WEIFIELD’S 2020 TRAINING PROGRAM: A PATH TO THE FUTURE
A Column by James Selecky, Weifield Chief Special Projects Officer
As we learned in last month’s CConnection column by our COO, Tim Markham, 2020 is a year of clarity for Weifield and our vision, alignment, and execution will provide that clarity and sharpness.
One of our primary EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System – www.eosworldwide.com) goals for the year is around learning and development – specifically, launching Weifield University (WU) to develop leadership, management, and business skills which will improve our people, our results, and our community. A couple of things to highlight:
• There are 25 courses planned for 2020 • 10 of these are new courses • 16 (65%) of them are field- focused
• Seven of them are focused on Field Managers (with six being new courses)
• Our Weifield instructors include several office and field team members
Weifield will be adding to these courses to include more project management-focused trainings, etc. over time. [To review Weifield’s complete training catalog and the full list of Weifield University internal trainers, please visit the Training section of the Weifield Weekly – at weifieldweekly.com.]
Weifield has also changed our apprentice training program in 2020 to require all new apprentices to take the Weifield 3-Day Boot Camp Program, upon hire – this replaces the former program where Weifield apprentices worked in the Prefabrication department before beginning work on a job site. This ensures that our apprentices all receive comprehensive training on the Weifield Way operational process before becoming active in the field. [The Weifield 3-Day Boot Camp agenda is also posted in the Training section of the Weifield Weekly.]
Why is Weifield focused on enhancing our training program in 2020? We need to map our capabilities to current evolving training trends – which include:
1. Embracing Digital Adoption: Our world is transforming to all-digital, in every area; digital is efficient and organized (and can be delivered on-demand), so there is no excuse to have a non-digital training program. New software makes it possible to engage employees in an interactive environment and deliver specific contextualized trainings to varying groups of employees.
2. Personalized Training: The most efficient training programs are ones that can be customized so they are delivered at the employees’ own pace, match their preferred learning style, and use the media they’re most comfortable with. Digital employee training software makes this a reality.
3. Engaging Employees: Training programs shouldn’t only be instructional – they should aim to engage employees through problem-based learning and making the process both more enjoyable, more rewarding, and more memorable.
4. Repeating the Training Material: Many studies have found that as soon as you finish learning something, you start to forget it. In fact, we forget as much as 40% of the material we learned within 20 minutes of learning it – and 75% of it, by the next day. Repeating the same training material at designated intervals helps you remember more of it, for a longer period of time. That is why it is key to set up employee training programs that involve learning small amounts over an extended period, and reiterating key concepts throughout the training lifecycle.
Learn While You Earn
Training is a critical component for all of our employees – that’s why Weifield’s 2020 program allows our team to ‘Learn While You Earn’ and start immediately upon joining the Weifield team. Our crew trainers, managers, and other team members will work shoulder-to-shoulder with all trainees to execute this training successfully.
Most of all, I want Weifield’s training program to be an ‘experience’ instead of an obligation… sort of like being at a theme park every time you go to a training session. Please let me know if you have any questions on Weifield’s 2020 training approach! Until next time.