Let’s be honest. When it comes to work, you’re usually juggling your daily tasks – with a client on the phone, colleague waiting in front of you, running late for a meeting and still 20 emails behind. You cannot blame someone for having a short attention span when it is being divided into several aspects of work at once. Some are able to handle the pace easily, invigorated and challenged by the pace of business – others, unfortunately not as much.
The same applies when it comes to corporate training and developing training initiatives that address the unique training needs of individuals within your organization. There is no “one method fits all”. The aim, at the end of the day, is being able to deliver effective and engaging training – granting employees the knowledge and know-how to be able to perform tasks efficiently and effectively – boosting growth, increasing sales and cultivating success.
Below, we look at a few tips in order to ensure effective and engaging corporate training:
Gamification is a trend that has successfully proven to be an influential tool when it comes to increasing employee engagement. When applied to e-learning, gamification adds competitive elements motivating individuals in an appealing manner to complete tasks and move on to the next. With the ability to keep track of all performance and place on leaderboards based on performance, it also cultivates an environment for healthy competition, motivating employees to perform to the best of their abilities.
Make it visual
The majority of people prefer the use of images and graphics in order to learn, as the brain has a much easier time remembering visuals. The use of visual imagery has the ability to create strong mental images as opposed to a paragraph of words. Effective corporate learning utilizes visuals to make data & information easier to understand and remember.
“Microlearning is a holistic approach for skill-based learning and education which deals with relatively small learning units. It involves short-term-focused strategies especially designed for skill-based understanding/learning/education.”
Microlearning ensures better engagement for employees as it targets a specific objective, with a shorter duration. Since the duration is so short, it prevents fatigue and therefore restlessness and disengagement from setting in. It provides for better retention of concepts, better employee satisfaction, faster and focused learning, reduced costs and much more.
Each and every methods of training can always be improved. However, how do you know whether it can be improved and how, if you cannot measure its effectiveness? Modern LMS platforms, such as Adoctus, automatically compile detailed reports based off insights provided by advanced analytics. Monitoring analytics grants you the ability to comprehend and identify and correct skill gaps, the overall success of your course, areas that need improvement, discover top achievers and more.
Integrate Soft Skills
When it comes to effectively running a company and ensuring it’s success, success isn’t purely based off hard skills. Soft skills and personal attributes can largely influence your work and how well you engage and interact with others. As the saying goes “teamwork makes the dream work” – most jobs require meaningful interactions with others in order to successfully work together. Soft skills are also extremely valuable when it comes to negotiating to win a new contract, presenting a new product or service to an investor, networking for new clients, etc – helping you win more business and accelerate your career progression.
Include your employees
To understand what your employees need, what drives them, what helps them succeed and ultimately what makes them tick…. Why don’t you just go straight to the source? Include your employees, approach them and try to get to know and understand them. Speak to your employees and ask them what skills they feel they lack in, which courses would impact their productivity, and how successful they are finding your current training program. It really is as simple as that.