When embarking on a data-driven journey, creating a corporate training program that aligns with your company’s goals is hard. According to different surveys, internal training programs offer employers and employees advantages that are not found when you send an employee to an external training program. This is mainly because interiorization occurs more naturally and employees cement learning better when they already have a certain level of familiarity and trust with the trainer.
Personalized on-the-job training that enhances an employee’s skills and ensures readiness for the next promotion, or eligibility for internal transfers, is generally far superior to a public or general purpose course.
Thus, here are our top tips for boosting your internal corporate training program:
Make training more flexible and more accessible
You’ve heard it before, and you’ve experienced it yourself: employees are busier than ever. Making time for training is difficult when they’re balancing so many demands on their time and attention. Fortunately, digital e-learning platforms have become a viable and easy-to-use option and with an intuitive user-interface, you’ll save learners from frustration and confusion when using the platform.
Match different learning options and preferences
One of the worst mistakes in planning an ongoing training program is to assume that all learners have the same learning preferences. To start with, today’s workforce spans five generations – all of whom have different levels of comfort with technology. This means that while Millennials and Generation Z might immediately understand how to navigate a sophisticated mobile learning platform, your flashiest efforts at modern training may just leave your older audience behind.
Your best bet for satisfying a variety of learning preferences is to design content that combines text, graphic, and video elements. Then, add simple exercises that offer quick wins, prepare the learner for larger activities.
Leverage on gamification techniques
Gamify the entire e-learning experience. Incorporated into other e-learning platforms, gamification takes the elements of games (e.g. points, leveling, and leaderboards) and uses them to motivate and train at the same time. Other elements of gamification in learning include:
- competition: Employees can compete against themselves, the game, or other employees
- game mechanics: Instead of straight facts, gamification uses a game-based problem-solving approach (badges, points etc)
- storytelling: Some games use stories with the user embedded in the plot
Personalize the learning experience
Some studies have shown that only 10% of corporate training is effective and this is mainly because the companies are not laying the proper groundwork to get the most out of what is being taught.
With the rapidly increasing learning materials and learning resources, either offline or online, it is quite difficult to find suitable materials based on learner’s need.
That is why personalized learning can help in:
- identifying the learner’s requirements
- creating personalized content for the learner
This goes very well hand in hand with creating simple feedback channels with learners and simply asking them what they want to learn. An added benefit of asking employees what they want to learn is that they’ll be more motivated to participate if they feel heard and empowered in their own development journey.