Does the way you train employees seem outdated or inefficient? If that's the case, then you’ve come to the right place. There are many ways to train employees, but which is the best way? There is no definitive way on how to train an employee, it simply is what works best for your business. It also depends on how much energy and time you’re willing to invest in their success.

It’s found that instructor led training is still one of the most effective and popular ways to train employees. Even with new technological advances it is still proven that traditional means of training are still competent. There are also many types of hands-on training to consider when training employees like using blackboards/whiteboards, PowerPoints, videos, and storytelling. In an article on, The Most Effective Training Techniques, there is a list of advantages and disadvantages when using different types of training, for example here is the list when using instructor led training.

Advantages include:

  • Instructor-led classroom training is an efficient method for presenting a large body of material to large or small groups of employees.
  • It is a personal, face-to-face type of training as opposed to computer-based training and other methods we will discuss later.
  • It ensures that everyone gets the same information at the same time.
  • It is cost-effective, especially when not outsourced to guest speakers.
  • Storytelling grabs people’s attention.

Disadvantages include:

  • Sometimes it is not interactive.
  • Too much of the success of the training depends on the effectiveness of the lecturer.
  • Scheduling classroom sessions for large numbers of trainees can be difficult—especially when trainees are at multiple locations.

If instructor led training is not effectively training your employees, then try combining in-person and online training. This way your employee can be trained online, then ask questions later during the in-person training. In the article, 4 Ways to Train Employees Effectively, Heather Huhman says that “48 percent of respondents said they still want to be able to review content at a later time”. This is exactly why it is useful to blend both the traditional way of training employees, but also adding new resources such as online training. This way your employees time and your time is used efficiently. Also, the key to success when it comes to training employees is keeping your employees engaged. Sylvie Woolf from Clearcompany says that “40% of employees who receive poor job training leave their positions within the first year.” Considering this statistic there needs to be a change in the way employees are trained. Below are five new/traditional ways to train your employees that might work for your business.

  1. Use instructor led training. Check out the advantages and disadvantages listed above. The advantages seem to outweigh the disadvantages.
  2. Combine in-person and online training.Combining in-person and online training takes the traditional approach and mixes in a new way of training using videos, interactive games, and quizzes. Using online training will also help your employee form questions to ask during the in-person portion of training.
  3. Explain your expectations from the get go. Let your employee know what is expected of them from the beginning. This will save your employee from a lot of confusion, when they know what to expect from the job.
  4. Give your employee tasks to complete. Assign something for your employee to complete that allows them to utilize some of the training they've completed. This way they can ask questions and work independently on the task.
  5. Provide your employee with training quizzes. After each day of training provide quizzes for your employee to be tested on what they've learned thus far. After the test is completed you and your employee can go over the questions/answers together. This ensures that your employee knows the correct answer to each question and can go back to each quiz for refrence when needed.

When training your employee, remember that you’re investing time and money into their success at your business. You don’t want your employee to be a part of the 40% who receives poor training and leaves within the first year, do you? You want your employee to be a part of the 60% who feels properly trained and confident in what is required of them at your business. Choose the method that works best for your business and stick with it, whether it be one way of training or a mix of them.