Core values are the foundation of every strong business. Just look at the name – Core, meaning the central or most important part of something, and Values -the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something. Your entire organization should not only have solid core values, but they should hire, fire, review, and reward on these as well.
So how does this apply to company-wide training? Here are a few tips you can implement into your training process to make sure your core values remain as the focal point for your organization.
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1. Outsource Accordingly
You’ve likely brought in an expert to handle your company training, and this is an extremely crucial step. Don’t hire just any ol’ firm off the streets. When you’re vetting training companies, make it a priority to find one that aligns with your core values and works similarly to your organization. Getting off on the right foot with the right support is key to making sure your team knows you value their time and take this training seriously.
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2. Recognize Your Values Throughout the Training
For example, let’s imagine you work for IKEA and some of your core values include “Leadership by example”, “Daring to be different”, and “Togetherness and enthusiasm”. Keep an eye out for employees reflecting those values throughout the training process. Most importantly, recognize them for it when you see it. By letting your team know that you’re aware of their commitment to your core values, you’re much more likely to see an increase in the engagement during your training.
3. Build Your Curriculum with Purpose
Whether you are outsourcing your training or handling it in-house, the curriculum is going to be the most important factor in whether or not your employees are engaged in the process. Work with your instructional designer or whoever is handling the training to ensure that your core values are weaved in throughout the process and that there are plenty of tie-ins for your organization. This will help you also niche down your training and make it more relatable to your team, rather than just supplying them with cookie-cutter curriculum that is broad and lacking in sustenance.
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4. Ask for and Provide Feedback
In terms of feedback, it is a give and take process. Before the training, ask your employees what they would find most valuable to walk away with from this experience and how it can improve their work life and performance. Vice Versa, providing your employees with feedback regarding their participation and implementation of the training helps you establish true value during and after the training process.
Core values exist in every workplace. Your organization’s culture is partially the outward demonstration of the values currently existing in your workplace. The question you need to ask is whether these existing values are creating the workplace you desire. By implementing these values into every aspect of your business, including training, you’re making sure the development of your employees and your company are in line with the true mission of your organization.
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