In the business world, training is often an ongoing process for company employees throughout the course of their career. Motivating employees about training programs before the programs begin is an essential part of successful training. Unmotivated employees may not process training materials well, and will leave training sessions with little knowledge or enthusiasm. As an employer, you invest financial resources into training and hope that training will boost profitability and employee performance. Helping employees make the most of training opportunities is the first step toward receiving a return on your investment.
Offer incentives to employees who successfully complete training programs. Because training is designed to assist employees and the company, a small incentive such as a raise, an extra vacation day or a special day at the office motivates employees to perform well during training.
Quiz them after training to determine whether they paid attention, but let them know there will be a quiz. If employees know they will be tested on the information provided during training sessions, they will be more motivated to pay attention.
Cross-train employees to perform tasks within the company they are not already trained to do. Allowing employees the opportunity to advance their skill level within the company motivates them to attend training and makes them more valuable to the company.
Ask employees about the type of training they would like to undergo. Giving your employees a voice will motivate them when you offer opportunities to train in areas they are interested in.
Convey the importance of successful training as a career booster. You are training your employees to work well within your company, but chances are they may need to move on in the future because of downsizing or better opportunities. Letting them know that the skills you are presenting them with are useful beyond employment in your own company motivates them to take their career and training opportunities more seriously.
Jennifer Hudock is an author, editor and freelancer from Pennsylvania. She has upcoming work appearing in two Library of the Living Dead Press anthologies and has been published in numerous print and online journals, including eMuse, Real TV Addict and Strange Horizons. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing from Bloomsburg University.