I’ve never really been a creature of habit, but I’ve become accustomed to taking the same route to work every morning. It is about a 20-minute walk, and I go the exact same route, every day. The strange thing is, I take a different route on my walk home, which only takes me about 15 minutes. Don’t ask me why I don’t save myself the 25 minutes a week by taking a shorter route in the morning. Would it make more sense to? Maybe. But it has become a ritual, and I don’t intend on changing it anytime soon. However, for some things, like your corporate learning strategy, a ritual is not a good excuse.
When was the last time you assessed your employee learning structure and strategy? More times than not, we use processes that we either inherited from someone who came before us, or were created a long time ago and aren’t optimally serving the business. Are you ready to take a fresh approach to your traditional models?
Here are 3 signs you need to rethink your corporate learning strategy.
1. You aren’t providing ongoing support for your employees.
If your employee training programs consist of a single day or week workshops, without supplementary support – you are likely letting your employees down. Moreover, not only are you letting your employees down, you are also going to end up letting your customers down, and ultimately devaluing the business. Employees don’t have tools at their disposal to refresh their memory from training. Your employee’s best case scenario is they took really good notes or have a manual to flip through for a point of reference. Prevent the downward spiral, and offer your employees on-demand online learning that they can access when and where they need to.
Custom elearning provides your employees with access to the information they need on the job and on the go. It provides the learner real-time access to review learning on their own, when and where they need to. In a live environment the learning experience is finite, leaving the learner to rely on memory or support materials. With a modern elearning approach, you give your employees the tools to be successful.
2. You rely on flying your employees to training sessions that are 100% in-person training.
In-person training is wonderful and extremely beneficial, don’t get me wrong. However, you are missing an opportunity to leverage a blended approach that both assists the learner and saves you dollars. Try cutting your 4-day training sessions to 3 days and provide online content to supplement in-person training.
Plus, with elearning, you are able to ensure the quality of your learning experiences across all sessions by reducing the variability of delivery. A facilitator’s personality, mood, subject matter experience, and other various factors are challenging to control and manage in live environments. Online learning can be delivered to your employees at a global scale, and when it is custom training, you can create learning that feels true to your business, is on brand and can offer benefits that traditional in-person training can’t.
3. You aren’t maximizing time spent in person by providing pre-work and baseline knowledge.
Every one of your employees is unique, and each learns differently, and at a different rate. When you bring your employees together for an in-person training session, you can’t assume they all have the same standard of knowledge. Instead, provide them with effective learning support to bring them up to speed and create a solid baseline of knowledge.
Through a flipped model or blended approach, elearning can create a consistent baseline knowledge for all learners through providing the means for employees to learn outside in-class lessons. Elearning can also maximize time spent in-person by using it to focus on practice, simulations, role plays and other live exercises.
There are numerous benefits of elearning compared to in-person training. To find out what is right for your organization, talk to us. We’d love to learn more about your corporate learning strategy and find a way to help.
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