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Questions to Ask Your Managers for Creating the Right Training Program - Part 1

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In today’s competitive market, staying on top requires more than hard work — it demands smart work. One way to achieve that is through curated training programs that shore up targeted aptitudes of your personnel. 


But the question remains: what type of training program would be most beneficial for my staff? 


The people who can best answer this question are often your managers. They interact with their reports on a daily basis and have an in-depth knowledge of their teams’ strengths and weaknesses. Rather than giving your trainers an open-ended answer to a general question about training needs, it will likely be more fruitful to send them a list of questions concerning specific areas. 


Below are ten questions to ask your managers to ensure you are creating a value-add training program for your employees. 




1. Does your team need to improve workload management? 

Workload management is all about juggling tasks effectively. Workload management training focuses on setting clear goals, breaking projects into manageable chunks and using time-blocking techniques. In doing so, workers can concentrate on high-priority tasks and avoid burnout.  


2. Will expert tips on managing email make you and your team more efficient? 

Email management training rescues employees from the chaos of an overflowing inbox. Workers save time and refine their focus by learning how to categorize, filter and respond to emails efficiently. Additionally, with email templates and other tools, staff communication will become streamlined and effective. 

3. Could your meetings be managed more effectively? 

Meetings that go on too long, do not follow an agenda or have meaningful outcomes such as action items, significantly eat into productivity by wasting the time of all attendees. Meeting management skills include setting clear agendas, keeping meetings on track and ensuring the attendance of only required participants. Tricks and tips on meeting software also make the whole approach to meetings far more productive for working teams. 

4. Would Microsoft Teams training enhance your group's collaboration and communication abilities?  

Microsoft Teams is a powerhouse for group communication and collaboration. Training in Teams instructs users to harness the full capabilities of the application’s features, from setting up meetings and channels to using chat and file sharing. By mastering this tool, workflows are streamlined, collaboration bosted and communication bottlenecks are broken up.  



5. Could a workshop on time management tools benefit your working group? 

Time management isn't just about working harder; it's about working smarter. Creating a value-add training program will almost always involve a time management component. Teach employees how to identify time-wasting habits, prioritize like a pro and implement strategies like calendaring for deep-thinking work. By investing time in time management, the result is a more focused and accomplished team that feels in control of their work. 



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