5 Ways For Making Training and Development for Employees Even Better

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Workplace training doesn't have to be boring or just a paper exercise. New techniques and methods can be applied to engage your employees while bringing other benefits to the workplace. Here are 5 ways for making training and development for employees even better:


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Recent research into learning and development in the UK found that companies that embrace new ideas, practices and technology in their training are improving employee retention and increasing their turnover. With that in mind, to take your workplace training to the next level, here are five training methods for your employees that are just a bit different…

1. Gamify the training experience

Workplace training is certainly no game, particularly with the amount it costs, but that doesn’t mean it has to be dull. Gamification is the process of spicing up the learning experience by introducing elements of competition and even challenges that have to be completed before employees can move onto the next training module.

While that may sound expensive, simply introducing a digital checklist which employees can tick off as they complete a module can add an extra level of engagement and motivate them to progress. Leaderboards showing progress can also engender a bit of competitive spirit. 

Recommended reading: How to Motivate Staff Through Employee Training

2. Embrace microlearning

Many smaller businesses simply cannot afford to have key members of the team away from the workplace for days at a time to attend conferences and training courses. Thankfully, the technologically-driven world we live in means that plenty of alternatives exist.

Microlearning allows your employees to learn new skills and concepts in bite-sized chunks. Sessions are split into 10, 30 or 60-minute sessions depending on their schedules, with each session focusing on a single learning objective. That allows employees to fit training around their existing commitments and helps to increase their appetite to learn. There are also a host of other benefits associated with microlearning

3. Take a collaborative approach

Whilst individual training helps target specific skills needed for personal development, it is important for members of staff to train collectively. Collaborative training not only saves time and budget for a number of different training sessions for various staff members, but it also provides a fun and engaging atmosphere that helps build team relationships and staff communication in the workplace.

To keep costs low, there is a range of technology you can hire to reinforce collaborative staff training. For example, whilst interactive whiteboards are common in the classroom, they also allow your staff to work together by highlighting and editing documents to answer questions and solve problems. This engaging technique encourages participants to collaborate and become part of the process rather than learning in a passive way.

Recommended reading: Training Camp: Fun Ideas for Getting Your Employees More Involved

4. Harness VR and AR technology

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in particular have already made a huge impact in the world of employee training. The beauty of this type of technology is that it allows employers to recreate expensive or potentially dangerous settings while removing all of the risks.

For example, surgeons and engineers can use AR inlays to create high-level training in a safe and controlled way that replicates situations they could experience in real life. For smaller businesses, this technology can help improve personal skills such as critical thinking and time management, or multiple headsets can be used together as a team building exercise.

5. Make learning a social experience

Even when teams are geographically dispersed, internal social platforms and tools like smartboards can be used to bring employees together so they can learn from one another. Instant messaging, video chat and other social platforms can be used to make workplace training a collaborative experience, boost employee engagement and build working relationships across teams and locations at the same time.

Educating from the past experiences of colleagues adds a personal touch to a training session that is specific to your business, in turn, helping employees learn what will work well for the future of your organisation.

Are you ready to take a new approach to workplace training?

Although there’s still room for traditional trainer-led sessions, an increasing range of innovative and technologically advanced training methods are giving employees the chance to learn in a more flexible and engaging way.

Over to you now. Are there are any new training methods we’ve not mentioned that you have successfully implemented for your business? Please share your suggestions in the comments below.

 

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