Training by Engagement
By Nicola Fenton
A survey by CareerBuilder found that 99% of job seekers would be loyal to the employers who would invest in training them. Several corporations are emphasizing on training in recent times. Companies are moving away from traditional training techniques to inculcating methods like e-learning to train their employees in bettering their skills and improving their work efficiency. These non-traditional teaching methods have proved to be very effective and as a result, finding alternative teaching methods have been prioritized.
Research suggests that high levels of engagement in the learning process results in better retention and understanding of the material. Studies by Brewster& Fager (2000) and then by Marks( 2000,) found that when learners are psychologically engaged, they are intrinsically motivated which leads to a desire to accomplish intellectual and personal goals.
Inviting an engaging expert corporate trainer to conduct a session has been a popular way to impart effective training to employees. Expert corporate trainers are those who garnered much experience in their fields and share their knowledge with employees to impart skills, assist changes, increase productivity and most importantly, reiterate company goals and values.
Companies are also realizing that it’s not just skills based training that improves productivity in the Workplace. Both team building and personal development training sessions have proven to have a huge impact in the motivation and development of individuals in an organization.
Industry experts in corporate training can share invaluable ideas and crucial perspectives that could help employees become more proficient at their job profiles. Through their sessions, these experts attempt to catalyze initiative in the employees and encourage them to carry out their tasks more resourcefully.
Alternative training sessions that encourage involvement outside of the normal comfort zones using such mediums as music, humour, fire walking, dance or outdoor activities not only help people find their own personal passion but develop essential skills such as leadership, confidence and unity within the team.
One such workshop that has become very popular is the ‘Haka’. Originally from New Zealand Haka is a traditional war dance performed by the Maori ancestors before going into battle to show their fearless commitment to win. They performed knowing they were facing death and had no choice but to fully commit. This is replicated today by the All Blacks, the world champion rugby team who perform Haka prior to each test match. Now the Haka is being used very successfully, facilitated by specialists in the corporate environment to create impact’, communicate key messages, build energy and strengthen team commitment.
Another very popular corporate training method is to use humour. Shazia Mirza, a London-based stand-up comedian has captured this market well and imparts the benefits of humor to the corporate market. Humour helps promote creativity, a positive attitude, reduces stress and creates a bond. Shazia’s innovative training sessions specifically designed for corporate teams give the attendees a confidence building, presentation improving,creativity boosting, team bonding experience.
Humour can help people to understand, and bridge the gap between what is not understood and feared to making topics such as race, religion, gender, sexuality, accessible and open to debate and discussion. Questions that people are scared to ask, or worried that others might be offended by, are made easier to put forward through humour. When everyone is laughing together, we ‘re all equal barriers are let down.
Nicola Fenton is the Managing Partner of RHM Global, an international marketing agency that specialises in the areas of providing International speakers, Trainers, performers, thought leaders and Industry Experts to the corporate sector,The key focus markets for RHM Global are India, UK, China, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.
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