The success of good Works Council training* or coaching cannot be guaranteed in advance; (many) things can happen during Works Council training that can affect its success. However, some factors can contribute to a successful Works Council training or coaching session.
Three factors play a major role in the Works Council pre-training/coaching process. Below is an easy checklist. It is straightforward: what is your goal, and how can you achieve it as quickly and effectively as possible?
1. formulate the wishes and objectives of the Works Council members
Before choosing a date, a location, or a Works Council trainer/coach, you need to know what you want to achieve with the Works Council training/coaching session. Ask all Works Council members to think about this and (for example) to formulate their wishes in an email. Next, you can discuss the wishes and objectives of the Works Council members and analyse the similarities.
You certainly do not have to shape the content of the Works Council training/coaching session. That task belongs to the trainer/coach. However, make sure you have a clear picture of your objectives. This helps the trainer/coach to provide the best support during the Works Council training/coaching session.
2. select the trainer/coach
The choice of the trainer/coach for successful Works Council training depends on the wishes and objectives of the Works Council members. Once you have clarified that, you will also have a clear image of the type of trainer/coach/role you are inviting.
However, if you still do not have an exact idea of what you are looking for in a trainer/coach when it comes to the wishes of the Works Council for the next training/coaching session, a good trainer/coach should be able to clarify that during the first meeting. And what if the trainer/coach thinks they do not have the right qualities or abilities to support the group? In that case, a good trainer/coach will indicate that they are not the best choice for this assignment.
If you want to know how to make the best choice for a Works Council trainer/coach for your Works Council, read this article with a step-by-step plan: how to select a Works Council trainer in 8 steps (Dutch).
3. choose the location
The location for the Works Council training/coaching, and all things related to it, must align with the objectives and wishes of the Works Council. It often helps to establish criteria for this during a meeting with the Works Council trainer/coach.
other factors that play a role
In addition to these three factors, other factors also play a role. These are determined by the specific situation of your Works Council. For example, the cooperation between Works Council members or the (collaboration) relationship with the Director. Determine in advance to what extent these are essential factors and/or how they affect the three factors mentioned above.
In some organisations, finances are a determining factor (in particular for the Director). The articles the Works Council and spending money on training and guideline amount for Works Council training: as determined by the SER can give you the tools to respond to this.
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*For the sake of convenience, we use the term Works Council training because this is a familiar and recognisable concept for many Works Council members. However, we believe that the concept of ‘training’ is outdated; we prefer to use the term ‘off-site team days’. The articles Works Council training or Works Council coaching: is there a difference? and Works Council training is not training tell you more about this.
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