If you are a business owner or a human resource professional, you should know this:
You need a training method that works best for your employees.
This is because every employee is different and has different learning needs. A unified approach to what they can learn is always welcomed, but the workplace is evolving and no one can deny this.
So, is this enough?
Technological advances have to offer an array of exciting opportunities and most importantly, they have introduced us to a more modernized approach to learning. The question is, shouldn’t organizations take real action and come up with more creative and cost-effective ways to engage employees?
Well, here at LearnWorlds we think so.
That’s why we have decided to share some of the most effective types of job training and help you make sure that your employees love the training you provide.
|Training Methods for Employee Engagement|
|Method 1: Job Rotation|
|Method 2: Role Playing|
|Method 3: Shadowing|
|Method 4: eLearning|
|Method 5: Group Discussions|
|Method 6: Social Learning|
|Method 7: Video Training|
|Method 8: Gamified Learning|
Method 1: Job Rotation
An interesting training method you can use is job rotation. Job rotation offers an exciting and fun way to increase interest and motivation by moving employees to different positions, departments or geographical locations for a short period and giving them different tasks.
The practice of moving employees between tasks aims to promote experience, variety and increase multi-skilling which in large comes to reinforce company training initiatives and provides an insight into the different roles your organization carries out.
As a training method, it allows employees to acquire new knowledge, improve existing skills, develop new ones and explore other perspectives. So why not try it out?
Method 2: Role Playing
Another excellent type of training is role-playing. The role-playing practice requires employees to take a role to work through difficult real-life situations and learn how to manage them effectively.
For example, working through different case studies that involve conflict at work or dealing with a difficult customer, helps them become familiar with their work environment and grow professionally.
On top of that, it allows them to develop new skills such as customer service skills and increasing their communication, problem-solving and leadership ability. Most importantly, role-playing facilitates interactive training and encourages employees to get involved.
Method 3: Shadowing
Everyone knows that the best way to learn is through active participation. Even though this is true, some people may need some more in-depth guidance before they are ready to dive into the deep waters and start working in a position.
This is particularly relevant for new employees who need time to get used to what people in their position are expected to do or how they should work.
But this is where job shadowing comes in. Job shadowing can be beneficial as part of the onboarding process. It offers a smart escape from the long and boring PowerPoint presentations and has new hires observing what other experts do and what methodologies they follow to carry out their job effectively.
Job shadowing is widely used in internships and helps to boost career development by gaining a better understanding of how the organization functions.
Method 4: eLearning
Face-to-face and classroom-based training are slowly fading away and elearning is taking its place. With the rising popularity of elearning, online learning material can be created and distributed just as easily and quickly.
This is achieved with the use of a learning management system (LMS) or an elearning platform that allows you to establish your elearning system and upload work-related or training content to it.
From there your employees can have access to learning resources, take assessments and earn certificates on a range of subjects including compliance training and CPE.
Also, microlearning – which is a part of a growing elearning trend, is super relevant too and can be used as part of employee training to enhance comprehension.
Microlearning refers to sharing small chunks of elearning materials that can be easily understood including the use of flashcards, video demos, podcasts, simulators, and other microlearning activities.
Method 5: Group Discussions
Group discussions should be encouraged more as they can be a great method of training. Working as part of a team helps to promote a wealth of benefits not only for individual employees but for the organization as a whole.
As a start, it helps employees become more self-aware, understanding their mistakes and searching for new ways to improve as members of a team. But that’s not all.
Here’s what organizing workplace group discussions can do:
All of these are qualities every employer needs in their team. No wonder why teamwork is regarded as an essential skill to have on every CV!
Method 6: Social Learning
Social learning is all about creating a community environment where employees can communicate freely and openly. This can be done easily through social media. Whether it’s LinkedIn or Facebook, you can create a user group and invite your employees to join.
There, you can encourage them to chip in to exchange advice and tips, ask questions or share useful training resources, tools, and materials.
Alternatively, if you are considering using an LMS, you can choose one that offers social learning features. For example, LearnWorlds comes with a built-in online community for your employees, that makes it easy for the employees – the learners, to communicate with you – the administrator.
Method 7: Video Training
Video is one of the most favorable training tools. This should not come as a surprise considering that it can help to create interactive, engaging and rich learning experiences.
The benefits of using video in job training are many:
Above all, with the video, you can create instructional videos, tutorial videos or interactive learning experiences to get better engagement and achieve knowledge retention.
Using a video recording tool or an LMS that can host interactive video-based learning is crucial to be able to deliver video training.
LearnWorlds offers video-based learning where you can add interactive elements and expect learners to take an action e.g. give an answer or choose an available option on the video screen. Why not give it a try?
Method 8: Gamified Learning
Who said corporate training and gaming are two separate things? Using gamified learning in your training sessions is the best way to win over your employees. Why?
Well, gamification is the process of learning that involves different game elements that make learning more interesting, engaging, impactful and…fun! When combining this with a corporate environment that offers flexibility, amazing things can happen.
Such game elements as The Elearning Industry identifies, can be used as part of a training program in the following ways:
Apart from delivering an interactive learning experience, gamification has the power to empower knowledge and performance that lasts long.
P.S. Read more about employee training development from our friends at HelpJuce.
How Are You Going to Engage Employees?
In the upcoming years, it looks like it’s no longer going to be enough to let traditional methods of training ‘do the job’. What every organization needs today is a revolutionary approach to learning. Preferably, online learning.
By building an online training program that offers gamified and social learning opportunities, a company can increase employee engagement and productivity for the short and long term.
Kyriaki is a Content Creator for the LearnWorlds team with more than three years of experience in digital marketing. Graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a Guidance degree, she has equipped herself with hands-on experience in education management and career guidance.