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Training Tools: 3 Ways to Measure Effective Training

Employee training is an essential part of any corporation. Expectedly, most spend quite a bit of time and money on training programs. Frequently all of that time and money goes to waste if you’re not keeping track of how active your employee training is. Ahead, we’ll take a look at three ways that you can measure the effectiveness of employee training so that you can better manage and get the most out of it.

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1. Pretests and Post tests

One of the most immediate ways to check the effectiveness of training is to administer tests. A pretest will gauge the employee’s knowledge or performance before being trained. Offering a post-test will evaluate the employee’s knowledge or performance afterward. Measuring these against each other will give you an idea of how helpful the exercise was to your employee. If your employees consistently underperform in certain areas, you’ll be able to identify these as areas that your program is struggling in and adjust it accordingly.

Post tests can also be a valuable way for you to record your employees’ reactions to the training. You want your employees to feel that their courses were helpful and worth their time, and allowing them the option to leave feedback shortly after completing a course will help your company stay on target.

 2. Follow-Up Interviews

The next level of identifying effectiveness measures changes in behavior and performance over time. Having regular interviews with your employees will help monitor if the employee training is taking hold in practice. If your employees are learning the material they are taught, and their performance is not changing, it may be time to reevaluate whether your employee training is aligning with your company’s goals.

3. Company Outcomes

The long-term determinant of training effectiveness is the impact on your business as a whole. The impact can be the most difficult thing to measure, and yet, the most important. It determines whether you’re getting tangible benefits out of the time and money you invest in training your employees. Some of these outcomes may include:

  • Company Earnings
  • Workplace Morale
  • Waste and Misplaced Funds
  • Customer Satisfaction

These results may not manifest immediately, but measuring these things can help to identify problems or shortcomings further down the line. Interested in more closely monitoring your employee training? Get an LMS that works with you to create the best possible programs for your company. Torch LMS was designed by business learning professionals to address many of the corporate learning world’s most pressing needs. Click the 'watch now' button for a personalized demo of how Torch LMS can provide you with real results for your business.

 

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