Following up on your session is incredibly important to helping participants. See Raising the Collective Bar about why. Below are some ideas:
- Follow up with them with recent articles and personal notes to keep them motivated.
- Send them the new ground rules established in the workshop, if applicable.
- If your group is geographically close, post these ground rules everywhere, but just one rule on a sheet of paper so the one idea stands out. Move them around from time to time.
- Run a short activity or exercise on a regular basis. Remember, you are practicing being a ‘team’, or practicing creating a positive work environment. This is valuable time. See our website for additional products to help with this.
- During the workshop, have each person write one idea they will take away from the workshop. Each week, email one idea that was collected.
- After 6 to 8 weeks have gone by, send out the results from the evaluation again so they will remember the positive effects from the workshop.
- Another great idea is to have each participant write on a blank sheet of paper the answer to the following questions:
- What factors will serve to prevent you from implementing the desired changes (i.e. non-supportive supervision; time pressures; irrelevant material)?
- What steps can you take to increase the likelihood of changing your behavior? (e.g. develop a support group or buddy system; solicit your supervisor’s support; attend follow-up sessions)Take the papers and mail them to the individuals after 30 days with your question:
“Have you taken the necessary steps to improve yourself?”
What ideas have you used to follow up on workshop that have been effective?