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How to Increase Information Retention

According to recent data, organizations spend about $82.5 billion on training every yearthats about $1,111 per employee. Studies show that presenting employees with new information and skills is the easy part.

Published Fri Oct 01 2021

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According to recent data, organizations spend about $82.5 billion on training every year—that’s about $1,111 per employee. But is that money well spent? Studies show that presenting employees with new information and skills is the easy part. However, helping them retain that information is a challenge. There are several key strategies to help maximize the return on your training investment. First, build in time for reflection. Allowing time and space for trainees to consider what they’ve learned is a critical part of any successful training program. Allow employees to ask themselves what the key takeaways of the training session were and how they can relate the lessons learned to what they already know. Another excellent mechanism for improving information retention is to have employees train others in what they just learned. This will ensure they understand the content completely. It can also be helpful to keep training grounded in reality by consistently asking the trainee how the concepts that they’re learning can be applied to their day-to-day work.

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