Build Your Own IT Training Program
Professional development success begins with identifying the essential elements of a training program. Explore five easy steps to build your own program.
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Even if you're building a training program from scratch, there's plenty you can do to encourage a robust training culture at your office. Communicating your priorities around training is essential. Without establishing a training infrastructure, you run the risk of losing your training investment.
Create Space: Designate a conference room or other space where training happens for a few hours each day.
Allot Time: Establish clear expectations for your team around training time for the week. Keep in mind that just 10 minutes a day will add up to more than 60 hours of training in the course of the year.
Incentivize Training: Incentives can demonstrate the value of training, improve team attitudes, serve as an effective recruiting tool, and increase short-term success rates.
Celebrate Success: Be intentional about celebrating your team and their achievements. Whether it be a recognition program, gift cards, bonuses, or simply verbal recognition at the next team meeting, take steps to celebrate success in order to repeat it.
Put it in Writing: Clearly articulate your expectations for the team by drafting an official training policy. Use the policy as an opportunity to identify goals, limits, rewards, and requirements.
Building a training program lays the foundation for your team's ongoing success. It provides the infrastructure needed to ensure team members' growth and development, making your team more effective and efficient.
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