5 Tips for a More Effective Training Program

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1.       Uniformity

Create a good base training program that all employees are required to go through when they first start. This will help you understand your employees’ knowledge foundation. From there, more job-specific training can be delved into.

Imagine you have an employee who has been with your company or in the industry for years. You assume they have the knowledge they need to complete their job safely, however, if they received bad information when they first started, they’ll now hand down that information to the people they train. It’s not their fault, this is the information they’ve been given, but it’s never too late to fix that and give them the right information. Continuing knowledge checks and job-specific training can help lessen the possibility of knowledge gaps.

2.       Effective Communication

Communication is key to any healthy relationship, whether it’s employer to employee, teacher to student, or even friend to friend. Let your employees know what is expected of them. For instance, let them know what training they need to get done and that they can come to you if they feel they need more training or clarification on anything.

If you are teaching a training class of any kind, let your students know what is expected of them in the class. Let them know how they can exceed in the class. Get the communication started with yourself. Tell them where you come from and try to build rapport with your students.

3.       Keep Documentation

Documentation is extremely important when it comes to training – if you can’t prove it happened, then it didn’t happen, right? Always keep copies of rosters, sign in sheets, and/or certificates that show what training was completed, who completed the training, and when it was completed. This creates a precautionary aspect for the company in case anything were to happen.

4.       Keep it About the Students & Accept Feedback

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Remember, the whole point of safety training is to help the employees learn how to be safer within their jobs. Make your goal of the training to see someone have that “light-bulb” moment within themselves. Allow them to ask questions and get as much out of the class as they can.

Give the students your best and always except feedback. Always take any criticism the students have and break it down to see if it’s something you can truly work on to make the experience better for the next class.

5.       PASSION

The most important part of effective training is PASSION! If you aren’t having a good time as a teacher, your students won’t either! Keep the class fun but beneficial. Typically, extra job training isn’t the most fun assignment to complete, but we can at least make it a valuable and enjoyable experience, leaving them actually wanting to learn more!


What other components do you think are essential for an effective training program?

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How to Lead VS Manage Your Team

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How to Lead VS Manage Your Team

This week we had the privilege of having Chris Patterson on the show. He shared his thoughts on topics like team safety culture, connecting with employees, and leadership practices that go above and beyond. 

Listen to the entire episode on Spotify, iTunes, GooglePlay, and Stitcher.

You can also watch the entire episode on our Youtube Channel.

What's Your Legacy (Part 2)

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What’s Your Legacy? (Part 2)

Here's Part 2 of Skyler's story! We want to thank Skyler again for coming on the show and we also want to thank everyone listening. We hope you enjoy the rest of the episode.

Listen to the entire episode on Spotify, iTunes, GooglePlay, and Stitcher.

You can also watch the entire episode on our Youtube Channel.

Safety Culture: The Bottom Line

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Safety Culture: The Bottom Line

By: Christin Adams

When we hear the phrase bottom-line, in business, we generally think in terms of dollars. When your business is safety, however, there is something more valuable at stake. Every day, we all go to work, or our friends and families do. Our children ride school buses. We are a society in motion. We rely on first responders in crisis and first aid when minutes matter. We also depend on our dollars to support those services and skills because human life is valuable and that is money well spent.

              With just over 5,000 national workplace fatalities in 2017, a number that has been steadily climbing each year for the past five years, we understand the great financial cost inherent in each of these tragedies. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that in total, employers are spending $1 billion each week on worker’s compensation costs. These numbers are important for businesses, but their employee’s well-being is more important. By focusing on employee safety, direct and indirect costs for businesses and their insurers are greatly reduced.

The key to an impactful safety culture is relationships.

So how do we get an organization to become safer? There are plenty of quantifiable means and they are all used on a daily basis: topical safety meetings, focused training classes, audits, stop work measures, etc. These are all essential to spreading awareness and building the correct habits; but talk to just about anyone that wears a hard hat for a living, and they will tell you they don’t want to sit through a class or do extra paperwork – they just want to get to work. The key to an impactful safety culture is relationships.

In fact, value is created through relationships in the work place. In an organization with a healthy safety culture, everyone, from the entry level laborers all the way to the executive leadership team, must buy-in and take responsibility for each other’s safety. And when any part of the organization does not, the rest suffer. If you have a great team on the front lines of your business, a team that looks out for each other, creates and reviews thorough job safety assessments at the start of each shift, documents near misses, and practices stop work authority when appropriate you’re half way there. You also need support from upper management in the form of new hire training procedures and investment in proper safety equipment and protective gear. Without the relationship between these, at some point the inevitable will happen. Someone will get hurt.

Safety is the result of a thriving company culture.

Companies must not forget that safety is about people. Safety is the result of a thriving company culture. Building a strong safety culture starts from the top and works its way to the bottom. Although, if we flip that thought process and give employees the power and initiative to create a safety culture, they are still going to follow the leadership displayed to them. Understand your employees and work alongside them, not above them.


How does a truly great safety culture impact a company’s bottom line?

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What's Your Legacy (Part 1)

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What’s Your Legacy? (Part 1)

This week, we were lucky enough to have Skyler Schissler back on the show. He dove in a little deeper into his story and shares his thoughts on building a legacy.

Keep an eye out for Part 2 coming next week. 

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You can also watch the entire episode on our Youtube Channel.

Finding Hope After Darkness (Part 2)

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Finding Hope After Darkness (Part 2)

Here is the second half of Brian Green's Story! We hope you enjoy it but also that you find it impactful. We want to thank Brian for sharing his story and being vulnerable with us. It was a privilege to have him on the show!

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Finding Hope After Darkness (Part 1)

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Finding Hope After Darkness (Part 1)

This week, we had the pleasure of having Brian Green back on the Podcast. We had the opportunity to hear more of his story and we'd love to share it with everyone listening. Part 2 of this podcast will be published on January 31st, 2019.

Listen to the entire episode on Spotify, iTunes, GooglePlay, and Stitcher.

You can also watch the entire episode on our Youtube Channel.

What Makes World Class Training

What Makes World Class Training?

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We were lucky to have Rick Power, the owner of Rocky Mountain Taphouse. Rick shared about his passion for teaching and discussed topics including grit, ownership, and servant leadership.

For more information on the Rocky Mountain Taphouse, check out https://www.rockymountaintaphouse.com/.

The People Business

The People Business

This episode features our latest guest speaker, Keith Martin, from 1888 Industrial Services. During our time with Keith, we discussed the importance of caring for employees and what it means to be in the "people business". Tune in to hear Keith's perspective on business culture and how important it is to prioritize people's well-being.

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