Every enterprise wants to have an efficient workforce who can drive the company forward with their hard work and bring in positive results. Creating a goal-oriented and motivated workforce is a challenging task. A lot depends on what you as an enterprise offer them. Until a couple of decades ago, employees used to have knowledge of any one particular skill and they could work until their retirement with that knowledge. It doesn’t happen anymore.
Today’s workforce is competitive. They want to know where the company is headed and what is in store for them. They will not stay for long with a company if they don’t see growth opportunities. Many organizations lose out on valuable resources due to this reason. Mere incentives are not enough to retain these employees. They need development opportunities. By adopting the current trends in training and development, L&D teams are trying to create an effective employee training program to upskill employees. This will ensure that employees have sufficient knowledge-building opportunities and feel valued by the employer.
Here are top 5 current trends in Corporate Training and Development that enterprises can implement to upskill their workforce (2019):
1) Provide Personalized Training:
People are being given personalized options in everything, from the content they watch online to social media feeds. Based on user behavior online, platforms like Netflix and Facebook automatically analyse the consumption patterns and offer suggestions and recommendations.
Similarly, corporate training programs are also being personalized to suit the requirements of the learner. The one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work anymore. Hence, L&D teams are designing training plans that are tailored to an employee’s requirements. Course contents are being created with targeted objectives and milestones that an employee is expected to achieve. Although this approach is time consuming, it produces positive results. By creating custom training modules, you are providing your employees with relevant resources that will improve their skills and help them deliver better output. Personalized training programs focuses on individual employee’s strengths and weaknesses and aims at improving and overcoming them.
2) Offer Continuous Learning Opportunities:
Today’s workforce is not satisfied with the one-time training that is provided at the time of joining the organization. They want to have knowledge of all the latest developments in their field of work. In order to keep up with new updates, a lot of them sign up for part-time courses which will help them perform their jobs more efficiently. A trend has been noticed where employees self-learn through online courses and look for a new job with their renewed skills and an updated resume in hand.
So, instead of them looking for other sources to train themselves, why don’t you provide them with the required training opportunities? The L&D teams can conduct a survey of the skills that employees wish to learn. They can then arrange for workshops or create an online training module for the same. Providing continuous learning opportunities will help your employees learn new skills and implement them at work, producing quality output. It will also encourage them to continue working for your organization, eventually reducing your attrition rate.
3) Use Social Media Platforms:
You would find your employees checking their phones every now and then for notifications and alerts. Keeping millennials away from social media seems like an impossible task. Hence, enterprises are using online platforms as part of the training and development program.
Platforms like Facebook can be used to create a dedicated page for your employees. It will allow all your employees including HR teams, team leaders, SMEs, and managers to interact with one another on a social platform. They can all discuss over a topic and come up with different actionable ideas. Some social media platforms like LinkedIn can be used for networking and link building. It will help the employees to connect with industry experts and have online conversations with them. You might come across a potential client on one of these platforms. By providing them a platform to interact with colleagues and industry experts, you are in a way helping them in developing their critical thinking and interpersonal skills. Thus, social media can be cleverly incorporated as part of the employees’ development process.
4) Include Gamification Techniques:
Gamifying training solutions and programs is a new trend leveraged by many corporate organizations. Gamification, simply put, is the application of certain gaming techniques into the employee training program. It is widely known that recognition and rewards motivate employees to perform better at their workplace. It is for this same reason that game-oriented courses are being designed. Gaming usually involves competitive behaviour, where players try to aim for the highest score. Enterprises want to create a competitive environment at work to boost employees’ productivity.
L&D teams can gamify training programs by introducing leaderboards, providing badges as a token of recognition, introducing reward points when they complete a level in the course module etc. Enterprises are utilizing this trend to increase participation and motivation and eventually increase engagement and productivity. Employees believe that working in an engaging work environment increases their interest levels and empowers them to put in more efforts.
5) Leverage Augmented Reality:
Though a bit costly, it is totally worth investing in, for the immersive learning experience that it provides. Incorporating augmented reality into training programs will generate much more engagement than a regular training session. AR displays a computer-generated 3D visual on your mobile screen that is superimposed over a normal image. You only need an AR enabled mobile device to make use of this technology. Augmented reality is being used in many industries such as healthcare, automobile, architecture, sales, corporate etc., to provide in-depth training to employees.
With this technology at hand, you can provide your employees with in-depth understanding of a tool or product. For example, sales professionals can see an augmented 3D version of their product which they can rotate and zoom for a better view. Similarly, an architect can view a 3D model of the structure that is being designed on paper, providing a better understanding of the design and its practicality. This trend has already been accepted by many industries and organizations and is expected to gain more popularity in the coming years.
There’s new technology coming out almost every day. You can’t expect L&D teams to provide training on every new technology that comes into the market. But, you can prioritize which are the trends in corporate training and development that will be more beneficial for your employees and can increase their productivity. Developing an effective employee training program maximizes the employee’s performance and helps you meet your business goals. Providing opportunities for professional development will have a positive and long-term impact on their productivity.
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