3 Ways to Train on a Budget
I hope you have plans to develop your people in 2011. And I hope they are actionable plans. I have yet to meet a company that over-trains or over-develops its people. I meeting plenty of companies that believe that they can’t afford it. To which I say:
Baloney! Hogwash! Nonsense!
There is always a way to train and develop your people, at any budget. Here are a few ideas that won’t lighten your wallet too much.
1. The book club
A long time ago I was on the 2nd shift in an operation and we couldn’t get any of the dedicated resources to come on to shift and train. So we did it ourselves. Each week someone would lead a chapter. We would discuss it, and then turn it into action. At the time, we used The New Manufacturing Challenge . Now, many people are using The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean and we are very glad that they are (thanks for all the great feedback, by the way).
2. Just-in-time training
If you aren’t having daily or weekly huddles, you should be. You could easily extend this by a small margin at some defined period to provide short bursts of just-in-time training. Train people, and then start implementing it. We developed Single Point Lessons for exactly this kind of purpose.
3. The bag-lunch learning sessions
You have a lot of knowledge in your organization. But often, those resources don’t have time to turn into full-time training resources. Instead, have them share parts of their knowledge at brown-bag (meaning, bring your own lunch) sessions. Your employees (at least the ones you want to keep) should want to learn anyway, so this gives them the opportunity to do so. Keep the sessions short and focused.
Is this as effective as an integrated, structured training plan? Certainly not. But it is still progress. Don’t tell me you can’t afford to develop your people. There are no excuses.
How have you learned to train on a budget?