Top 10 Training Best Practices for Effective Learning and Development Programs

Top 10 Training Best Practices for Effective Learning and Development Programs

Author: Tris Brown

Best companies realize that only through effectively and continuously developing and training their employees can they acquire the core competencies needed for competitive advantage and flexibility. In addition, these companies are realizing the benefits of self-development by encouraging a work habit of reflection and learning. In these companies, learning is built around action rather than theory. Instead of learning about strategic planning or marketing, participants develop a strategic plan or a marketing proposal for their own department.

The most effective training and development programs today have the following features incorporated:

1. Strategy driven: All training and development programs cascade down from the overall strategic goals. No programs are developed and implemented unless they produce results that are identified as critical to the strategy or business initiatives. There should be explicit alignment between programs, learning objectives, and business objectives.

2. Positive cost/benefit ratio: Training today is not only strategically linked, but is also subject to the same measurements as every other business activity. It must show a return on the investment, either in the long term or the short term. Best companies now realize that many training and development initiatives take years to fully achieve their goals. These timeframes, however, are identified up front, where possible, and the programs evaluated at that point.

3. Supported by key strategies, systems, structures, policies, and practices: Organizations that receive a true return on their learning investments ensure that learning is aligned with and directly supported by key areas such as organizational structures, lines of authority, decision making, values, planning, budgeting, career development, information sharing, compensation, performance management, rewards and recognition, staffing, recruiting, and succession planning. These direct links help to both set boundaries and reinforce desired results.

4. Driven through many channels: Leading organizations investigate and utilize multiple modalities such as the classroom, workplace, blended learning, eLearning, technology support tools, and co-workers to ensure that people get the right skills at the right time, in the right way, and at the right cost to succeed. Modalities are selected to match specific learning styles, business issues, budgets, and cultures.

5. Maximize employee ability and potential through shared accountability: Best companies are tapping the ability and potential of their employees through self-directed training and development. Employees are encouraged to identify their own needs, create individual learning plans, and to seek learning opportunities. Depending upon the kind of culture an organization is trying to create, the responsibility falls on the individual, his/her boss, his/her peers, and the organization. Training strategies are aimed at knowledge retention and transfer to the workplace, enabling employees to be more effective and to acquire more skills.

6. Work-related training: Knowledge and skills that are acquired through training and development programs are relevant and useful, both to the organization and to the individual’s work requirements. Employees only participate in programs that will add to their current and future work effectiveness and that will contribute to organizational success.

7. Learning by doing: Best companies are training their employees by having them perform “real” tasks and projects in a training environment and on-the-job. Rather than teaching theory and expecting employees to apply it to their own work, these companies are enabling employees to learn in their own way, and often at their own pace, through assignments that closely resemble their own work.

8. Transferability of knowledge and skills back to the job: One of the most important elements of best practice training and development is that it is easily transferred back to the workplace. This is achieved through the timing of the training, the quality of the content, and the quality and appropriateness of the delivery method. Another crucial element to this transferability is the maintenance of the new skill or knowledge once training has been completed. Skills and knowledge that are not used constantly will quickly atrophy.

9. Linked to other people-related programs and departments: Best companies do not train their employees in a vacuum. In many instances, training is now conducted by line managers, who also perform evaluations, set performance objectives, and draft compensation and promotion systems for the same employees. Even where the training is designed and delivered by a specific function or department, the programs respond not only to organizational needs, but also to individual needs as identified through appraisals, counseling meetings, assessments, and career development plans.

10. Continuous learning process: To drive lasting change in behaviors and habits, best companies ensure that learning occurs before, during, and after scheduled learning events. The process of doing, reflecting, learning, and doing again never ceases.

About LSA Global

Since 1995, LSA has helped organizations create and maintain distinct competitive advantages through human capital. We work with leading organizations to drive success through their people and the strategies, structures, systems, and processes that attract, inspire, develop, and retain top talent. Our solutions focus on the areas of:

– Sales Revenue Growth

– Leadership and Management Performance

– Project Management Performance

– Human Resource Performance

– Strategy Execution and Transformation

– Customer Service, Satisfaction, and Loyalty

We believe our clients’ success in the marketplace is realized through increased revenue, decreased costs, and higher productivity.

We are fiercely devoted to the success of our clients and proud that over 85% of our business comes from repeat business with satisfied clients and that we have a 97%+ customer satisfaction rating.

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About the Author

Tris Brown is President & CEO of LSA Global. Know more about Training Best Practices visit us at: http://www.lsaglobal.com.

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18 responses to “Top 10 Training Best Practices for Effective Learning and Development Programs

  • Earl Rock

    I believe in practices make perfect and also from this blog that training today is not only strategically linked, but is also subject to the same measurements as every other business activity. I learn a lot from this article and thank you for it, for letting us know about this and for sharing this one to us without getting paid in return and you are so kind by doing this to us.

  • Diosan

    I’m a teacher, you know, your blog is not just for those who are entering or already in a business. While reading your blog I realized that I can also share this with my students. I’m a entrepreneurial teacher, and I can share your thoughts to them. I learned so many things about this, and I can’t wait to share it to my students.

