Training reinforcement goes beyond reminding learners by using meaningful content from your training session to create measurable behavior change.
1. Reinforcement is not sending reminders!
Reinforcement is about changing your learners’ behaviors by helping them apply their new skills. Reminders do not add value to your training, reinforcement does.
2. Reinforcement objectives should build onto your training goals.
Training reinforcement takes into account your training goals, learning objectives, and expected behavior outcomes. View our 10-step guide for help determining measurable training objectives.
3. Reinforcement focuses on creating lasting behavior change.
- Plan around your expected outcomes
- Do: Reinforce your training content
- Check your results
- Act on your results
4. Create a reinforcement program before the training takes place.
A training reinforcement program should be created before the actual training takes place. This will allow your organization to introduce reinforcement before training has ended, adding value to your training session.
5. Consider the frequency and length of reinforcement.
Carefully consider the frequency of messages and length of the reinforcement program. If you do not account for frequency or timing, then you are simply reminding your learners.
6. Begin your reinforcement program immediately after training.
Training reinforcement should begin immediately after your training ends. Learners will begin to forget within days of your last training session, so starting your reinforcement immediately after the last class day is paramount.
7. Maintain engagement throughout the reinforcement course.
To maintain engagement, reinforcement content should be quick, meaningful, and helpful. In addition to the reinforcement program, it is important that management have ongoing communication with your learners.
8. Determine how you will measure success.
It is important that you determine how you will measure reinforcement success.
Once reinforcement data begins to accumulate, you’ll be able to create Actionable Intelligence for your organization. This intelligence can then be used to make improvements for your learners, training programs and overall organization.
Reinforcement goes beyond reminding by using quick, meaningful training content in a structured format, to create lasting behavior changes.
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