When it comes to employee training, we spend a lot of time talking about what not to do (don’t get off track, don’t talk down to the trainees, and don’t bore them), but we don’t always talk enough about what to do. Today we’re going to look at some things on the to-do list, specifically, certain things that should be addressed in each and every YMCA employee training session.
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Staff members are the backbone of every YMCA across the country, and staff training and development plays a crucial role in keeping members and program participants feeling welcomed, happy, and satisfied. In other words, training is a big responsibility and requires motivated and skilled people who are eager to pass on their wisdom in spite of any challenges they may face. Although trainers make up a small percentage of Y staff members, they are immensely important and there are a number of things that can be done to help them accomplish their goal of transferring knowledge to their colleagues. Like all Y staff members, trainers should always know that upper management is there to provide ongoing support, but here are some other things that can be done to make sure YMCA employee trainers around the nation have the tools they need to succeed.
We all know that the goal of training is to transfer skills and knowledge to YMCA staff members so they can be successful in their jobs. And we also know that, while vital, staff training is often seen as a necessary evil rather than as something associates look forward to. But the fact that staff members often dread training isn’t the only obstacle trainers face—there’s also the lack of time, lack of resources, the expense of training, the frustration involved with scheduling training, and the difficulty of staying up to date and relevant when it comes to training techniques and methods. Today we’re going to focus on the last stumbling block—how YMCA trainers can stay relevant in the ever-changing world we live in.
YMCA trainers bear a big responsibility—they are tasked with ensuring that Y staff members are properly prepared for the daily challenges associated with their jobs. Y trainers recognize that the staff is the Y’s most valuable asset and that training them is the number one way to make sure the associates, the facility, and the members thrive.
Upon hire, every new YMCA employee is required to take a certain amount of training. The training varies by job, but it’s a known fact that training is part of the deal if you want to work at the Y. It probably goes without saying that not everyone loves to go through employee training, but what no one ever talks about is whether or not the training is actually any good. And since Ys rely heavily on employees to engage with the community and, in many cases, keep members and program participants safe, good training isn’t just necessary—it’s vital. Today, we’re going to look at what can happen if your YMCA employee training is anything less than outstanding.
A motivated learner will learn. That makes sense, right? YMCA employees who are motivated to learn are likely to do better, and retain more information, than trainees who are not motivated by the desire to learn. As YMCA trainers, we know we need to inspire our YMCA employees to want to learn the materials we’re teaching. And we know our employees are empathetic, caring people who work long hours and probably don’t make a ton of money. The question then, is: How do we motivate them? This article is going to explore four simple suggestions for motivating Y trainees.
Training is the core of all YMCA activities, from summer camp to diabetes prevention to after-school programming. And since most employees dread training days (you can almost hear the collective sigh just thinking about it), we’re going to look at some techniques employed by bad trainers and provide suggestions for not making those same mistakes. We all know that no one is perfect, not even YMCA trainers, but we also know there’s almost always room for improvement. Even the best YMCA trainers make mistakes, which is exactly why we’re going to talk about some of the most common missteps.
Training and developing employees can be a major drain on resources, especially for not-for-profit organizations like YMCAs. Despite the obstacles, YMCA employee training is critical, and it's becoming more and more important to employ modern training techniques in order to minimize the cost of materials, payroll consumption, and wasted resources.