Heather Huhman’s post over at the the Entrepreneur blog begins with the assertion that “planning employee training is the secret to the long-term success of a workforce.” We can totally get behind that statement, as well as Heather’s suggestions for often overlooked ways to make training and development a little better for all of your employees.
Evaluate generational gaps
Heather points out a statistic that will surely raise a few eyebrows. “A 2016 study by Activia Training found that younger employees prefer the classroom as a learning setting over elearning.” What?!? Doesn’t the common line of thinking on millennials follow that they’re attached to their phones and computers?
However, Heather points out that in the context of the lifestyle differences between older and younger employees, older employees might better appreciate online learning’s flexibility when balancing work, family, and maybe even children. Heather writes, “Younger employees, on the other hand, have just recently left school, making the classroom setting more familiar.” Employees new to the job market can find real value in face-to-face meetings with more experienced members of a company.
Consider all learning types
As an inherent benefit of online learning, the learner can access it where he or she finds it most comfortable. When you’re planning out your employee training, make sure you’re presenting it to them anywhere they feel a connection with the material. This line of thinking also extends to how someone learns. If they like to memorize things through repetition, a knowledge base of information like Lessonly’s Learning Library makes it easy for them to go back and review content when they need to.
Heather points out that another large group of people learn by thinking about what they’ve studied before being tested on it again. Some learn with hands-on methods, others learn better independently. It’s a mixed bag throughout your company, but you really can cater to all these employees when planning your staff training properly. “By providing a variety of ways for employees to learn about and practice their skills, employers increase their chances of finding an engaging method that works for them.”
Address your team’s and individuals’ strengths and weaknesses
Plenty of research supports training to improve strengths, but the argument for building up weaknesses is still perfectly valid. Heather frames this point in terms of a company adopting a new software:
The whole point of employee training is to give the team the skills and information they need to perform at their highest level. However, not everyone starts out at the same level or even needs to know the same skills. By knowing the strengths and weaknesses of individuals and the overall team, employers can implement more effective training.
By assessing strengths and weaknesses beforehand, you can give a baseline Lesson to get everyone on the same level. Going from there, if employees are still struggling, your training plan can transition to include more individualized Lessons and meetings.
Ask for employee feedback
Here at Lessonly, we place critique and feedback central to our culture, and Heather highlights its importance within the context of employee learning in her post. You can best assess the progress of your online learning efforts within your company by asking the employees themselves. They can often give you suggestions on content you hadn’t considered before, and they’re also fairly good at pointing out holes in the training process. Think of it this way: The easier you make it for them, the better they will learn, and the better work they’ll give you in response.
Lessonly excels in collecting feedback from your team. An assigned Lesson with a built-in multiple choice or free-response quiz brings everyone’s answers right into your Gradebook. Here, you can browse your company’s answers to your question in an easy-to-understand format. We’ve found that companies who poll their employees for feedback see among the highest rates of employee engagement.
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