Topics for Employee Training Programs

Training can be defined as the process of “Transferring information and knowledge to employers and equipping employers to translate that information and knowledge into practice with a view to enhancing organization effectiveness and productivity, and the quality of the management of people.” It also means that in organizational development, the related field of training and development deals with the design and delivery of workplace learning to improve performance. The common topics for employee training and development programs are;

  1. Corporate ethics: This covers the value of good manners, courtesy, consideration, personal decor and good rapport. It also shows why and how to discourage gossip, controversies, personal work at office, rush jobs etc.
  2. Communications: The increasing diversity of today’s workforce brings a wide variety of languages and customs. Right from the way the receptionist handles a call to how the CEO deals with a customer gives a glimpse of the image of an organization. Such training encompasses oral, written and presentation skills. It stresses the importance of communication being clear, concise, concrete and colorful.
  3. Career and life planning: A primarily employee-oriented training objective undertaken to help employees plan for their lives, career, retirement, redundancy etc. Such training imparts the values of life skills that employees need under different and difficult circumstances.
  4. Computer skills: Computer skills are becoming a necessity for conducting administrative and office tasks.
  5. Customer service: Increased competition in today’s global marketplace makes it critical that employees understand and meet the needs of customers.
  6. Diversity: Diversity training usually includes explanation about how people have different perspectives and views, and includes techniques to value diversity
  7. Staff management and team building: Such training shows the importance and benefits of good management and how everyone can achieve more through teamwork.
  8. Stress management: Stress is an individual’s response to threats and challenges in the environment. Manifested physiologically and physically, it may occur due to role conflict, role ambiguity, role incompatibility, role overload or role under load. Stress management techniques are covered under this objective.
  9. Time management: Time management skills covered here showcase the importance of being specific, delegation and prioritization. They also show how to set measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound goals.
  10. Human relations: The increased stresses of today’s workplace can include misunderstandings and conflict. Training can people to get along in the workplace. It also includes interpersonal relationship skills. Communication is a two-way exercise and this objective covers the importance of listening, concentrating, showing empathy and self-awareness.
  11. Quality initiatives: Initiatives such as Total Quality Management, Quality Circles, benchmarking, etc., require basic training about quality concepts, guidelines and standards for quality, etc.
  12. Safety: Safety training is critical where working with heavy equipment , hazardous chemicals, repetitive activities, etc., but can also be useful with practical advice for avoiding assaults, etc.
  13. Sexual harassment: Sexual harassment training usually includes careful description of the organization’s policies about sexual harassment, especially about what are inappropriate behaviors.
  14. Memory skills: This objective highlights techniques for better reception, retention and recall through audio and visual learning techniques. It helps to improve skills by employing all senses, associating and following systematic review plans.
  15. Special skills: Besides the above, organizations also impart special job-related skills. These may include technology training, report writing, technical training, quality assessments etc.

An organization may choose to impart training in any or many of the objectives mentioned above. But before one invests it is important to choose a trainer who is good and capable of making a positive difference with his or her training methodologies. Also organizational training needs to be undertaken keeping the mission and the vision statement of the organization in view.

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