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How to Decide on a Method of Employee Training

You may need to train your new employees (and current employees) in a particular business area. Choose a training method that's appropriate for your employees, as well as the area in which you're training them.

Some of the more common training options include

  • In-house training. You may be able to offer or arrange training on given topics, such as sales techniques or time management, or workshops on particular software applications. Not only is in-house training cost-effective, but you may be able to arrange several short training sessions to accommodate schedules, as well.

  • Outside seminars and conferences. Seminars and conferences are a great way to provide training when no one in your business has the particular expertise. Held at a public site, such as a hotel or conference center, most seminars require that you preregister.

    The cost can range from less than $100 per person to as much as $500 or more for a one-day session, depending on the topic. Typically, the more people you register, the bigger discount you receive.

  • Tuition reimbursement programs. Tuition reimbursement programs address long-term training needs of career development, such as leadership or advanced certification in a given area. Typically, a business reimburses employees for a percentage (or all) of the expenses related to courses that the employee takes.

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