Right from the adoption of smarter technology to the dawn of the automated processes, the IT world has become agile every single day. While the range of workforce functions has gone through all kinds of facelifts, training strategies have stuck just with the status quo. Unfortunate for the L&D teams, there has never been a tougher time to be behind the curve. Given the high speed of workplace transformation across the IT industry, the need for continual upskilling via training has been growing exponentially every day. Organizations must make corporate training a place to not just empower their workforce to excel at their jobs but also build excitement leading to lasting and fruitful engagement.
The beginners’ step towards reinventing a training program is to get an in depth understanding of a concept that may not just shock but will seem counterintuitive – the key to training success is not train but instills a culture of learning. Employees who are empowered to improve their skills are not only better at their jobs also become the kind of people who bring out the best in their team mates. In some organizations, L&D departments and specific functions have led this task, but for a lot of companies, it is simply viewed as a task that needs to get done with, with little thought that goes into measuring tangible learning.
In a learning culture, learning is deep rooted in the daily routines of employees and the L & D does not have to dictate when, where and how this can take place. Instead, instantaneous learning is encourages and the employees learn to develop a mindset to grow for their own professional development. This is why L & D professionals need to change the way training is done from its old school ways.
How latest technology and individual learning preferences have changed learning delivery style
Long gone are the days when your employees sit in a typical traditional classroom for about 2 hours to complete training and attempt to retain and use the information that they may not be inspired enough to have learnt in the first place. With today’s fast paced working environment, employees do not have enough time to set aside to complete training.
As per research from one of the IT biggies, an average employee can only devote 1% of their work week for professional development. This translates to 4.8 minutes a day. Have learning methods used in your organization kept pace with modern learning and development methods? Here are 4 learning trends to actually help improve employee performance:
- Live virtual classroom: This is one of the key components of digital learning. Remote learning with an industry expert for a mentor where the course participants get to interact live with them making learning real time.
- Social Learning: Through applications like Gamification, group projects and online cloud labs, it is possible to collaborate with classmates and learn, replacing the old school group study. This helps with knowledge retention.
- Flexible Learning: Features like recordings of live lectures allows for students to attend the entire session at their leisure if they are otherwise engaged during the live session.
- Multi-channel: Course material can be made available to the course participants through multiple channels like power point presentations, videos, PDF files, audio recordings etc. This exposes course participants to a number of ways in which they can learn.
- Learning on the go: When you allow course material to be accessed through course participants’ personal devices like their laptops, tablets, iPads and phones, you allow learning on the go, where they can log in and learn even if they are waiting for a cab.