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Training the Modern Corporate Learner

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From new hire training, to continued learning, it can be a challenge for businesses to keep employees up-to-date. Thanks to technology, the modern employee is used to having information readily available. If they have a question, they can simply turn to a search engine for answers. Except, this isn’t always the best approach.

Ease of access to information can lead to an informal learning environment. But, if an employee has the choice of going through long, unengaging training materials or quickly looking up information on their own, which do you think they’ll choose?

Informal learning can have damaging effects on a business. Employees may adopt practices that don’t follow company procedures or policies, or follow incorrect information. Here’s a common example. An employee has an issue using a program, so they turn to the web to find a solution.

This wouldn’t be a problem, except the company has a specific procedure employees must follow, or else it interferes with another software program. Mistakes like this can easily be avoided with training provided by the business. Creative training solutions can encourage development by offering options and flexibility to employees, while standardizing information for the business. It’s beneficial for both sides!

Corporate learning can play an important role in improving employee productivity, while improving business performance results and efficiency. A Merrill Lynch study found that a 10 percent increase in education resulted in an 86 percent increase in productivity for corporations.

What can you take from these results? Studies like this show that improving training practices and making continuous learning programs available to employees can help them develop the deeper skill sets they need to advance.

It may sound easy, but providing training to the modern learner often comes with many challenges. Businesses have to learn to work with remote teams, scale training with company growth, and adjust to different learning-style preferences.

So, what can they do? Technology-supported learning offers many options to develop formal training that is engaging, is consistent, and can be updated frequently. E-learning options, such as video, are a great way to engage employees and resolve many of the issues businesses face.

Training Remote Teams

With constant developments in technology and communication tools, a growing number of external and internal business communications no longer happen face-to-face. Teams may be spread across the globe and rely on communicating through email, Skype, or conference calls.

There are many benefits that come with using these tools, but they don’t solve all location issues. It can be challenging to schedule training among remote teams and across different time zones. How can businesses provide not only training, but also continual learning to develop and reinforce skills with these limitations?

Technology has created new tools to enhance day-to-day communications, and businesses can embrace tools made available through technology for training. Explanation videos can be a great solution around many of these remote barriers. This is because explanation videos can be used with nothing more than access to email and the Internet. They offer an easy way for businesses to share information, and employees can watch at any time, from any location.

Explanation videos combine storytelling, audio, and video elements, such as live presenters, illustrations, and animations, to introduce topics. They can be used for virtually any subject, from new hire training for remote employees to introducing specific departments within the company. They can even be used to give employees a call-to-action, directing them to the resources they need. A great solution to encourage formal learning over looking up info on the web!

Scaling Training with Company Growth

Developing professional training can be costly and time consuming. As a business grows, it may not have the budget or resources to tackle every training need. Some training methods, like coaching from internal management, may not scale well. Each manager brings their own skills and knowledge from their unique backgrounds, so their level of training varies. This can make it difficult to provide consistent information to employees.

Luckily, e-learning tools, such as video, make training easy to scale-up as a business grows. Plus, they help regulate information, ensuring it’s credible, consistent, and structured in a way to strategically develop results.

One example is a research study that was done by Brandon Hall. The study focused on e-learning practices at IBM. Using e-learning the company trained 6,318 managers at a third of the cost of classroom training. They were also able to train on five times the amount content compared to before e-learning and save close to $200 million a year!

But what are some of the challenges that may come with providing e-learning on a wide scale? Setting up a learning management system, or LMS, can be time-consuming and requires specialized IT knowledge. The initial cost of integrating an LMS with existing user databases or software can be high, and incompatibility of systems is a common problem. If an LMS does not have the right capabilities, the system may have difficulty handling a large number of education users.

The good news is, businesses can still use elements of e-learning, such as videos, without having to set up an entire LMS. Companies can work around having to set up an LMS by using a third-party platform that offers ways to share videos through emails or downloads. This way, they can create educational videos with little cost or IT knowledge.

Using an outside software is a great way to keep up with scaling training, because it offers simplicity, and the ability to quickly create new videos for rapidly changing business needs. Free resources, such as do-it-yourself explanation videos are a cost-effective solution to deliver continual learning. You can even convert existing presentations and training materials into videos with software that offers writing templates and a database of visual images to compliment the topic at hand.

Suiting the Learner’s Needs

Neuro-scientific research suggests the brain must reach a certain level of activity and engagement during training or learning won’t be retained. Conventional training often fails to do this because it overwhelms employees with large amounts of information, and presents topics in uninteresting ways.

On the other hand, using videos in training creates time for reflection and allows large amounts of content to be split up into more digestible segments. Even training on seemingly dull topics, like compliance, can be made more absorbable with the enrichment of creative tools.

From blended learning, which combines both computer and classroom, to mobile learning, these approaches can enhance the learner’s experience. Video materials that are available on-demand offer flexibility in initial training, and can also be used to refresh topics over time. There’s plenty of possibilities!

Another advantage of videos is that they allow for personalized pacing. Learners have the advantage of watching at any time, from any location, and from a variety of devices. Having the power to choose when they want to go over training materials allows employees to train in a way that suits their individual needs. This can have positive effects for a business, since studying materials across multiple sessions can help increase learning retention. It’s a great way to create a habit of learning for employees, and encourages the development of a company learning culture.

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About the Author

Leslie Khouri

Leslie Khouri has a background in English, writing, and digital marketing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and has written articles for various agencies on a variety of subjects, including marketing, education, products, and business. She is currently a content creator for the online explainer video creation tool mysimpleshow.

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