Take away the ‘Yaaawwn!” from Induction Training – Facilitate!


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‘Inducting’ new hires into an organization can be challenging, especially when the intake is regular. HR and Trainers struggle with sharing the same content over and over again, and the routine becomes a repetitive activity that no one enjoys.

Here is how to change the induction session into something interactive and fun-filled, yet helping participants to learn and retain content!

Sharing company policies with new recruits – leave, attendance, performance review, dress code, email etiquette, IT security, physical security, compensation and benefits, medical benefits………..and so on, is mandatory, but can be daunting and extremely boring.

Want to change this to something fun, yet have a lasting learning experience?

Use the ‘Textra’ Magic Wand! Here is how:

Break the participants into small groups. Groups of five or six are ideal. Have printouts of each policy document (leave, medical and so on) printed out and ready. Give each team one policy document (one copy for each member of the team) to read and discuss. Allow 10 minutes for this activity (longer or shorter based on the number of pages).

Ask each team to prepare a flip chart with highlights of the policy – let them get as creative as they like! They should also prepare a set of questions that they would expect others to ask, and be ready with the answers.

Each team should now make a presentation to the rest about their understanding of the policy. After that, all other participants can ask questions. If now questions are forthcoming, the team presenting the policy can use their prepared set of questions to ask the others – this way they test the understanding of the group.

And that’s it! No more PowerPoint! Not only will you be able to keep the group engrossed, but you will find that they learn and retain more of the content!

There are dozens of variations you can bring into Textra – it is only limited by your creativity! ! With creativity and imagination, there is no limit to what you can accomplish with even ‘routine’ training, without sacrificing efficiency but enhancing participants’ learning exponentially!

What do you think you can do with Textra? Share and let me know!

Sunder Sharma is a member of The International Association of Facilitators (www.iaf-world.org). The India Chapter has over 70 members, and organizes learning and sharing events regularly. check out the website www.iaf-india.org; or the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/indianassocfacilitators for more information.

The IAF is celebrating ‘Facilitation Week’ from October 19th to 25th, 2015. This is a world-wide coordinated effort to spread the awareness and advantages of Facilitation. As a part of this, the India Chapter of the IAF is providing pro-bono services to several organizations, groups and Institutions to help them get an overview of Facilitation and how it helps them to share learning, encourage participation and get involvement from each individual. If you wish to explore a session in your organization, please email me at sunder@innerview.in.