Some companies are all about productivity. There is a reason for this: more output usually means more profit. Most managers and supervisors look for ways to boost the productivity of their subordinates. Here are five training methods that can aid organizations: experiential learning, e-learning, individual coaching or mentoring, simulations, and case studies. In the following paragraphs, we will delve into these ways of increasing productivity.
Commonly, lecture-based training has been shown to be less helpful than experiential learning. Doing something hands-on usually works better to involve all the senses. It also is about engaging in real-world scenarios without true stress and pressure that is usually implied (Sternberg, Robert J., and Li-fang Zhang).
Some employees are simply more comfortable learning new information online. Some people might even absorb training better in a digital format. In addition, this method reduces costs and is often viewed as more convenient. According to Rocher C. Schank, an e-learning innovator and teacher, the top companies in the world are increasingly using this type of training to achieve their desired productivity (Schank, Roger C.).
Furthermore, some employees enjoy a guru or a mentor to help them out one on one. It is a fact that there are people who do not fare well in group-learning situations. Many scholars also believe that to make a mass change within a company, the individual should be at the heart of the training process. Thus, the option of individual training should not be disregarded (Cunningham, Liz, and Kimberly Mcnally).
This a bit different from experiential learning, in that simulations take on a game-like atmosphere. Some people prefer gamifying a learning experience to make it more engaging and fun. According to Edward J. Williams, a professor from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, “Achievements of simulation in reducing operating costs, increasing production quotas, reducing work-in-process inventories, eliminating bottlenecks cost-effectively, achieving efficiency of scheduling procedures, and otherwise improving performance metrics are well-known among simulation experts and well-documented in the technical literature” (Williams, Edward J.). Since there is a strong foundation of evidence for simulations aiding in productivity, companies should seriously consider using this method.
In detail-oriented work within sociology, marketing, or forensics, for example, allowing employees to complete sample case studies can be a fine way to get the training they need. As stated by the business magazine Inc., “By analyzing the problems presented in the case report and developing possible solutions, students can be encouraged to think independently as opposed to relying upon the direction of an instructor. Independent case analysis can be supplemented with open discussion with a group. The main benefit of the case method is its use of real-life situations” (Lagorio-Chafkin, Christine). Case studies are large projects, however, so you should only give this training assignment if time allows for it.
In summary, increasing productivity is a primary goal in most companies, and they do so through various training methods. To name five vital ones: experiential learning, e-learning, individual training, simulations, and case studies. Each individual might require or might be more comfortable with a different learning process. Therefore, it is important to understand each staff member, and how he or she acquires knowledge best.
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Lagorio-Chafkin, Christine. “This Air Force Veteran Built the Kind of Company She’d Want to Work For. It All Started With a Chili Dog.” Inc.com, Inc., 16 May 2019, www.inc.com/magazine/201906/christine-lagorio-chafkin/intelligenesis-military-defense-department-government-contractor-veterans-best-workplaces-2019.html.
Schank, Roger C. Designing World Class e-Learning: How IBM, GE, Harvard Business School, and Columbia University Are Succeeding at e-Learning. McGraw-Hill, 2002.
Sternberg, Robert J., and Li-fang Zhang. “Experiential Learning Theory and New Directions.” Perspectives on Thinking, Learning, and Cognitive Styles. Taylor and Francis, 2014.
Williams, Edward J. “How Simulation Gains Acceptance as a Manufacturing Productivity Improvement Tool.” PDF. In Proceedings of the 11th European Simulation Multiconference.