Friday, October 7, 2011

Education in the Workplace

Workplace education programs (WEP) can lead to positive rise in company morale. Companies can utilize this in small ways with educational handouts, education breaks as a group, or by providing full or half day classes to employees. In either case, learning interesting things keeps people inspired and exercises their minds. Employees will feel like you value them since it supports their personal goals of furthering their careers. Knowing their company is investing in them makes them feel secure in their position.

That being said, workplace education programs can be boring and if the classes aren’t challenging enough to hold employee interest, it can negate all of the positive results that can result from these programs.

Here are some ideas to keep your education programs enjoyable.

Divide employees into groups – Groups create healthy competition and encourages collaboration. They also help employees get acquainted with each other better, which can lead to an even more supportive team environment.

Give Incentives – Whether presented to groups or individuals, incentives can be a fantastic way to encourage people to pay attention and do their best.

Be Playful – Turning education into a game will help with retention of the materials being taught. Additionally, games also help to develop team-building skills.

Implementing education programs in the workplace not only supports your company by creating a more educated work environment but also promotes personal development. These programs can be exciting and a fun method to break up the week. If offering classes isn't something that your company can do in the future, try implementing something on a smaller scale, for example giving your staff a subject to study after which holding a quiz. Divide the group into teams and create a game out it.  The team with the most right answers wins donuts and coffee the next day. Workplace education programs can be scaled to fit your company; what is important is that, when done right, workplace education programs can have a strong positive effect on your company overall.

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