Workshops have become a pivotal part of organizational growth and learning. From employee engagement initiatives to practical skills-based training, companies recognize or should start recognizing the immense value these workshops bring.
The reason for starting our chat in this manner is because we truly believe that understanding the "why" behind these sessions is as crucial as the "how." Naturally, the benefits of hosting a workshop are manifold. However, in our opinion, these are the most important ones.
Tip: Look at the latest trend in your domain. Host a workshop on these techniques.
Tip: A team-building workshop can involve fun activities like group projects, where employees from different departments collaborate. This can help in breaking silos and ensuring better inter-departmental communication.
Tip: A workshop on collaborative tools such as Trello can help employees learn how to manage tasks better and communicate effectively on projects.
Now that we've established the importance of these events let's delve into the roadmap for hosting a successful workshop. So, without any further ado, here’s our take on how to create a memorable, impactful workshop experience.
Tip: For instance, if you are aiming to boost team morale, a workshop could be themed around positivity and sharing success stories.
Tip: Understand the context of the seniority of the team..
Tip: Let’s think of a workshop focused on time management. Introduce a new idea that your team hasn’t used so far. Maybe the Pomodoro Technique?
Tip: The workshop should not be just about the trainer talking and trainees taking notes. After a brief theory session, encourage the participants to make and present slides to practice what they've learned.
Tip: After introducing a new company process, host a Q&A session to address concerns and gather feedback.
Tip: Don’t make your employees feel they are back in the classroom. Try to find an open space with movable chairs and lots of whiteboards. A strict conference room setting won’t help the attendees relax and enjoy the workshop.
Quality is key, and that’s why it’s essential to abide by best practices when setting up your event. Therefore, here’s our take on the matter.
Tip: Regardless of the workshop’s topic, always invite an expert in the field to give an insightful presentation.
Tip: While reviewing an employee’s project during the workshop, highlight its strengths before suggesting areas of improvement.
Tip: Use platforms like Hapkey to point out the improvement opportunities for the team or Miro for collaborative brainstorming sessions.
Tip: If participants are finding a segment too basic, be ready to skip or speed through it.
Tip: Feedback is king. So, once again, distribute a digital feedback form such as Hapkey to learn how the team feels after the workshop.
Tip: Use Hapkey to create an action plan after the workshop. Send out resources or summary notes post-workshop to reinforce learning. Set a date for a follow-up session to revisit the topics.
Effective workshops are an indispensable tool for fostering employee engagement, development, and overall team success. The key lies in continuous improvement and sustained engagement, which goes beyond the scope of any single event.
As you embark on your workshop journey, remember the words of Benjamin Franklin:
"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn."
This is why involvement is a workshop's true power, propelling both individual and organizational growth.
And last but not least, to ensure your team is continually moving towards success, consider incorporating Hapkey into your development initiatives. This platform provides the actionable insights and tracking features necessary for evolving your sessions over time, making it an invaluable asset for any forward-thinking manager.
By taking these measures, you're not just conducting a workshop; you're laying the foundation for long-term team growth and success.
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