Organizational training methods and the policies supporting these methods are considered a critical part of a corporate culture. Continuous improvement of employees can only benefit an organization and may be a contributing factor in the success of the company. Many organizations have a training department or at least a training budget. The method of training is determined by the budget constraints and the type of training needed. Once decisions are made about training, policies are developed to support them.
Training Needs Analysis
The first step in any training program is a thorough needs analysis (a review of the jobs in the company and the requirements to perform the jobs). Organizations need to frequently review their job descriptions and the requirements for successful performance. The needs analysis will be helpful in deciding what type of training is best for the company and the employees.
Popular Training Methods
Once the type of training has been determined, policies are written to guide and direct the process. Some of the popular training methods are classroom (instructor brings information to a group of employees), seminar (company pays for employees to attend off-site training by a professional training company), online (employees learn by using their computer and the Internet) and on-the-job training (employees are trained by supervisors or other senior employees).
Writing Training Policies
Writing policies to support the training methods requires detailed knowledge of the training program and process. Policies should contain clear information about who attends the program and when, where the program will be held, the objectives (what the training is suppose to accomplish) for the training program, and a follow-up training evaluation (how well the training benefited the employee).
Evaluate the Training Methods
To ensure the proper training is conducted, evaluations are done on a frequent basis. Using employee surveys (questions regarding the training experience) or interviews with supervisors on performance improvement, organizations can keep their employees up to date with the proper training methods.