Health and Safety training is not always an employees‘ favourite workplace learning topic. With any adult education, the topic must be relevant to the learner in order for the best knowledge transfer to occur. In other words, the topic must be important to the employee, in order for them to really learn what is being taught. Many workplace health and safety training programs include videos demonstrating typical ‘accidents’ which can occur. Videos, and blended learning health and safety training are cost effective and efficient, however it is often a way to ‘check a box’, in that due diligence was accomplished. In-person training where conversations and sharing can occur are a more effective method, however this too is often ‘required’ training. When adults choose to learn, this is the best educational experience.
Workplaces should take advantage of ‘in-the-moment’ coaching, mentoring, training, and leadership opportunities when ‘near misses’ occur (based on research evidence). An ‘almost’ accident, should be corrected immediately, and then LEARN from the experience. Sharing what almost happened can raise awareness in employees, so that they can avoid workplace injuries. Just-in-time learning is important because the employee cares when an accident almost occurred and is then willing to be part of the change, and choose to learn from the experience.
Health and Safety is very important; quality and regular workplace training demonstrates that this is a priority for management. Ongoing health and safety awareness education can improve the workplace culture, and increase employee’s interest in this learning topic. A facilitator at a certification training I attended said “when staff are sick and tired of the information, then they have learned it.” Repeating information is important, however being intentional to include a variety of learning mediums improves interest in all workplace education. (For example using videos)
Infection prevention, ergonomics, winter slips and falls, health & wellness, i.e. mental health in the workplace (to name a few) awareness training issues, can all be developed to be fun, interactive, experiential and memorable. Examples of creative work place training can include: interactive group activities, games, discussions, stories, videos, handouts, and visuals. Developing and offering interesting educational opportunities in the work place, encourages employees to ‘want’ to learn.
No matter what the workplace training topic is, the learning and development should engage employees with quality training, raising their awareness, and be relevant. Workplace learning should occur in planned ‘training sessions’, AND ‘in the moment’ coaching opportunities.
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