We’ve been obsessed with millennials. There’s no shortage of articles and research on training and engaging the millennial workforce but it’s time to shift gears and prepare for a new generation of employees. Generation Z made up of individuals born between 1995 and 2010, is beginning to enter the workforce.
This generation grew up surrounded by technology and the ability to find the answers to any of their questions online (think YouTube, Google, EHow, and Wikipedia). These are individuals that don’t know the world without technology or the internet.
What does this mean for training professionals? It’s time to start planning and beginning to adjust your internal training strategies.
To help you do this, we’ve put together a list of the Top 4 things you can do to create effective training for Generation Z:
Make your training visually appealing:
Generation Z grew up with visually stunning video games, movies, and apps. This means that visually stimulating graphics are key for creating training materials that are both engaging and effective, for this group of learners.
Create content in snack-sized chunks:
Generation Z has an attention span of 6-8 seconds. And approximately 11% of these individuals have ADHD, which means that when it comes to training content, shorter is better! Gen Z (with their shortened attention spans) require training that is presented in small, snack-sized chunks. This keeps them better engaged and helps them better retain and apply new knowledge.
Make your content accessible on mobile:
Similar to millennials, individuals in generation Z are used to having access to content on the go. This means that training materials should be accessible across multiple devices, especially mobile! If your organization hasn’t created device-agnostic training, it’s time to start seriously considering it.
Like millennials, individuals in generation Z are very active on social media networks. They thrive on peer to peer collaboration. Creating a training environment that encourages discussions and collaboration with peers, will make your learners excited about their training and help them stay better engaged with their training materials.
Make your training fun:
The key to engaging learners, of any generation, is to focus on creating a fun learning environment. Using delivery methods like simulation and gamification helps give your learners a hands-on experience that is both engaging and enjoyable.
Generation Z is beginning to enter the workforce. This means it’s time for you to start reviewing your internal training strategies and making sure your organization is ready for a younger generation of employees. If you’re looking to create online learning or revamp your current training, talk to us! We can help your organization create an effective online training strategy for your people.
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