You can lead an employee to training, but you can't make him think. Perhaps the hardest part of setting up a training program is getting your staff members to take it seriously. All it takes is one joker or one cynic to undermine all your hard work.
You may never be able to get buy-in from 100 percent of your staff, but there are some things you can do to make them more receptive to training. What follows are some tips to get employees on board and keep them engaged:
Don't waste company time or money providing training that accomplishes nothing. If you're going to do it—whether it's mandated by federal regulations or by a new organizational policy—do it in a way that will be reflected in your profit-sharing plan.
Editor's note: This is the third and final installment in a multi-part series on training. The first two articles looked at when to conduct training sessions and strategies for presenting the material.