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Here’s Why Your Employee Training Program Isn’t Working

Team Kissflow

Updated on 13 May 2024 3 min read

Your traditional “Death by Presentation” training programs are useless. Dumping employees in a dark, dingy classroom to train them the conventional way no longer works. Instead of capturing the attention of your employees, it numbs their minds and takes them down memory lane to their school days, making your employee training program a pointless endeavor.

Traditional training methods don’t have a boast-worthy ROI. So why are organizations so intent on blowing their money by investing in them? People forget 50% of what they learn in an hour, 70% by the end of the day, and retain only a maximum of 10% after a month. Do organizations just dismiss this curve altogether?

Just because your training attempts don’t yield the desired results, that doesn’t mean you can give training programs the boot. Would you rather risk untrained resources wreaking havoc in your organization? Training programs are crucial to ensure your employees remain efficient, productive, and engaged.

No matter how hard you bully your employee's brain with boring presentations, retention rate will remain low. Is it possible to remodel your training program into something fun, smooth-flowing, and interactive that helps them learn what they need?

Do You Really Need an Employee Training System?

Though it might seem inconsequential or frivolous at times, training programs are necessary to expand the knowledge base your workforce and keep them on par with industry standards. You need a structured employee training program to:

  • Provide consistent background knowledge to all workers
  • Help employees in transition (change in role/process/technology)
  • Identify and close employee skill-gaps
  • Tone down inefficiencies and associated maintenance costs
  • Improve employee performance and productivity
  • Lower the need for supervision
  • Ensure compliance with quality standards

How to Create a High Impact Training Process

In addition to the huge cost associated with training, there’s also a lot of time and effort that goes into them. This is hardly the place to good around and experiment. Yes, designing a training program that is engaging and entertaining might sound like an impossible task.

But, if you break it down to a series of concrete and calculated steps, it can ease the burden.

1. Determine the Need

When you’re remodeling your training process, it is good to start by figuring out the “Why”. Your approach will depend on the requirement. Once you figure out what you have to accomplish with the training, you will get a sense of direction on how to go about achieving it.

Discover The ‘Why'

  • What is the purpose of this training?
  • Is this skillset training or retraining?
  • Will this be custom and exclusive for a few or generic and open for all?

2. Identify Skill Gaps

Every organization has their fair share of weak links (people who rely on others for help/ supervision) in the workforce. These workers are not unskilled; just untrained. Like rough diamonds, proper polishing (read: training) will bring out the intrinsic beauty hidden within them. A skill gap analysis will grant you great insights about your company.

Find the Weak Link

  • What are the core competencies your organization values?
  • What skills do underperforming workers lack?
  • What trainable skills do well-performing employees possess?

“All organizations face their fair share of training hurdles. But only those that realize and accept the problem will find a way to overcome it."

3. Set Clear Goals

Now it’s time to choose the goals for your training program. Setting clear goals will ensure that you stay on track and work in a focused way to accomplish them.

Set Your Goals

  • What is a win?
  • When is a realistic time to expect it?
  • What other impact do you expect?

4. Devise a Plan

A dull training program can never win the attention of your trainees. Designing a value-added training program and delivering it engagingly is easy. You can capture the undivided attention of your employees using a blended training approach.

Be innovative while devising your training plan. Lure the interest of your trainees with videos and interactive training exercises. Stir some friendly rivalry between them to encourage healthy competition.

Hatch a Plan

  • Will the program create a buzz?  
  • How will it maintain attention?
  • What new media can you use?

Benefits of an Effective Training Program

Traditional training usually instills a sense of fear of foreboding in employees. An enjoyable and engaging experience will keep your employees from loathing the time they spend in the training room. Balancing the entertainment factor with relevant and useful information is the real challenge.

Implementing an effective training program using a training management system will give your organization:

  • Efficient and productive employees
  • Satisfied and engaged workforce
  • A competitive advantage in your Industry
  • Strong employee morale
  • Financial growth
  • Powerful brand value

Automating the Training and Development Process Using Training Management Systems

Just like every other business process, training continues to evolve. Keeping track of all the details can push anyone off their rocker. If the trainers are forced to maintain a paper record of things, then they will lose all their time and energy in the tedious paper-pushing. Digitization could lower their struggles considerably, not completely.

Automating means looking at your training process and identifying tasks that are best done by a machine than a human. Some of these tasks include data collection, notifications, integrations, and data transfers.

Use Kissflow HR Cloud to Create an Efficient Training System with Automation

The performance of your employees can effectively make or break your business. Structured employee training and frequent skill development sessions can sharpen the skill set of your employees and keep them on par with the industry standards. In an ever-evolving business environment, only automation will help you stay ahead of the curve.

However, an off-the-shelf LMS might not meet the requirements of your organization. Customizing it might be too pricey. Designing a solution from scratch will be tedious and time-consuming. What you need is a sleek platform that allows you tailor the available templates with easy-to-use drag-and-drop customizations. Kissflow HR Cloud does just that.

Automate your training and development process with Kissflow HR Cloud to increase employee retention, lower costs, enhance quality, improve productivity, and raise your ROI.