microlearning strategies make the process so much easier to handle and way more effective. e-learning becomes interesting as it can be delivered through varied devices, computers, tablets, mobiles. Thousands of staff members can be trained in short periods effectively using a suite of e-learning modules. The sessions can be designed to be interactive with the trainer as well, as between the attendees. Buddies help in on-the-job training like none other.

Engagement is the key to good learning outcomes. When learning is being delivered in shorter formats it gets the employee involved more enthusiastically. The use of technology can take the training much beyond the virtual platform and learning continues on forums, discussions, and social media interactions.

Use of Media: An image reaches out much more than words. That’s exactly what happens when images and videos become part of the learning modules. The assimilation time is significantly reduced and indirectly the overall time spent in the teaching-learning process. The tech-enabled content speaks to the learner with no judgement and allows him to take in the message or information in his way. Nothing is shoved down the gullet, the learner chews each bit and swallows it at his own pace, making the assimilation easier. Mobile learning can happen on the go.

Incorporate Self-directed and blended learning formats. Instructor-less classes give the learner the flexibility of choosing his own time and place. A lot of pre-learning can be done in the form of leveraged blended learning. Include microlearning as it drastically reduces delivery time. Shorter sessions with content divided into smaller chapters help immensely in quick assimilation.

Train your tech workforce. The tech force of the organization can be an invaluable asset to deliver training. The modules can be deployed through the existing LMS with adequate help from them.

Adopting new ways of training your employees is the need of the hour. The emerging task force needs to be trained using more technology as against the traditional classroom sessions that tend to become monotonous and time-consuming. The content and the impact need to go to the next level while the time spent should be qualitatively validated, not just quantitatively.