4 Great Places to Conduct Staff Training

April 23, 2015

4 Great Places to Conduct Staff Training

If running the same old training sessions in the same old room feels a little dull, why not try doing things a little differently? This list might help show you alternatives to the way you do things right now.

Traditional Classroom Training

This is a nice cost-effective way of running training, especially if you have a spare room at your place of work.

Depending on the size of the room, classroom training can be ideal for group numbers from 5 to 40, and will generally only require one person to run the training.

This technique is not always ideal if your people work from different buildings, or if you hire a lot of home workers. It is also not always ideal if the training is expected to take a really long time – your people might start to feel ‘boxed in’ after a couple of hours.

Webinar Training

If you hire a lot of home workers, or want to quickly get people from different locations up to speed at the same time, then why not run a training session using web conferencing software?

People can simply dial in to the ‘meeting room’, and enjoy what you have to share from wherever they are.

Note: This can get a little messy if more than a handful of people are expected to participate – especially if the training session requires continuous feedback and communication from participants.

Off-Location Training

For a real change of setting and to get your people feeling fresh and responsive, why not hire out a place that’s completely away from your office?

Going somewhere fun can definitely help improve the mood of attendees, but you don’t have to do anything too crazy like running your training session in Edinburgh Zoo (although we do actually like that idea!).

Although off-location training can be very effective, it can also be very expensive – but if you’re on a budget and the weather’s nice, why not take your people out for a picnic and do some casual training in the great outdoors?

On-The-Job Training

To run a training session, you don’t always have to take people away from their desks and sit them in a room together – if you’re training people one-on-one, then there’s no reason why you can’t sit with them while they work and run the training as they go.

Not everybody is comfortable with this, and it isn’t always effective (it can be a big distraction) – but it’s pretty effective if the training is to do with a person’s day-to-day activities, as you can apply a more hands-on approach instead of just theory-based learning.

Where is Your Favourite Place to Run Staff Training Sessions?

We’d love to hear how you do it – let us know in the comments below.


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