HR TRENDS: STIMULATING INNOVATION THROUGH TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT

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For some companies innovation is a core value, exerted in every action. For others, it’s a competitiveness requirement. In both cases, innovation is an essential growth factor that can be stimulated through training and development initiatives.

Several studies show that companies that master innovation have invested considerably in training and development programs. In these initiatives, employees can develop their creativity and their problem-solving skills, becoming better at adapting to change and improving their flexibility.

By advancing job performance and employee engagement, training and development initiatives can stimulate inventiveness and improve a company’s competitive edge.

As an HR manager, you have to balance performance and innovation through your human talent pool. The best way to achieve that is to empower and equip employees with the necessary knowledge and experiences and build their commitment. Encourage each individual to develop their unique talent and assert it in a stimulating working environment.

Now here’s what you need to keep in mind when creating a training and development program:

1. NEEDS ASSESSMENT

Not all of your employees have the same level of understanding, preparation, skill or experience. They also have individual expectations, each of them based on their particular career path and aspirations.

Your job is to find out what your starting level is and where they want to get. Naturally, it’s also your job to correlate those goals with the company’s objectives, what you need your employees to know and the level that they are expected to reach to ensure performance.

One of the top 3 reasons why employees leave a company is the lack of development opportunities. Keep an eye on your team’s Happiness Index. Use Hppy to ask questions and poll employees, inviting them to also send anonymous feedback with their honest needs and expectations.

This process will also help you gain employee commitment and ensure their willingness to participate in the programs because they want to, not because they have to. After all, you’ll be delivering information that they want to obtain because it will help them grow further.

2. CRAFTING THE CURRICULUM

Based on the results of your needs assessment, you have a clear starting point of how the agenda for your training and development program will look like.

Using your strategic overview of what employees want and need, what the company wants and needs and how it all links together, you can start drafting your curriculum.

Start with your company’s objectives, such as stimulating innovation and initiative. Set overall objectives for the entire program, as well as specific objectives for each individual block or session in the agenda.

Involve your management body in this planning process to make sure that their needs are also met and incorporated in the objectives you’ve set.

Be careful not to fall into a common trap and educate too broadly. 91% of companies usually rely on standard, enterprise-wide ethics and compliance instructional programs, preventing employees from receiving targeted information to help them in their day-to-day work. (Source: LRN)

To keep employees in the loop and make sure you’re on the right track, you could send an initial draft for feedback. The same goes for the management team, constantly ask for feedback and suggestions from their part as well….

Source: Blog – Hppy

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