5 must-know corporate training trends of 2019
Corporate training, like the technology and workers in the workplace, is constantly changing. Why? Because training content and techniques needs to adapt to technological and people changes. While there are many websites that can give you a rundown of all the changes in this department, we will provide you with a short sum-up of the most talked about corporate training trends of this year.
Trends in demands of corporate training
The first two corporate training trends we will discuss today are with regards to how demands for training in companies has changed. No longer is training just about getting workers to know the operations of the company, or simply motivate the workers. Both employers and employees now expect other things to be achieved through the training process.
Understanding these concerns will help you use training techniques more efficiently, since you know exactly what you are targeting at.
1. Corporate training to narrow skill gaps
Skill gaps in using technology
With technology constantly changing, employers are relying on corporate training more and more. Can you imagine installing a new operating system in your company but only a few workers know how to use it? In other words, the risk of these skills gaps is growing larger. And consequently, the biggest corporate training trend for employers is to narrow this gap.
In terms of delivery, this means that they will in favour of a lot more training programs that can be updated along with the technology. In other words, they want just-in-time training courses. They may also favour programs that can cover various skills rather than just one.
Skill gaps in adapting to technology
In addition to the concern, the organization of people in the corporation is also expected to be more efficient to match the rapidly changing technology. In other words, tasks and projects are more often expected to be completed well and in a shorter time period. To make this happen employers will want to boost communication, innovation and intrapreneurship. Thus, training programs that can induce this are also much appreciated.
2. Employees’ expectations: continuity and personalization
On the side of employees, the biggest consideration nowadays is that Millennials and iGen’ers are taking up more and more of the employee population. These are people who grew up in the information age, where things like the Internet and personal computers open to them an endless source of information right in their bedroom. And now, with the help of smartphones, they have all the knowledge in the world right in their pockets!
If you grew up like that, would you expect to be able to learn more through practice and experience at work? Don’t be surprised if young workers want to continuously learn, since they can always learn so much and so easily!
Furthermore, flexibility and convenience are great priorities of Millennials and iGen’ers. With smartphones, they can learn anywhere and anytime! Many also prefer to pick the course they need and do it at their own pace. Thus, personalization of corporate training is a growing trend, as workers desire more and more to learn according to their existing skills and the needs of their jobs.
In practice, many training programs are now organized into collections of courses for different skills which allows workers to customize their training. Within these collections, microlearning is a suitable strategy for courses since it follows the “pull” model of learning rather than the push model.
Find out more about the “pull” model here:
Corporate training trends: methods and techniques
Now that we’ve understood what is now expected of corporate training, here are some of the most popular trends in how these demands can be met.
3. Use eLearning and mobile learning
eLearning is the method of choice for most companies nowadays. Online platforms are the perfect place to store various courses that covers many different skills ranging from IT skills to soft skills. Additionally, it allows for various types of delivery and media (videos, infographics, audios, texts) to be used as part of the training.
More importantly, online learning is flexible and convenient for both employers and employees. The employers can cut the cost of organizing actual classes, while workers can participate in the training whenever and wherever they can or want to. Moreover, the flexibility of the course may actually help workers learn faster!
This corporate training trend is especially useful when applied to jobs with hectic schedules such as being a nurse. For example, F.studio has had the pleasure of working with an agency, IntelyCare, providing this kind of program for nurses. Specifically, this agency created a mobile app which uses lively animation to train the nurses on different tasks (e.g. moving patients, infection control) whenever they have the time. It is both convenient and effective!
Here’s a video that explains what IntelyCare does.
You can read more about how the course was developed here:
A lot of corporations are now looking into this technique, which basically means designing your training program into a game. In other words, you create a whole system of tasks and scenarios, perhaps with different levels that workers can clear. Most importantly, there has to be a way to reward the workers. For the sales department, this could mean getting commission for using new knowledge when selling. Otherwise, rewards could also be in terms of acknowledgement (e.g. using leaderboards).
An example of such a program is Atrivity. Specifically, this company provides games and quizzes on mobile phones that helps train workers in an exciting way. Many corporations such as Lacoste and IKEA have used this application in their corporate training.
This is such a popular corporate training trend because it makes learning and training interactive, fun and competitive. Perhaps it may even become a problem when your employees are too hooked on the game and forget about work!
The potential for gamification as a training technique is also great due to the development of AR, VR and AI technology. While it is expensive now, it may later be more affordable, and can make be used to make training scenarios much more realistic and engaging.
5. Set up peer-monitoring on collaborative platforms
The last corporate training trend is that of using collaborative platforms to allow for peer-monitoring. Facebook uses this strategy in its Facebook Leadership in Practice (FLiP) program. For this program, an internal network is created where workers discuss scenarios and learn from each other. It lets executives engage in the training and encourage communications. Besides, the networking will help build the company’s team spirit!
So, we’ve covered the most important corporate training trends of 2019. We’ve understood both the demands for corporate training and the popular methods used to deliver the knowledge. Thus, the question is to pick and choose the methods according to your company’s needs. Some of the articles below can give you some help on this quest.
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