Today, education in the workplace looks pretty different to how it did a few years ago. Remember all those office lectures that went through one ear and out the other? Fear not, because office education has had a makeover. Learning in the modern workplace is characterised by the use of technology, targeting employees with the right content just when they need it. It also facilitates regular testing, enabling them to cement their knowledge. And knowledgeable employees are effective employees. Sounds good, huh? Oh, and did we mention it can all be done from bed…?
It’s all about content
Forget long lectures, content in the modern workplace is streamlined. A Learning Management System (LMS) allows businesses to tailor content according to employee needs. Short videos, testing and tracking optimize knowledge-retention is possible because the information that employees receive is targeted.
Bitesized is better
We all retain information better when it’s delivered in bitesize chunks. LMS’s can offer automatic prompts for employees to revise essential pieces of information. For example, a telephone salesperson may be asked to take a quiz to bring them up to scratch on protocol. For more on bitesize learning, check this out.
The other great feature of modern workplace learning is the use of analytics. Companies can get instant feedback on their employees’ performance and engagement in quizzes and other learning assessment tools.
Lights camera action
Video tutorials are fast becoming the most popular learning medium among employees. Short films permit the delivery of bitesize information in an engaging format. To stay ahead of the curve, smart businesses will up their game in the training video department.
The beauty of learning management systems is that they enable education on-the-go. Mobile learning is incredibly important to today’s employees and comes in the form of apps and online videos. It is paramount that businesses make their educational content mobile-friendly. Employees value being able to carry learning content in their pockets wherever they are – from the top of a mountain to the comfort of their pillow!
For more on the rise of mobile learning, take a look at this.
Let’s get sociable
Word-of-mouth is still a great way to acquire and revise information. But social learning also involves digital recommendations based on your online activity. Additionally, social networks can be used to deliver videos to employees which present feedback from their peers and seniors. Modern learning and development harnesses the power of technology to optimize information-sharing within a community.
Why learning matters
Businesses which foster continuous learning among their employees create an engaged and innovative workplace culture. LMS’s are indispensable to companies aiming to integrate modern workplace learning into their daily practice. Technology facilitates the delivery of targeted, engaging and trackable content, saving time for the work at hand (which is mostly done once out of bed).