Maximize your resources to deliver great training
It does not matter what kind of workplace you are a part of – whether everyone works from home or operates heavy machinery every day – your business needs safety training. Why? Because everyone has the right to be physically and mentally safe in their workplace.
This means that your workplace has a responsibility to ensure that your employees are not physically harmed by their workplace or mentally harmed by interactions with people around them. Companies that ignore this responsibility not only risk financial losses, they also risk losses of productivity, team satisfaction and trust.
For many businesses, it can be difficult to know where to start or what is possible with the time and budget available. You can be a large company with an established safety training program and a budget to improve it, or you can be a small company with little or no budget and time to think about it. Regardless of your situation, it is possible to provide quality assurance training and prevent unnecessary damage to your team with simple but creative approaches.
No budget, some time
This is a situation that is far too common. Many small businesses do not have the dedicated finances and time to do safety training. Fortunately, there are a lot of free resources available on the internet to help you start delivering quality assurance training now. A great place to start for Australian companies is the Safe Work Australia website, which has state-specific resources such as checklists, posters and guidelines to work with. The downside of these materials is that they are generic and often cannot be tailored to the specific needs of your specific business, but they can be a good quick fix.
Small budget, some time
If your company has decided to spend some money on improving or automating your safety training, congratulations! Even a small budget can go a long way toward improving your workout. The perfect place to start with a small budget is to invest in an all-in-one training platform. All-in-one platforms are usually very affordable and allow you to create online courses that are tailored to your business and can be tagged with your company logo, colors and more. They can then be sent to your employees and you can track their progress from the platform to see when they are done.
Another resource to explore is ready-to-go courses. Ready-to-go courses are pre-built eLearning modules that include learning activities and assessments. They are an incredibly fast and efficient way to deliver high quality safety training to your team. Online courses are excellent for laying a foundation for knowledge of safety practices, which can then be followed up with elements of on-the-ground, face-to-face training to practice and anchor the practices.
Between budget, dedicated time
If you have a growing budget, dedicated time to work on training programs and / or a large number of students, chances are you are looking to improve your existing training. All-in-one platforms can still be extremely useful for these situations, but if you have a very large number of students, or you are looking for greater reporting capabilities, you may be looking for a course creation tool that can be matched with an LMS.
If you have been working on ready-made courses, this is a great time to start creating your own bespoke courses. One of the first steps is to start developing learning outcomes that are specific to your business and your employees. This process allows you to identify which courses and content to deliver.
With a medium budget, you can also start designing and incorporating multimedia elements such as audio clips, videos, and animations. Audio and video are ingenious ways to capture attention, engage multiple senses, and increase learning retention. They are also an easy way to incorporate more narrative elements into your courses.
There are many reasons to use storytelling in training that are particularly important for safety training, such as increasing student engagement and behavior change to a great extent. Depending on your budget, you can use equipment as simple as an iPhone and a tripod and go all the way up to commissioning pieces from freelancers or agencies.
Big budget, team time
With a large budget and a dedicated eLearning team, the possibilities for safety training are almost endless. Many large teams choose to work with eLearning agencies to create high-quality, highly customized training suites. With a big budget and the right team or agency, you can experiment with creative, cross-border ideas, such as branching, animation, and gamified learning solutions. Using the right eLearning course authoring tool to create these learning experiences can also ensure that your business retains internal capabilities to change and update courses without having to pay extra to an external provider.
Quality assurance training can be provided on any budget
Each company has different options for providing safety training, but everyone can offer quality training to their company. With a touch of creativity and the right approach, your business can instill a culture of safe work and manage risks with confidence.
Previously published on https://www.howtoo.co/posts/how-to-deliver-safety-training-on-any-budget
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