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The MAPP Plastic Industry Discussion Forum allows members to rapidly communicate with each other. Post both questions and answers to questions that other MAPP members have about any industry topic from material and process issues to R&E Tax Credits and other business issues.

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Plastic Industry Forum - Converse with Plastics Processing Leaders / Business / New Training Techniques to Inspire Learning
Posted:  08 Jan 2016 02:27
Dear MAPP Member HR Professionals:

I am currently looking for new and innovative ways to help my employees learn and retain information. Are any MAPP members doing any thing unique and different?

My responsibilities cover a wide variety of training topics typically associated with change or improvement to current systems (i.e. implementing a new module in our ERP system or changing the process for requesting and completing engineering change orders.)

I tend to create new work instructions, send them out a week in advance of training, and use a Power Point presentation to get my major points across once in the training room.

Is any MAPP member willing to share some different techniques they are using to improve retention and effectiveness of training?

Thank you for any help you can provide!

Josh Bleck
Manufacturing Engineer
Dickten Masch Plastics, LLC
Nashotah, WI  53058
262-369-5555 Ext: 418
Posted:  10 Jan 2016 19:21
Josh, thanks for the update.  Here is your list of feedback as it stands today from the HR professionals in MAPP. I've also added the segment on using video as the last bullet point.

1. Ask questions which require an answer other than yes or no to verify understanding of the topic
2. Try incorporating games into the training for employee engagement and to help make it more fun
3. Have an experienced employee conduct the training for his or her coworkers while I oversee the training.  This will help portray the training in a way that his or her coworkers will understand and that they can relate to.
4. Add a practice session to the training soon after the training has been conducted.  Have the trainees practice what they’ve learned and demonstrate they understand.
5. Incorporate the use of Video into training to keep things new and fresh. Since Youtube provides a method to upload and archive footage, one major training trends involves the use of this media.  Simple to use and the cost is a non-issue.

Troy NIx
Posted:  14 Jan 2016 17:23
The best way is to select some employees who are affected and let them be a part of developing the training. Let them help you develop and roll out to the other employees? 

Harold Colwell
Posted:  14 Jan 2016 20:25
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