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Training Shift Workers

ML
Published: Tuesday, July 21, 2020

In a manufacturing setting especially one where employees work 12 hour shift schedules, it is difficult to find time to devote to training.  What are some creative solutions you have that might help provide effective training to employees without extending their day to 13+ hours?

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In my manufacturing 12-hour shift experience, there is always some available “slow” time, whether on weekends or night shift. A drop in trainer that, lets say brings a box of donuts, is never turned away. And you can have an informative, impactful 30 minute-or-so training session while they enjoy their snacks!! Bottom line, make it value added on their time and it will be appreciated. Really tough to get undivided attention following a 12 hour shift.
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It is a difficult question without knowing what the training is on. If it is job tasks training in the workflow makes perfect sense. It may be possible to have a Pull Style application on their phones they can use when they encounter a moment of need at work.
If you are talking compliance style training that is required to be separate from the workflow, I'd suggest small chunks that they can complete in 5 to 15 minutes through ELearning, quick Instructor led activities, or small videos.
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