Everyone knows learning and development is a key constituent of employees’ corporate experience. Not only do training programmes contribute immensely to their personal and professional development, but they also help boost organisations’ productivity and growth levels.

This might also be the reason why companies around the world are increasingly looking for unique and out-of-the box training strategies which have proved effective in delevoping standard skills, such as team-spirit and perseverance, in a novel manner.

The first unusual training method we would like to write about is Outward Bound Training. As part of OBT, managers and other staff members meet and cohabitate as teams at unfamiliar wilderness out of the workplace and away from the hustles and bustles of daily life, where they would live in cabins or tents for a certain number of days.

Baby goods maker Combi uses this training method. The company confiscates employees’ mobile phones and drops them deep in the mountains for three days with only a map.

They called it pilgrimage training. Participants test their survival skills and learn about their own personality and hidden potentials for creativity, cooperation and leadership. They get opportunities to learn their limits and capabilities. Participants irrespective of their official position and seniority would have to learn to be natural in their behavior and get rid of masks worn in an office situation. Combi’s strategy is meant to focus a new recruit’s mind on a single goal (such as getting out of the mountain) and help achieve clarity of thinking.

The next methods are called “dialogue in the dark” and “dialogue in the silence”. They were created by “Allianz” in 2009.

The DTC has set up two workshop programs: Dialogue in the Dark and Dialogue in the Silence. Dialogue in the Dark involves visually impaired trainers guiding participants in a process that fosters authenticity, empathy and openness. At Dialogue in Silence workshops hearing-impaired trainers help participants to expand their non-verbal communication skills through mime, gesture and body language.

The benefit from these methods is huge. When doing these exercises teams become aware of how best to cooperate and learn very fast how to best reach their project goals. Once participants experience this feeling of success, darkness is no longer something strange for them, but rather an opportunity to obtain a new perspective on their team and their own behavior.

The last, but not the least method is going to work for the competitor. Although it sounds strange, it can be one of the most effective training methods. Working for the competitor can be quite motivating for current employees. Regardless of the location of business, there is a company in the area which may not be direct competitor. This company may be experiencing the same kind of problems and wants some employee improvement. Manager should pick up the phone and ask the company to make a switch for a couple of weeks.

This innovative training method can be good for both employees and employers. It allows employees to learn many new processes that aren’t being used in their current jobs. It makes sure everyone benefits and gains knowledge or insight into their tasks, work environment and duties.

Unusual training methods are always the best way to put a bit of fire under employees, and make them work harder. When participating in these exercises, staff become aware of how best to cooperate and are forced to learn very fast on how to best reach their project goals, while getting a different perspective of their strengths and weaknesses.

About the Author: Jon Lion is an excellent freelanced writer who entered one of the leading universities in France. He is a perfect specialist and has not just theoretical but also practical experience. His articles are really very exciting and contain useful information based on the real research. 



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