Top 5 Employee Training Techniques in 21st Century Workspace

Employee training is a crucial part of an organization’s success and development. A well-trained and upskilled team is guaranteed to be productive and efficient in contributing at a high level to their organization. The awareness of importance of effective employee training is enhancing by the day. The next step is to choose and customize the right employee training method your your team/organization. Each method come with their own pros and con based on different situations. As learning facilitators and coaches, we need to identify the best suited methods and style to train / upskill at an individual, team and/or an overall organizational level.

The top 5 methods of employee development that are seen in the 21st Century work scenario are:

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Improving Leadership Skills

A good leader is able to nurture and showcase the best abilities in their team members and motivate themselves and others to work as a team in excelling a shared goal. A good leader keeps the team on track of efforts and timelines by being organized and focused on the main vision of the team/ organization.

Some notable skills that we need to keep in mind for enhancing – to lead in the challenging and changing styles in current work scenarios are:

  • Relationship building.
  • Adaptability and change management.
  • Creativity and Innovations.
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Conflict management and Negotiation.
  • Critical Thinking.
  • Employee motivation.

There are many ways to improve your leadership skills, so here are a few suggestions to get you on the path to becoming a better leader.

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Managing Burnout with Positivity

In the today’s world with lots of changes in the styles of working and managing work teams and families, burnout cases have significantly increased and was acknowledged by the WHO as a frequent occurrence in 2019. During the pandemic, the blurring of border and balance between work and life has made burnout even bigger matter of concern. A recent survey on global mental health found that more than 40% of the employees feel more levels of stress when compared to the times before the pandemic.

It can be hard to predict when one will be affected by stress or burnout. People may feel varying levels of fatigue and low feeling, and we usually get to realize stress and burnout pretty later after it has seeped in. The good news is that there are wats one can do to avoid stress and burnout from reaching high levels.

In order to understand when we are on the road to burnout, we need to watch out for the following signs:
• Feeling like every day is a bad day
• Caring about your life and work and related issues seems very energy and time consuming
• Feeling fatigued and exhausted often
• Feeling unvalued or unappreciated for your efforts

Let us also point on the personality traits that can contribute to burnout:
• Perfectionist and high achieving tendencies: feeling that nothing is ever good enough
• Pessimistic view of self, others and the environment
• The need to be in control: reluctance to delegate to others

Another major thing we need to understand in order to manage and avoid stress / burnout is to identify when we are stressed and when burnt-out. Although the two terms are usually interchanged, their major difference is that unmanaged stress turns into burnout. The following are some observable differences between stress and burnout, which we can use to identify our states of mind.

StressBurnout
Characterized by over engagement
Emotions are over reactive
Produces urgency and hyperactivity
Loss of energy
Leads to anxiety disorders
Primary damage is physical  
Characterized by disengagement
Emotions are blunted
Produces helplessness and hopelessness
Loss of motivation, ideals, and hope
Leads to detachment and depression
Primary damage is emotional  

One technique recommended by psychologists to manage and prevent burnout is the ‘Three R’ approach.

  • Recognize – Watch for the warning signs of burnout.
  • Reverse – Undo the damage by managing stress and seeking support.
  • Resilience – Build your resilience to stress by taking care of your physical and emotional health.

Few more ways to cope with these feelings and personality traits are:
• Start the day with a relaxing ritual.
• Adopt healthy life-style habits
• Set boundaries: Don’t overextend yourself. Learn how to say “no” and “I don’t know”
• Take a daily break from technology: Reduce screen time and disconnect from external stressors
• Nourish your creative side – Creativity is a powerful antidote to burnout.
• Fell free and trust others by delegating work and giving work responsibility

Sometimes the best and the most productive job we can do is to ‘JUST RELAX’!