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Why 90% of Employee Training doesn’t stick — And what you can do about it

Each year companies spend about $1,000 per employee on training. Now, if staff members took in anywhere near 100 percent of that learning and applied it on the job, those training dollars would be well spent. Unfortunately, that’s not happening. Studies show why 90% of Employee Training doesn’t stick: after a month, the newly acquired knowledge is already forgotten. Luckily, there is a way to effectively train your people: repetition.

It’s an all too familiar story. Once a year, you gather everyone in the meeting room for an intensive (and expensive) training session. But what happens after they leave the room? Most likely nothing, as the majority of what they were told, will soon be forgotten. So then, how do you teach your employees something that will actually stick?

Make information stick

Unlike a single crash course, repetitively sharing small chunks of information is proven to be far more effective. It’s something German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus already figured out back in 1885. The concept is simple: the more frequently you repeat something, the more likely people are going to remember it.

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Repetition works!

At our office, we use a similar technique to train our employees. Small bits of cybersecurity, emergency evacuation or first aid information, are shown over and over again on screens throughout the building. Whether it’s through our screensaver, digital signage screens or corporate app, staff members are reminded on the daily of everything and anything they need to know. This at just a fraction of the cost of a one-time training session!

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Want to finally get everything you can out of your employee training without spending thousands of dollars? Contact one of our experts now to request a free demo.

Linda van Oppen

Linda is Netpresenter's Head of Operations. Her mission is to bring out the best in every organization by making new employees feel at home and trained. According to Linda, you are doing well when employee satisfaction and performance have increased.