  • Tracy

    Effect learning and development programs are both helpful and useful in business industries and training employees individually will make a more improvement than conducting a seminar for all and just like being said on the above article that the best companies are tapping the ability and potential of their employees through self-directed training and development is also a great way in making a good improvement in their employees and if the employees are making a great improvement then it will also count as achievement of the company.

  • Pila Jey

    Effective learning and development programs are really good tools in business and it should always be practiced and exercised in a business minded company and the good process for this as I read the article is the driving lasting change in behaviors and habits, best companies ensure that learning occurs before, during, and after scheduled learning events. I like it.

  • Nail

    Among the Top 10 Training Best Practices for Effective Learning and Development Programs, the most that I like is the maximization of employee ability and potential through shared accountability because I think that a business has employee because it needs people that can help it and therefore if one by one of them will move productively then the problems in the company will be minimized and eventually it will grow.

  • James

    I read all the part of the articles and among top 10 training best practices for effective learning and development programs, the best that I like is the Learning by doing: Best companies are training their employees by having them perform “real” tasks and projects in a training environment and on-the-job. Rather than teaching theory and expecting employees to apply it to their own work, these companies are enabling employees to learn in their own way, and often at their own pace, through assignments that closely resemble their own work.Because I believe that if you are making your employee by doing is also making him practice the work and it can increase his or her accuracy and productivity on each try.

  • Early

    I salute the one of the top 10 training best practices for effective learning and development programs and it’s under driven strategy and it is no programs are developed and implemented unless they produce results that are identified as critical to the strategy or business initiatives. Because it makes a lot of sense and logic, it says that things should first be tested temporarily and at first try don’t always expect things and instead make assumptions and if possible make negative assumptions.

  • Dareon

    I think what is meant by the article here “One of the most important elements of best practice training and development is that it is easily transferred back to the workplace” is the application of the worker’s knowledge and it is really important because that is the main point, knowledge is the weapon through productivity and a great productivity will be a great help to the company.

  • Hermy Jul

    As what I have read here, some of the people inside here have implications that this is very helpful and I think this is a kind of strategy that is really been give detailed, I mean nothing to ask for because all of the topics and aspects are explained well and given fully. I am a businessman and I have been into some few seminars and I never had encounter topic like this, thanks.

  • Jolly Baramon

    Very well said, these best practices is worth the time reading and I really did learn some new things and it is added in my vocabulary now. I think the best practice among all is the behavior since they said that no once can be more successful than to those people who have good behavior and attitude. I believe that if you are so kind and good to others you are a successful person because only few people know how to be kind and to be good to others.

  • Green Liner

    Effective Learning and Development Programs are used for making a good employees and enhancing the ability and skills of the employees. In hiring people inside our company is very critical, we always conduct interview and of course we chose the one that is most suitable for the company, the one that can do something for the company and the one that have skills on them. I think basically it is good that they have skills but it would be much better if we enhance their skills since their skills can be use in their everyday work on our company on our business. I think the secret of a successful company or business is within their employees and people.

  • Selso

    Learning development must always be embrace since change is constant and whoever embraces change will be successful and also changes in technology create a ripple pattern, altering foundational, long-held views. Certain fields are highly susceptible to change, while others are more conservative. In areas of less personal interest, new approaches and techniques are not viewed as a threat. Technology is always improving and changing some things to it that is why we must learn and develop ourselves.

  • Shela Femine

    Seminar is the best example for this “Best companies are tapping the ability and potential of their employees through self-directed training and development”. If I will have a company I will surely do this one also, I will conduct seminars and training to enhance their capabilities in improving and also their skills on their job. Seminars and training are not new to this industry but it never gets old, the idea and the concept of making it never gets old.

  • Best Bravo

    Among the other top 10 practices the one that I can’t agree more is the Work-related training since it is very exact training for your employees and workers since it gives them a better knowledge and enhances their skills and talent to their job. It is not hard to make some seminars and trainings for your employees and workers, you just need to contact popular personalities and experts on this kind of trainings that you want for your employees and workers.

  • Saddy Jazz

    Developing someone or even something can surely make a great progression and development toward its company and that’s self explanatory. However, it is hard to do this kind of things especially when you are not expert and you don’t have enough experience on business. I think of business as a game where you can profit if you are winning and also it’s like a race that you are very popular when you are leading. I am not an expert and I don’t have many experiences on business but I think the key towards a successful business is an attitude.

  • Carry

    Developing one self is very important and I believe it is very helpful since “Personal development includes activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations.”, Developing is not easy but if it is attain it will surely be a great help. Practicing is also a great help and it really takes a great effort too and though it is hard it will also give big result.

  • Benji

    To have a good development in a company is of course a great achievement and all of the company are aiming for that. I have read that timing is important and yes it is indeed important because you have to always have patience in order to gain development and to have a great plan and future vision for your company. It is very encouraging to make some improvements to your company and at the same time it is a big challenge to any person.

  • Peter Hutson

    Giving seminars to your employees is quite a strategy in developing your company. I have been into companies that always enhancing their employees by giving them training and seminars. Just like drivers on any vehicles, before they can legally drive they first will get license on driving into their local office for transportation and there they are given seminars because seminars are important because it informs you many things that will help you and warn you to things that must not be done.

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