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"Here are 12 tips that trainers can follow to encourage employee involvement in safety training:"
- Hold formal safety meetings on a regular basis.
- Supplement those meetings with brief, informal sessions.
- Keep meetings to a reasonable length.
- Plan well in advance and have an agenda for each meeting.
- Make sure you have full management support for training efforts.
- Bring in managers from other parts of the facility and outside experts to speak with learners.
- Mention recent safety records and trends.
- Encourage “How my safety training saved me from …” statements.
- Hit the highlights and save some details for Q&As.
- Get employees involved through demonstration or discussion.
- Sum up the main points and close on an upbeat note.
- Send employees out with a handout to reinforce the training message.
"More than half of U.S. workers feel pressured to develop additional skills, but only about one-quarter of them have gained new skills through company-provided formal training in the past 5 years."
That was among the findings of “The Accenture Skills Gap Study,” an online survey of more than 1,000 employed and unemployed workers recently conducted by Accenture (www.accenture.com).
The study also found that 52 percent of survey participants have acquired technology skills in the past 5 years, but significantly smaller percentages have updated their problem-solving skills (31 percent), analytical skills (26 percent), and managerial skills (21 percent).