March 15, 2017
Written by Dana Youngren
Tell us if you’ve been in this situation before: You’re asked to go to an all-day training for your company. The trainers sit at the front of the room and drone on and on about topics that at first you were excited/interested in hearing about, but by the end, you’re sleepy and can’t exactly remember what was talked about in the morning. Maybe you aren’t even sure what the trainer discussed an hour ago.
This is the problem that trainers face when dealing with today’s workforce, especially as it relates to millennials. These workers are accustomed to finding information quickly in the moment need it, which often makes them impatient when it comes to all-day training events. On top of that, modern workers in general are frequently interrupted by a variety of online work applications and collaboration tools that leave them little time to focus on training and development.
Knowing this, and understanding that two thirds of American workers complain they do not have enough time to do their jobs, companies need to find new ways to educate their employees to ensure continuous learning and development. But how can they do that with a new mobile workforce that values flexibility?
Microlearning: The New Way To Train Your Employees
The new workforce isn’t consuming learning materials in 50 page employee manuals anymore. Not only that, but many new employees operate from a remote location, making in-office training near impossible due to budgetary constraints. So what is a company to do to educate their employees?
Enter microlearning. As we stated above, the modern learner is one that is easily distracted, constantly on-the-go, and is always searching for knowledge. With microlearning, companies and their training staffs can better connect with this new workforce by delivering information into short, digestible bits.
The stats don’t lie: 94 percent of millennial workers desire a customized, bite-sized approach to their learning that is informal in nature. Let’s face it, who wouldn’t favor ten 5-minute lessons over one long 50 minute lesson?
There’s Plenty Of Benefits For Using Microlearning In Your Company
Microlearning isn’t just the latest fad in e-learning; it’s how employees in future generations will consume information as well. A company that implements microlearning in their training strategy will end up experiencing several benefits.
The first, and most important one, is employee buy-in. A recent Software Advice study on employee engagement found that 58 percent of employees said they would be more likely to use their company’s online learning tools if they were broken up into shorter lessons.
Another benefit to implementing microlearning is you will end up finding that your employees retain more information from these short videos. The human brain isn’t wired to maintain focus for long periods of time – we are constantly performing short and quick tasks that average less than five minutes per task. Microlearning allows employees to learn in a similar matter that they perform tasks, which explains why employees retain 20 percent more information through microlearning than traditional corporate training methods.
The best microlearning software platforms are also mobile-friendly. Why does this matter for a company? Because your employees can access learning modules from everywhere, whether they’re sitting and waiting for a doctor’s appointment, or working out before the workday starts. This can help your employees as they ever have a job-oriented questions, enabling them to find quick answers by accessing microlearning modules. Not only that, but your employees will be spending less time training at work, and more time working, leading to more productivity in the office.
Finally, microlearning courses are easier to create and much less expensive than traditional education methods. Think about it: when you train in a classroom (or an office), you’re possibly having to rent space, and spend money on class materials and equipment. Also, if you have employees leading the training, you’re taking away their working hours as well. The digital nature of microlearning makes it easy to update information whenever a company needs, while also using employees conducting the training only once – to film themselves giving the lesson.
We live in society that values rapid-fire, on-the-go access to bite-size pockets of information. That’s lot of buzzwords rolled into one sentence. However, it underscores the importance that companies need to place in a microlearning solution for their businesses in order to continually develop their workforce. Look to a knowledge management solution that supports micro-learning, allowing your employees the ability to access information and answers when they need it.
Stay tuned for part two of our deep dive into microlearning as we share ways in which your company can implement a microlearning solution.
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