Want to bring out the best in your employees? Promote a company-wide culture of learning.
Here’s the good news: Today’s workers are committed to and enthusiastic about lifelong learning. More than half of U.S. workers believe that new skills and training will be vital to their job success in the future, according to a 2016 Pew Research Center study. And a study on millennials by ManpowerGroup found that 93 percent of millennials (who will comprise 75 percent of the workforce by 2025) expect continuous professional development as an important part of their careers.
Even so, employees want to learn on their own terms. They prefer an approach to professional growth that allows them to learn at their own pace, on their own schedules, with their own devices, and in shorter blocks of time. How can you adapt the content and delivery of your corporate training programs to meet these needs? Here are five suggestions:
(1) Keep it engaging. Your employees will stay more motivated if you offer interesting, engaging training content. Use delivery modes such as gaming or social media. Employees—especially the growing millennial workforce—will find this type of learning to be fun and rewarding.
(2) Make it accessible. Promote learning anytime, anywhere. Rather than requiring your workers to attend long, onsite training sessions, allow them to access online learning content through mobile devices and smartphones, self-service portals, or on-demand training modules.
(3) Be brief. Your employees are short on time and overloaded with responsibilities. Consider micro-learning sessions, in which new concepts are taught in short chunks that take five minutes or less. These modules deliver a specific learning experience in a short time, providing what is often called “just-in-time” training.
(4) Make it relevant. Instead of taking a “one-size-fits-all” approach to training programs, tailor sessions to meet the specific needs of each employee or team. Connect learning modules to specific job performance goals, and assess learning through concrete, measurable skills.
(5) Be flexible. There are numerous ways to approach continuous learning for your employees, so find the method that works best for each particular situation. Some circumstances call for the traditional in-person training sessions, while mobile technologies may be best at other times. Vary your approach or combine different learning methods to meet your employees’ needs effectively and conveniently.
Investing in your employees’ language skills demonstrates your commitment to their professional growth and prepares them to make business connections around the world. Rosetta Stone offers learning solutions that match the learning styles preferred by your employees. Find out how we can partner with you to boost workforce training.