The Benefits of Learning Outside the Traditional Classroom

You’re striving to build a company that’s different. You want your in-house employees to maximize their talents. Maybe you’re wanting them to follow the processes you’ve outlined for them more carefully. Perhaps you want to encourage them to think on their feet with certain situations. How can you get them to reach their full potential?

If you’re requiring them to sit down and learn your processes classroom-style, a tiny amount of the information you give them will be remembered.

Here are the benefits of learning through experience rather than in the traditional classroom. Consider all of these reasons when relaying information to your staff.

1. Retention

Say no more, right? All you’ve ever dreamed of is to host a learning session about your company’s processes and actually have your workers absorb the information.

However, if you sit them down in a traditional classroom-style of teaching and list off fact after fact to them, they won’t retain as much info as you’d like. Depending on the subject, that can lead to them getting injured or making a big mistake on the job.

All of that can be avoided if you help them learn through experience. It takes the right leadership approach to organize such a teaching method.

Think about it this way. Which would you have an easier time remembering? Sitting in a chair and having someone list off steps to properly cleaning a wet spot on the floor or someone teaches you the steps by listing them out as you complete them?

2. Adaptability

Simply put, there is no better way to gain the skill of resourcefulness or adaptability than by going through real-life experiences.

It’s for that exact reason that colleges demand their students to complete an internship before they graduate. Because, at the end of the day, they won’t apply the information they’ve learned in school until they’ve had real-world experience.

More than that, they wouldn’t have the confidence to think on their feet and adjust to unforeseen situations. Four years of reading books and passing tests won’t teach you that, hands-on experience will.

For that reason, you need to find a different way of training your employees. Find ways to incorporate on-the-job experience so that they can learn how to adapt on-the-fly.

Not all of your employees learn best in a traditional classroom setting. Learn the benefits of holding trainings outside and through experiences.

3. Perseverance

Everyone reading this knows that it’s easy to give up when the going gets tough. But most situations only seem “tough” when you aren’t properly educated on how to correctly adapt to them.

That lack of knowledge can lead to frustration. Frustration, as you may very well know, can lead to your best in-house talent quitting and walking out the door.

Training your staff through experiences helps them get a better understanding of the best practices for certain situations.

Because they’ve retained more information through experiential learning, they have more information at their disposal to make decisions under pressure. If one thing doesn’t work, they’ll try the next thing that you taught them.

Think of CPR training, for example. You don’t just read a pamphlet on it and suddenly understand how to perform CPR. The CPR course requires that you practice on a dummy numerous times to get the method down pat.

More than that, the CPR instructor throws several different scenarios at you so that you’re prepared for almost any situation.

The way that you train your employees needs to be on par with CPR training. It needs to be hands-on, needs to be exhaustive, and needs to prepare them for almost anything.

4. Learning Through Failure

It’s very likely that you and your employees, or anyone else for that matter, will fail when trying something new for the first time. It takes a learning curve to better yourself at certain tasks.

Now, which setting would you prefer that learning curve to happen in: a) the experiential training session that you’ve established or b) on the work floor during a business day?

By providing your staff with a training course that teaches through experience, you’re allowing them a safe place to fail, and that’s a good thing!

By putting them through different scenarios and simulations, they have the space to fail without it being a detriment to the company. From there, they can view their mistakes, learn from them, and make mental notes on how to avoid that mistake in the future.

5. Increases the Return on Investment for Your Company

Time to face facts: if you take the time and energy into training your staff, then you want to make sure it actually works.

You’ve set aside hours of operation in the middle of a workday to teach them information that will hopefully make your company more profitable. Better make that count!

If you teach your staff in a traditional classroom setting, you’ll feel the need to retrain your employees on certain things every so often.

Instead, you could ensure that your training methods will stick for good through experiential training in your onboarding sequences. From that day forward, all your employees will be well-equipped to drive up ROI on each department in your company.

Ditch the Traditional Classroom, Opt for Learning Through Experience

Now that you’ve seen all the ways that learning through experience beats out that of a traditional classroom, it’s time to incorporate those new training methods.

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