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Building Sustainable Training Plans

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With a subscription to CBT Nuggets your team has access to an incredible library of IT training.

So how can you ensure that they use it well? More specifically, what’s your strategy for your team’s training success?

In this blog post we’ll give a few foundational tips for creating smart and sustainable training plans.

Define Success
Teams that do well in their training have clearly defined goals that have been clearly communicated. If the measure of success is unclear, or goals are too vaguely defined, teams tend to struggle getting traction in their training.

So how will you measure success for your team? Will it be course completion? Certification? A certain number of hours trained per month? Our Team Goal-setting Workbook is a great tool to help you clarify success and create realistic timelines, and our Accountability Coaches can help you think through the best strategy for your team.

Have Each Team Member Create a Training Plan
Flexibility is one of the greatest strengths of online learning. You can train anytime, anywhere. But flexibility also is what makes putting off training so tempting. After all, it’s human nature to put off things that are flexible. That’s why creating structure for your training, and developing a study plan, is so crucial. A good study plan will consider all the work you need to accomplish to complete a course or prepare for a certification. We recommend creating plans with weekly goals. These goals would include all the videos Nuggets, review, practice exams, and lab work your team will need to get done each week in order to stay on track to achieve your long-term training goals. Our customizable study plan is a great tool to help you do this. We will explore some tips for setting realistic training goals in another blog post later this week.

Build Rhythm into your Annual Plan.
Each season of the year is different. Some seasons will permit more time to train than others, and wise managers plan for this to maximize the development of their team. There is the rhythm of training for ongoing education, and then there is the rhythm of training for a certification exam. The two are very different and planning the training pace for each season of the year is important. When will your team profit most by training at an aggressive pace? When will they do best by slowing down?

Every good athlete knows the importance of training hard for a season and then resting for another. Similarly, music is made not only from the deliberate playing of notes, but also from the pauses in-between. There is a time to play, and a time to pause. Build a healthy rhythm into your team’s training plan by considering the different seasons and paces to the year. Tactically, this can be achieved by increasing minimum training time when seasonal workloads allow for extra time or by offsetting challenging goals with less difficult ones to keep team members fresh and invigorated.

Following these tactical steps will not only ensure your team members have clear attainable goals for their training, but also build trust in you as their manager through clear communication and support — and that is a winning combination for any team!

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