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Improve training programs by addressing employee motivation

Employee engagement and motivation help determine whether training programs are successful.

Employees are key to the success of any organization. They make sure that products are manufactured correctly, marketing strategies are on target and businesses are operating efficiently, among other things. Because of their essential role in operations, many companies invest a significant amount of time and money in training programs for their staff members. However, a whitepaper by Forum found that employee engagement and motivation helped determine whether training programs are actually successful.

Two professors from Northwestern University who conducted the Forum study tracked the performance of state workers attending a two-day workshop. They found that the training worked best for employees who are already engaged in their jobs, understand what their bosses expect from them and are motivated to improve their performance. The study showed that companies seeking to boost the results of their training programs first need to address their staff members' engagement levels.

"It appears that intangible elements such as how employees feel about their jobs are important," the study concluded. 

So how can companies address worker motivation to improve the results of training initiatives? Incentive Central stated that reward and recognition programs are vital to the process. Citing a poll by Gallup, the source noted that 82 percent of employees feel that receiving praise inspires them to work harder.

Taking the time to acknowledge accomplishments within the workplace can build a more supportive environment that increases engagement. With the right corporate culture, businesses will find they have more success when implementing new procedures and skill development programs. Reward initiatives also provide additional benefits for management, according to Incentive Central. Established benchmarks create a way to measure worker performance and let firms track staff member behavior. Clearly reinforcing values sends a consistent message to team members about expectations, which prove to be a vital part of improving training programs' results, according to the Forum whitepaper.

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