June 21st, 2016

Tips for Teaching An Experienced Employee New Skills

Whether its using technology, social media, or learning a new skill set to enhance productivity, it’s not unusual for employers to teach or train experienced employees new skills. Additionally, as the work force continues to get older, experienced or more senior employees are being asked to acquire new skills after having done a particular job a certain way for many years.

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Before teaching experienced employees new skills, employers want to make sure that training methods are appropriate for all learning styles. With several generations working along side each other in today’s workforce, employers should incorporate training that is effective for everyone from Baby Boomers to Gen-Zers. Since studies have shown that older employees require different training methods than their younger counter-parts, the tips below offer suggestions to reach employees across all ages and learning styles.

Six tips for teaching experienced employees new skills:

  1. Time Your Training Appropriately. Training can happen all year long in most cases, however, most industries have a busy season. Avoid offering training or asking employees to implement new skills during the peak season as stress levels will be high. Also, consider offering training with new hires or in groups. Once a month “lunch and learns” have proven successful for many employers.
  2. Identify the goals of the training. Are you training your employees so that they can acquire new skills to improve your company’s bottom line? Or is it to improve techniques or productivity for old skills? Whatever your goals, communicate them to your employees and identify benchmarks for everyone. Knowing why the training is needed will help everyone ensure the training is successful.
  3. Incorporate interactive learning opportunities during your training. Interactive learning has been shown to improve retention among new learners. Consider group activities, interactive quizzes, role-playing, or small group discussions during training sessions. Employees enjoy the opportunity to interact with their team members while also learning from their peers who may offer them valuable feedback during training sessions.
  4. Offer hands-on skill training. When training experienced employees, consider skipping the lengthy PowerPoint presentations and opting for something more hands-on. Hands-on practical training is becoming increasingly more valuable to employers and employees. When you can offer your employees the chance to practice the new skill, you’ll also be able to guide and provide timely feedback on particular techniques or skills.
  5. Create a Training Program. Training programs approach teaching employees new skills sets as more than a one-time event. Professional development and employee training should be an on-going experience for your employees. Creating and offering training programs further enhances the training experience and helps to ensure that goals are met or assess areas that need improvement.
  6. Assign experienced employees mentors. Mentoring programs are valuable across many different industries. Mentorship programs can leverage talent, leadership, and both hard and soft skills of employees. Assign pairs that will work together to nurture each other’s professional development. Seek volunteers to serve as mentors as the willingness to serve often means the mentor is open to share tips, best practices, and training.

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