Get the most out of training sessions

Training staff and putting talent and skills at the top of the list can give companies a competitive edge, make them more appealing and improve their reputation.

But conducting coaching sessions can also be exhausting after a couple of days of presentations – not just for employers, but employees as well.

In addition, some businesses – particularly smaller ones – face other challenges, with cost more often than not being the biggest hurdle. There are also problems with lost time as training sessions eat into the working day and affect regular output.

Then there is the question of how to motivate staff, who run the risk of interrupting sessions by turning up late or worse still, doodling on a pad in the corner showing little or no enthusiasm.

But there’s no need to feel deflated or deterred – the good news is that there are plenty of ways to overcome all of these hurdles and for all involved to get the most out of training sessions.

Read on to find out how.

Save cash

For smaller businesses with little spare cash, spending money on training may seem like an expensive and unnecessary luxury.

However, if you evaluate the benefits and think about what your staff can get out of it, then it could be the difference between having an edge over competitors or them boasting employees that can run rings around yours – and no organisation wants that.

Using teleconferencing services is an inexpensive way to conduct coaching sessions and can bring together all your employees in one go.

Instead of spending money on hiring a meeting room, providing refreshments and printed documents, costs can be cut by implementing the use of conference calling technology.

Not only is it a cost-effective alternative to regular meetings, but it also allows people in different geographical locations to come together without enduring long commutes. This in turn means that companies do not need to fork out for travel-related expenses.

Manage time

While it’s nice to catch up with colleagues and have an informal chit chat, during training sessions is not necessarily the time to start gossiping or discussing summer holidays.

It’s important for sessions to start promptly and while a quick chat can give everyone the chance to relax, it can also cut into allocated training session time.

The same goes for breaks that overrun and late finishes due to people hanging around in corridors rather than promptly taking their seats.

Conducting training sessions via teleconferencing services means that the schedule will run on time with no unnecessary time-wasting interruptions.

Encourage interaction

Another factor that may put managers off organising group coaching sessions is how to make them entertaining, engaging and useful.

Nobody wants to feel like their time is being wasted so it’s important to make sure everyone gets something out of the training.

A powerful tool for any kind of learning is through collaborative work; encouraging interaction will not only make meetings more enjoyable, but hopefully more memorable also.

Better still, if you can get employees to take sessions themselves then it shifts the power focus from you to them. Peer learning enhances the value of interaction and has a more positive response than one person speaking for a length of time.

Colleagues can easily be linked together via conference calling technology, whether they work in the office, remotely, or in a different city or country.