Employee training is a part of the majority of workplaces and it comes in many forms. Some of the most common of these include, employee orientations, workplace safety initiatives, and licensing and certification programs. Today a move toward retraining is also becoming a more pronounced part of workforce development as we move into a tech based economy.
But, what makes these training opportunities effective?
Regardless of why training courses are offered, there is some consistency with how the material is delivered that will support employee learning the best. While much of this is not exactly new information, what is new is that technological developments have made attaining these three goals for workplace training effectiveness easier, and thereby boosted the overall success of employee learning solutions dramatically.
1. Employee Learning Should Be Easy to Understand
Because many employees are undertaking these learning courses while also working, it’s essential that they’re easy to understand. While certain material will always be complex, with developments in e-learning, it can now be delivered in a way that can break the information down into segments that are easier to digest. Using learning technology can also give employees the opportunity to review sections often with the only a click of a button. This seamless opportunity for review also contributes to the ease of learning and knowledge retention.
2. Trainings Must Be Engaging and Fun Too
It’s no secret that when learning is fun, it’s inherently more engaging. And when learners are engaged, the content is easier to learn, as well as easier to recall when it’s needed. Employee engagement is further enhanced when the learning opportunities include realistic, customized content they can relate to their current job and situation. The chance to apply the knowledge in real time via technology like Virtual Reality can help meet this goal in new and exciting ways. Currently V.R. training is already making it possible for delivery drivers to practice their routes, doctors to perfect surgical procedures, and civilian and military pilots to practice maneuvers in a realistic way, all without leaving the classroom, or making expensive mistakes.
3. The Liberty to Pick Training Time / Place Makes a Big Difference
Learning is more apt to happen when you’re ready to receive the material, not simply because the training was scheduled for 2pm next Thursday. Online, distance learning programs that allow organizations to offer training courses to employees at any time of the day are meeting this need and helping employees excel as a result. Plus, because these are mobile applications, employees have the freedom to complete their training in any location they wish; further enhancing the effectiveness of the training program.
It’s easy to see how employee learning opportunities that include these three benchmarks would be more appealing and effective for learners. Until recently however, it was difficult to see a clear path to achieving all of them within once classroom based course. Today, through the application of current technology, the effectiveness of employee training can continue to be consistently improved benefiting businesses and their employees in unique ways.
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