Most who enter the Human Resources disciplines due so out of a desire to help others and to help the organization to align their employee workforce with the goals of the company to further productivity. Often times, however, we forget to let our leaders lead. Especially as an organization grows, HR functions need to adopt a “train the trainer” approach more than a train everyone approach. Although enlightened organizations put their full support and resources into HR functions, the team still has a responsibility to be able to scale the organization without adding significant numbers of HR team members. Efficiency is key.
Train- the- trainer
A train-the-trainer model allows experienced trainers to show a less-experienced individuals how to deliver courses, workshops and seminars. http://work.chron.com/train-trainer-model-5463.html Usually, a new instructor first observes a training event led by the course designer. A train-the-trainer approach can build a pool of competent instructors who can then teach the material to other people. Instead of having just one instructor who teaches a course for a long time, you have multiple instructors teaching the same course at the same time. This ensures that employees get timely training to complete tasks according to company policies and procedures.
SME’s or subject matter experts exist in all corners of the organizations and at all levels. It is a fairly good bet that your excel gurus are not sitting in the corner office. Tap those resources! Find out how has a skill set that the rest of the organization could benefit from and engage the SME to deliver the training. This serves two purposes. One, it enhances your pool of trainers and two, it gives well deserved recognition to a group of people who might be overlooked otherwise, further engaging them in the business.
Step out of the way
The inclination is to teach every class to every audience, but the real goal is to get the training out to a broad audience in a timely manner. Like a proud parent, you need to teach your junior trainers your techniques, ensure that they know their material, do a few dry runs with them and then let them launch. Will it be perfect, no. Will it improve with time, yes and will you gain far more by engaging your workforce then trying to do it all yourself, a big YES!
Training is not a one and done. It is a process over an unending period of time that, done correctly, not only teaches a new skill, but also engages and inspires a workforce to do greater things both in their work and personal lives.