Our Methodology - Workplace Reality Theatre

Workplace Reality Theatre



iHR Australia’s signature methodology – Workplace Reality Theater

A signature feature of all iHR Australia’s workplace training solutions is the use of our unique training methodology – Workplace Reality Theatre. Workplace Reality Theatre consists of professional actors re-enacting real workplace situations. The scenarios featured in re-enactments have been specifically chosen for each program and highlight various common workplace behaviours. This allows those taking part in the training to observe the problems which are being discussed and to connect the scenarios and behaviour to their own work environment.

This approach helps to make the lessons learned more “real” for participants and to facilitate effective learning transfer. The use of live actors enables participants to become more emotionally engaged and creates a higher level of interest and involvement. Live acting makes subtle behaviours, such as body language, gestures and tone of voice, more clear for the audience and assists the facilitator in explaining and demonstrating desired behaviour and good practice, in comparison to examples of poor behaviour.

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Our experienced facilitators use the acted scenes as the basis for discussions, where the scenarios are dissected and analysed to allow training participants to gain a deeper understanding of the subject matter. For In-House training programs, the re-enactments can be tailored to suit a workplace environment, culture and specific objectives to ensure training remains relevant to your organisation.

Feedback regarding our re-enactments shows this methodology helps participants to actively identify and discuss the implications of workplace behaviour, management style and HR practices, building their confidence and competence long after leaving the training room. The use of this methodology in iHR Australia’s training programs has been described by participants as “engaging”, “dynamic”, “entertaining” and “easy to understand”.


Adult Learning Principles

iHR Australia blends well-researched adult learning principles into the delivery of our training courses. This ensures our workplace training programs are designed to achieve maximum engagement and transfer of knowledge. These include:

Active learning – Encouraging discussion, participation and interaction with actors to ensure participants are engaged in learning.

Multi-sense learning – We support visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learners with a range of stimuli to make sure every participant gets the most out of our courses.

Primacy and recency – To ensure participants are focused on the primary goal of the training, we cover the key points and takeaways in the first and last parts of our sessions and ‘chunk up’ information into mini sessions, to aid retention.

Feedback and reward – Relevant responses are validated by facilitators. Participants are kept informed of progress through the learning path and are given the opportunity to ask questions and explore an area more deeply.

Practice and repetition – Regular summaries encourage retention, while physical participation also allows adult learners to absorb the utmost level of information and learning.

Meaningful material – Using Workplace Reality Theatre and case studies makes the training relatable, participants are faced with situations they recognise and have a desire to learn about.

Holistic Learning – The content of our programs sits in logical frameworks and participants are reminded how lessons fit into the big picture and how the training will benefit them in their roles.


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