How outdoor training is helpful - do this type of activities really help or improve production in the company? - CiteHR
Dinesh Divekar
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Well, I have seen many companies organizing outdoor training for their employees, where they take employees for one day or few days to some resort or distant place where they conduct training which includes following..
1) Trekking
2) Game / Competition among all
3) Adventure Ride
4) Story Telling kind of activity
5) Cooking on their own
6) Giving motivational lectures etc..
This are some of the activities that they do in outdoor training.
Now my query is, do this type of activities really help or improve production in the company or improve output of employees, if yes ? Then how do we measure that and how beneficial it is to conduct such training every 6 months.
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Dear Savli,
Part of the first sentence of your post is "I have seen many companies organizing outdoor training for their employees..."
If you have seen "many" companies organising the outdoor training, then why not to contact them and ask how did they measure the training effectiveness? Out of "many" at least "few" are expected to reply. In case if you do not receive any reply then it shows that they have nothing credible to tell you or their non-communication speaks poorly on the HR fraternity as a whole.
Occasionally post of this kind keeps on coming up this forum. About nine years ago, I had given my reply. You may click the following link to refer it:
https://www.citehr.com/313635-whethe...ml#post1422129
Lastly, just think why do we organise the employee training? It should be organised with the following objectives:
a) To reduce some cost
b) To reduce the consumption of resources
c) To reduce the turnaround time of some process and
d) To increase or decrease of some ratio
Whether outbound or inbound, whether technical or soft skills as long as you achieve any one of the above-mentioned objectives, it is sufficient. Do not bother about the title of the training or to whom it is addressed. Always aim for organisational change.
Thanks,
Dinesh Divekar
Dear Dineshji,
Thanks for the reply, well my intention here is to mainly know what sort of improvement outbound training brings in organization. Especially outdoor training in which they do trekking, camp fire, playing out door games, group discussion etc.
Looking forward for your guidance and insight.
Regards
Dear Savli,
I am into the training for the last 19 years and I am yet to come across with case study on the measurement of the effectiveness of OBT. Many HRs fancy about HR jargon and one amongst them is OBT.
By the way, OBT is only the means and not end. I have given the list of the ends in my previous post. Therefore, will it not be worthwhile to work on ends rather than means?
What is the nature of your industry? Are you into manufacturing or service industry? For either type, increasing quality is important. The more you work on quality, the less it is.
Thanks,
Dinesh Divekar
OBT is very popular and commonly used training intervention which is liked by most employees. Who doesnot like to go outdoors for a funfilled activity, Overnight is even better.
It gives them a good break from their routine and stressful job, rejunivates them and also motivates them by sending a message that company cares for them and is willing to invest in them. During outdoor training, entertainment and fun factor is very high and this ensures increased engagement. Other conceptual learnings kept aside, teambuilding happens for sure. Interpersonal relationships improves, employess get closer, ice is broken, trust is built, new and stronger bonds of friendship is forged. Personal ego goes for a toss during campfires and evening drinks. Conflicts get diffused, communication becomes informal and this is also carried to work.
Now with so many changes happening overnight, and the bonds getting stronger among employees leading to good teamwork and relationships, no HR can doubt about this reflecting in increased productivity, customer service and strong internal marketing.
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