There's No Such Thing as too Much Training
In a fast-moving world the only constant is change and failure to adapt risks stagnation. Indeed, to learn is to evolve and to evolve is to thrive, no matter the industry. Never let it be said that you or your colleagues can have too much training. Believing as much will result in you falling behind.
Be in no doubt, there is always something to be learned. Whether your organisation operates in the leisure, healthcare, hospitality or retail sector new information and processes abound and proclaiming to be an expert in all is plain ignorance.
Even those well versed in a subject can uncover courses that present a different way of thinking, one that challenges their own perceptions. Accepting an alternative outlook is a matter of preference but acknowledging it is to broaden your understanding.
Admittedly, training without respite can overwhelm even the keenest students. It pays to enrol on courses that are relevant to your role, with teachings you can implement soon afterwards. Yet embracing training and venues conducive to it will help personal and collective development alike.
Below are further reasons to peruse a lifetime of learning…
Firstly, training brings fulfilment. Coming away from a session feeling you have truly learned something affords its own sense of accomplishment. Setting goals that training helps you realise will make you happier in the long-run. In fact, research suggests the more ambitious those targets, the happier those that achieve them. Simply put, a well-trained workforce is a buoyant one and companies the world over strive for such positivity.
Elsewhere, training allows a business to reinvent itself. Failure to modernise can lead to dissatisfied clients and in turn, a loss in revenue. There is an expectancy for everyone from data analysts to hoteliers to move with the times and that necessitates regular training. The latter will help your organisation stay relevant and – crucially - ahead of the curve.
Attending training events meanwhile will boost the confidence of participants. Armed with new information, previously timid employees can feel empowered to contribute more. Make no mistake, having the knowledge to support an opinion and/or argument increases the likelihood of it being voiced in the first instance. This can of course take the form of strategy, design, code, testing…. in fact, it can be translated to any field.
On a personal level, completing regular training will help with career progression. The more you know and the more you demonstrate, the better the chances of you establishing yourself as a key figure within the company. Gurus soon become invaluable and irreplaceable, securing bonuses and promotions along the way.
Of course, should the worst happen and you find yourself out of work, the completion of several training sessions over the years will help improve any curriculum viate and ensure the search for employment is short-lived.
Completing training courses will make employees better team players. How? By paying it forward. Once someone is comfortable with what they have been taught and have proven as much in real time situations – such as out on a shop floor – they can soon show others the ropes. The sharing of knowledge is to the betterment of any business.
Training does of course extend to management level; wherein directors need to learn more than anyone else by virtue of the fact they have greater responsibility. By demonstrating a willingness to learn, business leaders can both endear and integrate themselves to the wider workforce. Undertaking personal development truly is the best kind of leadership.
Finally, training is healthy. Indeed, exercising your brain helps keep it sharp and functioning at a high level. Moreover, taking on new information will ensure you remain engaged and motivated, keeping professional satisfaction high.
Evidently then there is no such thing as too much training. That said, there is such a thing as too much bad training. Indeed, the best sessions are those hosted in a venue conducive to the learning experience. To overlook the importance of location is to stage a bad event and jeopardise the very point of it.
When it comes to the organisation of a training event there are a number of factors that absolutely must be considered. The first of those is the facility itself and access to it.
Lectures, seminars and the like delivered in a building that is near impossible to reach are unlikely to attract the masses. A professional company will test transport links before settling on a final location. Similarly, they will take it upon themselves to ensure disabled access is appropriate and car parking is available either on-site or nearby.
Almost all training sessions meanwhile necessitate the taking of notes. The latter is of course dependent on stationary being distributed to all attendees. A dedicated conference centre will supply pens, paper, highlighters and more as part of a training package. Expecting the same guarantee from leisure hotels is somewhat naive. Enquiring as to exactly what will be provided is always sound practice.
That same principle extends to equipment, technical and non-technical. Long gone are the days when a lecturer would simply stand at the head of class and talk at attendees. The learning experience is enhanced with the incorporation of audio, video, projectors and the like.
An underwhelming training session would be one where devices are lacking. DVD players, laptops, microphones, speakers, television sets, white boards and WI-FI are now essential elements and should be sourced by trainers if unavailable at their chosen venue.
Elsewhere, attendees can be forgiven for thinking there is such a thing as too much training if no breaks are afforded throughout the day. Regular intervals – wherein guests can enter a breakout area - are essential. Not all venues can offer an adjoining room or dining area, with many holding functions in every available space. Lane End Conferences do not fall into that category and will also allow for the reconfiguration of rooms to suit bespoke sessions.
Training held with us will also benefit from comfortable seating, appropriate (and adjustable) lighting, storage space and good acoustics – crucial elements to a successful training day.
Finally, refreshments are both welcomed and expected. Training can often prove heavy going and nourishment is essential if learners are to get the most out of their learning experience. Hungry, tired and irritable classrooms do not make for productive ones.
In summary, there is no such thing as too much good training, but the latter is dependant on so much more than the lecturer and their content. Just as important is the environment in which a session is delivered. If that falls below expectations the sad reality is the course itself will follow suit.
If you would like more information on the training facilities Lane End Conferences has to offer, please get in touch here of call us on 01494 881171.