What pops up in your mind when you think of construction safety and training? A boring, tiresome, and time-taking process? Well, this doesn’t have to be the case all the time. It’s possible to make safety training worthwhile and yet still fun and engaging at the same time. But how do you go about doing this? Here are a few ways to make construction training more meaningful and less boring:
Use several methods
Pizza is excellent, and many people love to eat this delicacy. But, would you still love it if you ate it every day of the month for a whole year? Most probably would answer no to that, but why? As much as it is a favorite, monotony will make it unpopular.
Similarly, with construction training, if only one method is utilized throughout, there is a higher chance of participants losing interest. This will make them avoid paying attention to the essential parts of the training, thus making all your efforts go to waste. To break up the monotony, one needs to employ different methods. Aside from using slides, for example, you can use other means including but not limited to demonstrations, live-action, and animations. This will help get your message across without resulting in boredom. Also, you can incorporate humor to add to that entertaining aspect while still ensuring that the message drives home.
Bring in experts to the training
You cannot conduct training solely with scripts and booklets. You need to bring in experts from the field that have substantial knowledge. For instance, if you were to conduct training on fire response and prevention, it would make more sense to invite a firefighter who has hands-on skills on the topic. By having these experts freely sharing their experiences and including some funny anecdotes, employees can connect and relate more easily.
Merge sessions with breaks
It shouldn’t just be a dull day of training – you know what they say about Jack, work, and play. Use breaks to revitalize employee minds and have them on their toes between different training sessions. One right way to achieve this is through the use of games that engage the workers both physically and mentally. The main idea behind it is to reduce fatigue and to remove boredom.
Organize a drill
A drill is a mock rehearsal of an accident or any other dangerous occurrence meant to instill disaster management training. It is carried out impromptu in most cases and should only be done after a thorough explanation of the disaster training course is given to employees. Do try to make the drill realistic and have your workers take it seriously as practice in the event of an actual emergency. You don’t want to have them be playing around now only to end up with real injuries and casualties later.
Plan a team-building exercise
Aside from uniting the workers to be more productive together, team building can be a great avenue to use for training employees on disaster preparedness. Whether through a retreat or any other exercise, you can quickly get your employees trained and ready in no time via this method. Again, it is an excellent way of teaching individuals on how to handle an emergency or accident collectively as a group as opposed to individually on their own.
In summary, the above methods can help you train employees or workers in the right manner while still making it fun and exciting for them. This way, they will easily be able to commit the training to memory.