The 3rd R in the 7Rs of Making Your Training Stick is Reinforcement. At a recent presentation I delivered in Philadelphia, someone (Kat D.) suggested I replace the hammer with a piece of rebar (reinforcing steel) so I gave it a ty below. It’s a good thing I am a Safety Pro and not a Graphic Artist!
Reinforcement is key to us personally as learners and to our trainees when trying to remember the content that we have read, heard or otherwise learned. As a Trainer, it is important for you to find ways to reinforce the training information that you share. If you have safety posters in the workplace, that is (hopefully) a type of reinforcement. The information on the poster is not providing the training and should not be providing safety information to your employees for the first time but should instead be reinforcing information they already learned.
For example, if you used provide training to employees on how to safely use a fire extinguisher and you use the P.A.S.S. acronym to help them remember what to do if they actually have to use an extinguisher, the following sample poster is an example of Reinforcement.
What do you do in your workplace to reinforce Safety Training?