No train, no gain: why effective learning is essential
3 October 2013
Recent reports in the media show that issues in the workplace are seldom out of the press, with discrimination and bullying claims often grabbing headlines.
Not only do employers have a responsibility under law to address equal employment opportunity issues in their workplaces, they also need to ensure that any complaints received are dealt with effectively. Recent cases receiving media attention, such as one company's "inept" sexual harassment investigation and two high profile cases involving sexual harassment allegations against CEOs, serve as reminders that comprehensive, effective training must be provided across the board. This includes training those who deal with complaints such as managers and HR staff.
While any organisation can put in place policies and guidelines regarding workplace behaviour and dealing with complaints, actually educating employees about their responsibilities can prove more of a challenge.
The most effective EEO training courses will not only inform employees about ethical and lawful behaviour, but will also promote good practice regarding positive workplace culture and organisational values. Combining this with training for management and HR staff will help an organisation to cover all bases.
Workplace Reality Theatre programs use an innovative training technique which involves professional actors staging re-enactments of real-life workplace situations. This immediately makes the learning experience more interesting and is incredibly effective in boosting engagement on the day.
There are a number of further advantages to using this type of training program;
Cater for different learning styles
The commonly used VARK theory of learning preferences suggests there are four different types of learners - Visual, Aural, Read/Write and Kinaesthetic. Many people have a combination of these different preferences. Workplace Reality Theatre caters for all categories, and therefore is excellent for meeting the needs of diverse and unique workplaces.
Participation breeds engagement
According to research, putting newly learned skills and information into practice can be an effective way to improve and reinforce learning. Because Workplace Reality Theatre utilises an 'observe, analyse and practice' philosophy, these courses give employees a chance to learn and understand best practice, while also participating in exercises that are designed to engage them on a personal level and further their learning.
Generic training material is often broad and does not necessarily apply to the situations of your individual employees. When delivered on site, Workplace Reality Theatre programs can be tailored to suit your organisation's specific environment, providing examples and learning material relevant to your employees.
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