With the advancement of technologies, use of mobiles, robust learning platforms and globalization, the face of employee training is changing at a very fast pace. These advances have enabled learning and development organizations to access learning courses with ease, thereby reshaping today’s approach to digital learning. Employee motivation, learner interaction, human capital management, recognition and workforce training are important for L&D organizations today and will continue to evolve with time.
Gone are the days of traditional classroom approach where learners used to perform the same task and in the same job role. With digitization, people are shifting more to learning via online Learning Management Systems (LMSs) for enterprise and mobile learning to attain organizational success and stay ahead of the curve. Let us discuss the top trends that are driving the future of training for L&D organizations:
► More focus on Learning & Development
Today, organizations focus more towards learning and development to enhance their brand value in the market. Technology has empowered learning experiences and mobile technology is likely to act as the most efficient training tool in the future. Employee training is beneficial for employees to improve their performances and for employers to increase business productivity and reduce training expenses.
► Evolution of mobile technology
With global internet connectivity, the use of mobile devices has changed from a luxury item to a necessity. Smart phones and tablets are used to access online courses and fulfil the ever-changing needs of today’s tech-savvy generation. With increasing number of employees working from home or during travel, it is believed that the focus of workplace learning will shift more towards mobile technology and multi-device compatible platforms.
► Gamified learning
With the integration of gaming elements with training courses, learning has become more engaging, thereby motivating people to learn more and boost their knowledge competency. Gamification facilitates experimental learning which often results in innovative thinking to meet customized learning needs. Whether you embed games, simulations, role play or puzzles, it adds high employment engagement to turn your training approach to be more effective.
► Personalized learning
With mobile technology, it is possible to implement a more personalized approach to workforce training, based on learners’ proficiencies and preferences. Personalization focuses on learners’ habitual mode of learning, allowing them to learn at their own pace. Customized learning helps organizations address skill gaps and employees’ performance matrix at workplace. Shift from a one-size fits all approach to personalized content development has become popular due to technology and will evolve in the next few years. With time, bigger focus is put on employee experience, as L&D organizations invest increasing amounts on improving training environments and achieve organizational success. Employees are motivated beyond personal gain and emphasize more on managing a great work-life balance.
► Timely feedbacks
Today’s workforce comprises of millennials, who wish to gain recognition on social media platforms. Consequently, they also thrive for instant feedback so that they can work on their improvement areas and perform better in the future.
The key to these latest trends is that they allow enterprises to incorporate e-learning with their workplace culture and have a direct impact on business productivity. The availability of state-of-the-art enterprise LMS enables employees to retain relevant information, boost their engagement level and allow businesses to identify the bottom-line impact of learning.
Suggested Further Reading: https://www.perkbox.com/uk/2016/12/30/6-trends-shaping-future-hr-2017/