For many corporate training teams, the lull in business-as-usual is a strange, stressful time. But it can also be a blessing in disguise. As you adjust to new remote practices – from setting up your own work-from-home stations to handling virtual-only training – you get a new perspective on your status quo.
Take advantage of that new perspective to give your corporate training programs a refresh. Whether you have 10 minutes a day or 2 hours free, set aside some time to jot down your ideas and start making some changes.
Read on for our 4 tips for corporate training spring cleaning, plus 10 free webinars, ebooks, and blog posts to get you started:
- Update Your Training Documents
- Plan Future Training Projects
- Brush Up on Training Skills
- Measure Your Training
Let’s dive into them!
1. Update Your Training Documents
Here at Mimeo, we interact with training teams at the moment you distribute your training documents, so we are all too aware of how many documents need an update.
Use this time to review your workbooks, manuals, job aids, and other materials for:
- Updates to policy or regulations
- Updated internal brand standards
- Updated design needs (here are 3 tips for effective graphic design)
Once you’ve reviewed materials, make a priority list and start working on your revisions!
Keep in mind that if you print with Mimeo, you don’t have to update the entire document to make one small change. You can simply switch out one page or section. Read more about that here.
2. Plan Future Projects
You probably have a laundry list of things you wish you could get done. Now is the time to start planning.
Keep in mind, you don’t have to focus on net-new projects. You may want to do a revamp of existing programs, whether that’s adding prework or giving your handouts a makeover. Or you may want to think outside the box with new, non-ILT programs, such as microlearning or starting a learning community of practice.
Begin by compiling a list of ideas to start prioritizing. For each program, build a project plan that includes:
- What the project goal is
- What resources (people, technology, and otherwise) you’ll need to accomplish it
- What kind of timeline you need
(Click here for 10 project plan templates).
3. Brush Up On Training Skills
Now more than ever, it is important to be up-to-snuff on your skills. Build time into your schedule to make sure you are on top of the skills that will set you apart as a first-class corporate training professional.
To get you started, here are some of the free resources we have available to you at Mimeo:
- Virtual Facilitation Skills: How to Handle Technology Trauma in a Virtual Classroom
- PowerPoint Skills: Advanced PowerPoint for Trainers
- Video Skills: How to Create Fast and Affordable Training Videos
4. Take the Time to Measure Your Training
Measuring the effectiveness of corporate training remains one of the most elusive practices. Most training teams are stymied by lack of time and lack of data. Now is the time to change that.
Looking at past programs or upcoming future ones, identify the business goals for each one. Then work backwards to understand the KPIs you need to measure and how you will capture that data.
To get started, watch our free webinar with Jessica Coburn on how she developed a sophisticated measurement strategy for her in-house training team.
Be sure to stay in touch with your stakeholders to make sure you measure what they care about. For example, you may be focusing on how many customer service representatives resolve an issue within one call, while management is focused on driving engagement to the online chat function. Check out this webinar on earning your seat at the table for tips on how to have those conversations.
At some point, business will return to normal. By taking the time to reflect, plan, and build skills, you’ll be poised as a first-class trainer to hit the ground running. Tell us how you’re making the most of this time in the comments below!