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18 Books for Better Employee Training


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Books are a great way to learn new techniques to train and connect with your employees.

Topics can range from practical business practices... to more subjective insights into human behavior... to laser focused research and case studies.

Either way, books provide extensive opportunity for professional development and business growth.

We put together this list of the 18 best books on employee training written in the last 10 years. Click through for the full list to help your business grow.

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18 Books for Better Employee Training

  2. 2. When your days are full of work, it can be tough to find time to properly train and connect with employees. This is common across all industries.
  3. 3. Training is about giving employees the tools they need to succeed. DON’T SKIP IT.
  4. 4. Dozuki has created software tools that leverage the lean philosophy of standard work. We help hundreds of companies train their employees more efficiently, by empowering them to create standard training instructions and processes.
  5. 5. As part of our own internal growth, we’ve become experts on workplace training and development. To save you time, we compiled a list of our favorite books on employee training.
  6. 6. Let’s explore some of the most effective, best reviewed, and our ALL-TIME FAVORITES 18 BOOKS
  7. 7. 1 Telling Ain’t Training by Harold D. Stolovitch and Erica J. Keeps Myth-busting research and ready to use tools are packed in this lighthearted and entertaining read. The book follows its own advice by being engaging from page one and offering multiple ‘try-it-yourself’ exercises.
  8. 8. 2 Revolutionize Learning and Development: Performance and Innovation Strategy for the Information Age by Clark N Quinn Sometimes the old methods are no longer relevant in today’s tech-savvy world. This book outlines steps for avoiding the pitfalls of outdated learning solutions, and how to rethink and redesign training.
  9. 9. 3 The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg Exploring the edge of scientific research that explains why habits exist and how we can change them. See how “keystone habits” have transformed into success for legends including Martin Luther King Jr. and Michael Phelps.
  10. 10. 4 Training on Trial: How Workplace Learning Must Reinvent Itself to Remain Relevant by James and Wendy Kirkpatrick Unfortunately, most training programs don’t have a significant impact on business results, and training professionals often fail to make a case for their value. “Training on Trial” seeks to find the truth about why training misses the mark, and how to make the case to preserve training budgets in tough economic times.
  11. 11. 5 Employee Training & Development by Raymond Noe Striking a balance between real company stories and research, this book provides a structured framework for establishing a training and development program.
  12. 12. 6 Design For How People Learn (Voices That Matter) by Julie Dirksen Making a enjoyable learning experience is harder than it seems, this book aims to make it easier. Using the key principles behind education and memory, it will guide you through creating engaging materials that emphasize knowledge retention and sharing.
  13. 13. 7 The Gamification of Learning and Instruction: Game-based Methods and Strategies for Training and Education by Karl M. Kapp Learn how to apply game-based systems to your training program. Peer-reviewed studies and corporate examples are outlined to show how combining instructional thinking with game strategies can increase learning, retention, and application.
  14. 14. 8 Getting Your Money’s Worth from Training and Development: A Guide to Breakthrough Learning for Managers and Participants by Andrew McK. Jefferson, Roy V. H. Pollock and , Calhoun W. Wick A practical guide to help you get the most from learning and development programs. Highlights include how to create an environment that promotes a transition from student to participant, and how to build a program from the ground up.
  15. 15. 9 Transferring Learning to Behavior: Using the Four Levels to Improve Performance by Donald L Kirkpatrick and James D Kirkpatrick Kirkpatrick’s four-step model for evaluating programs—reaction, learning, behavior, and results—originated in 1959, and continues to be the go-to approach for evaluation in business and academic realms. Don’t miss the dozen best-practice case studies highlighted throughout the book.
  16. 16. Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work: Build a Culture of Employee Engagement with the Principles of RESPECT by Paul L. Marciano Clear advice and instruction on engaging employees and inspiring them to reach high levels of productivity, satisfaction, and enjoyment. Dr. Marciano’s proven RESPECT model empowers users with turnkey plans and solutions for training programs that put people first. 10
  17. 17. How to Measure Training Results: A Practical Guide to Tracking the Six Key Indicators by Jack Phillips and Ron Stone Justifying the existence of training programs by quantifying their value is challenging, but this book can help capture the value that training provides a company. Following the five step process for measuring your training program to ensure future success. 11
  18. 18. Make Talent Your Business: How Exceptional Managers Develop People While Getting Results by Wendy Axelrod This book flips the concept of training on its head. Rather than making training a separate event, it implores managers to integrate training into day-to-day work to see better results, retain talent, and improve coaching. Research cited includes case studies from Intel, Kraft, Merck, Marriott, Wells Fargo, and more. 12
  19. 19. Bridging the Soft Skills Gap: How to Teach the Missing Basics to Today’s Young Talent by Bruce Tulgan Focusing specifically on incorporating a younger workforce into your company, this book provides 92 step-by-step flexible lesson plans to effectively train and engage young employees. 13
  20. 20. 101 More Ways to Make Training Active (Active Training Series) by Elaine Biech Highlighting new, dynamic strategies for active participation, this book includes a collection of strategies and activities to improve your training program. Guides, curriculum, and 20 how-to lists are included to help get started right away. 14
  21. 21. Training Design Basics (ASTD Training Basics) by Saul Carliner By going back to the basics, this book focuses on the skills and craft of building training instruction from the ground up. 15
  22. 22. The Learning and Development Book by Tricia Emerson and Mary Stewart Written for experienced learning and development professionals, this book is designed to improve effectiveness and reduce stalled efforts. Each chapter contains a “nugget of wisdom” and is self-contained, making it easy to fit into your busy schedule. 16
  23. 23. High Impact Learning: Strategies For Leveraging Performance And Business Results From Training Investments by Robert O. Brinkerhoff and Anne M. Apking Every organization aims to provide employees with learning and development opportunities that targeted to their needs and produce measurable business results. In this book, the authors illustrate a comprehensive, proven, and practical approach for bridging the gap between employee and organizational goals and launching training initiatives of visible and lasting impact. 17
  24. 24. The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning: How to Turn Training and Development into Business Results by Calhoun W. Wick, Roy V. H. Pollock and Andy Jefferson Compiling new research on learning transfer, corporate case studies, interviews and specific tools, this book provides insights into proven training programs as implemented at dozens of Fortune 500 companies. 18
  25. 25. Books are a great way to learn new techniques to train and connect with your employees. But, there are other options.
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