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The Correlation Between Workplace Training Methods and Pizza Toppings

How do companies train and develop employees? Glad you asked. In fact, just like pizza toppings, a great number of different training methods and types of training exist for modern businesses.

Plain cheese

One common style is the lecture training method, a.k.a. plain cheese. One advantage to lecture-style training is that a large employee population receives information at the exact same time. However, warns that lectures are “the least effective of all training methods because, in many cases, they contain no form of interaction from instructor to trainee and can be quite boring.” 

So if you need to get information out to a large group quickly, you can employ a lecture style. But keep it short and sweet, and consider including one or two on-the-job training examples or some sort of interactive application for your trainees.

BBQ sauce, jalapeños, and more

More modern training delivery methods include e-learning, LMSs, and training software platforms. Think about modern spins on classic pizza toppings. These technology-based training methods are great for distributed teams, younger workforces, and, increasingly, all teams. 

The advantages of these different learning and development methods are many—employees can complete training content at their own pace, when and where they are able to, and these digital training tools can incorporate several different training delivery methods, including quizzes, assessments, and practice simulations to reinforce learning retention. These elements allow you to metaphorically spice your training up with jalapenos, BBQ sauce, etc. Basically what I’m trying to say is don’t be afraid to mix up the toppings.

Pass the pepperoni

Other training methods for employees include on-the-job training methods like shadowing and hands-on training. A waiter, for example, may shadow a more experienced team member, learning through a combination of observation, assistance, and asking questions. Roles that require more manual dexterity, like, say, working in a machine shop, may put workers through practice exercises to demonstrate mastery of certain techniques or equipment. Think about these as the old classics—the good ol’ pepperoni or supreme pizza. Always crowd pleasers.

As computers have become ubiquitous, what used to be found in training manuals and binders in most every business or desk are now often contained in a training methods pdf, a methods of training ppt, a training delivery methods pdf, or sometimes even in on-the-job training methods pdf. These 4 different learning delivery methods and their benefits will vary some depending on the structure and size of your business and team, but each is worth considering. Pizzas are getting crazy with different customization options these days, including all kinds of crusts, toppings, and sauces, and training is no different. Variety in training and experimentation with different approaches is valuable.

? + Training = ?

Each of these training and development methods—from traditional training methods like coaching and instructor-led training to modern training methods like e-learning and role playing—can help improve employees’ understanding, confidence, and performance. The most important thing is to know your team well and listen to their feedback on which methods prove most helpful and drive the best results.

Mamma mia, those are some spicy modern training delivery methods! Whether you love pizza or hate it (who hates pizza!?!) considering different types of training models for your team is never a bad thing. Just don’t overcook it.


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