The Effect of Group Training and Individual Motivation of Performance: A Research Experiment

Imagine an HR practitioner has just hired three fresh faces to join a firm and the employees are required to complete on line training as part of their on boarding. The training consists ofonline modules, some of which can be completed in as little as 10 minutes. At the end of the module, there is an assessment of knowledge. Should the training be completed individually or as a group? It would seem natural to have the individuals complete the training individually since online training modules are conducive to one user per one computer. However, perhaps the training would be more effective if the new employees learned the material together as a group. Or, perhaps there is no difference between individual and group training.

Training needs to be delivered in the most efficient way possible to maxi­mize the return on investment. The time spent training needs to be the shortest possible while still ensuring maximum learning is occurring. One way to possibly make training more efficient and effective is by utilizing group training. 

Accordingly, our main research question was: Is group training more effective than individual training? 

 

Zhang, Q., Zhu, B., & Kilarski, R. (2015). “The Effect of Group Training and Individual Motivation of Performance: A Research Experiment.” Human Capital, Winter 2015, 26-30.

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