July 2008

Maximize employee potential with ACTIVE training

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by Jeanne Schehl, ED.D.
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You already know training roofing workers is essential. They, of course, need to learn how to install roof systems, use proper safety measures and behave appropriately at job sites. But conducting training isn't easy—to do it well, there are many issues you need to consider. Helping employees learn new skills, gain knowledge and improve attitudes can be challenging and requires creativity, flexibility, insight, knowledge and patience.

It helps to have a framework you can use to approach training. ACTIVE training can increase the likelihood training will result in employees' improved job performances. ACTIVE training is effective because it is matched to a group's characteristics (appropriate level); understands and overcomes cultural and language barriers (culturally sensitive); enhances the transfer of training to the workplace (transferable); establishes its importance for employees and focuses on topics' most critical aspects (important); uses a mix of teaching methods (varied); and requires employees to be active (experience-based).

Appropriate level

When planning training, it is important you consider your employees' backgrounds. For training materials to be effective, your employees must understand and be comfortable with them, so knowing your employees' education and literacy...

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