The Secret to Being a Workplace Training Ninja


Let’s face the facts: training your employees is expensive. And putting the word “ninja” in the title of this post certainly does not make the realities of training any more better, or fun in the least bit. There is a great cost to you to teach your people how to do things “your way,” but hopefully it all pays off when they take that training and your business and workflow is better organized.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen that way. It’s not easy as cake.

Training your employees seems to work for a day or two and then everyone goes back to doing things the way they always have. So how do you change the culture of your work place and finally make a training program that will work for your employees? Follow these rules and your next training program will [hopefully] be a success.

Show the Method to your Madness

It feels like most training programs are there just to frustrate employees. Most of employees think it’s just you- making a change for the sake of change and being a tyrant. It’s important to communicate to your employees why you are doing things this way.

This will give them a better understanding of why training matters to the overall success of the business. Sometimes seeing the whole picture helps the employee get involved in the steps.

Make It Necessary

This is an important step. Change in the workplace, especially when dealing with long standing employees, should be brought about by a real need for improvement in an area. Bringing about training programs for things that aren’t in need of fixing is just a waste of money and will result in a training program that falls on deaf ears. You’ll get rogue employees… and those are the worst.

Be Hands On

This is an effective tool to training that has been used for decades. People learn better when they are asked to do the activity, as opposed to listening to lectures or taking written tests. People learn best when they are doing the job so make sure that as part of your training program there is a lot of time to be hands on. This will ensure that your employees learn in the best way possible.

Be Flexible

No training program is so good that it can’t ever be improved upon. The fact is that employees will respond better to training when they feel like they have some input on the process. This doesn’t mean you have to listen to everything an employee says, but if they find a better way to accomplish a portion of the job then you should consider putting that into the training. You are looking to implement change so let the employees help you do that.


Just because you spend three days learning about something doesn’t mean your employees have it down. Most of the time your employees need extra attention in learning the ins and outs of the process. Make sure you are following up with your employees and giving them extra training when they need it. This will keep them from reverting back to the old way of doing things and improving upon the knowledge they learned in the training program. That equals better business for you.

Training is important to your business- if these ideas don’t set the flooring for a good program, there’s plenty of workplace training resources available. These can open your eyes to different techniques and tricks.

What ideas do you have to train your employees?

About the Author:  Elysabeth Teeko spends her time stalking technology, social media news and interior decorating. She loves to spend her time writing on new topics and broadening her expertise. You can follow her at @Elysateek.

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