8 Staff Training Ideas to Spice Up Your Learning

8 Staff Training Ideas to Spice Up Your Learning

Are you a manager looking for staff training ideas for a specific team member? Or are you a training or HR leader looking to expand on your employee training and development program? Hopefully, these stories from our clients will help you spice up your staff training.

What is Staff Training?

In many cases staff training and employee training are interchangeable. If you work for a non-profit, an association, or a college, you may prefer the term staff over employee but our definition still applies.

Employee and staff training is a program designed to develop and improve technical skills, soft skills, and knowledge to do a specific job in a more efficient, successful, or safer manner.

Employee development is the overall process an employer provides to employees to help them gradually improve skills, acquire new knowledge, and progress in their careers.

If you are in the early stages of creating an employee training and development program, you should also check out our blog that explains seven steps. If you are looking for ways to spice up your current program, we have 8 ideas for you below.

8 Staff Training Ideas to Spice Up Your Learning

Ideas for Staff Training

Whether you have a large training team or you are a training department of one, we hope you can steal these ideas and make them your own! You’ve done the research so go for it!

#1 Align to Company Goals

Start with your company’s strategic plan and align your training topics to the skills or competencies needed to achieve company goals. For example, if your company’s plan for growth is through the acquisition of multiple smaller organizations, your employees will benefit from these training topics:

#2 Align with Performance Reviews

Incorporate training into your performance review process and link to employee goals. Training courses can be used to fix areas with lower ratings and to prepare employees for future promotions. For example, you have an entry-level employee who has been making a lot of mistakes and forgetting about tasks. This employee would benefit from topics such as:

#3 Incorporate Video

This idea may be obvious coming from HSI since we are known for our award-winning training videos. It’s our passion. Videos ensure consistent messages and are accessible 24/7. They can be rewatched as needed by the staff whenever and wherever they want.

One of our bottling clients has recently started using our HSI LMS for their new product training. In the past all vendors would come onsite to do live training. Now the client requires all vendors to submit a video that is seven minutes or less and include a handout with questions. Our client creates the course and exam in HSI LMS and assigns it to the staff. So far, the feedback from everyone has been positive.

While this new vendor video strategy was created because of the pandemic, the vendors love it too since it saves time and money without compromising the quality of the training.

#4 Training Beyond “Training Day”

Many organizations designate a specific day for staff development and training. Some even brand it “Training Day” and make it a special event. Why limit yourself to only one day? Our fourth idea is to open up your training year-round.

I actually love the idea of a big training day event but I also think that employee training is more of a journey than a one-day destination. With a full library of soft skills training videos, like HSI’s Business Skills library, your learners can easily access the training topics they need in the moment of need.

#5 Leverage Blended-Learning

No matter the size of your training team, you will find off-the-shelf training can fill the gaps on topics you simply don’t have the time to create. I think all of our clients utilize blended learning and they combine our videos with leader-led sessions and classroom meetings.

#6 Promote a Topic of the Month

You can do this at the employee, department, or company level. In our case study with Conway Corporation, we share the story of how their customer service department used our series on creativity. The staff watches a course on their own and then they have a group workshop to brainstorm and apply the skills they learned.

We also provide creative flyers in our client marketing toolkit to support learning engagement. In some cases clients request a specific topic and we do a custom flyer with the client logo. Clients print the flyers and hang in common areas or use a digital version and display on a digital billboard. Here are a few samples:

8 Staff Training Ideas to Spice Up Your Learning

#7 Offer Rewards and Incentives

In our HSI LMS, learners earn points as they watch videos, take exams, and complete the training reinforcement follow-up quizzes. Many of our clients convert these points into incentives and rewards.

#8 Phase in Features

It is common for new HSI clients to launch a basic version of the LMS and hold back on some of the features. This simplifies the implementation and allows learners to get used to the platform.

Each new HSI client receives personalized support from a dedicated learning consultant at no additional charge. They will hold your hand through implementation, make course recommendations, train you on the LMS and much more. They can also advise you on how and when to phase in new features for your staff.

If you’d like to view any of the videos I mention above, I encourage you to request a free trial of our HSI LMS and you can see all of them.

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