As digital learning professionals, we’ll admit it: those who work in corporate training aren’t usually seen as the “cool kids in class.” As part of HR, learning and development can sometimes get an inherently negative reputation based on employee experiences with HR in the past.
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When your typical training tactics start to feel a bit stale, it’s tempting to try and bring in new technology to remedy the issue. But sometimes, what could seem like a solution could actually compound the issues you’re having, like learners who are unenthused and disconnected.
If the golden rule is “do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” then why are so many learners forced to go through mandatory training that only serves to benefit their organization? Sure, improvement on a company-wide level is important, but it can also seem self-serving–and not for the individual.
Forgive us for quoting Spiderman, but the (admittedly gimmicky) saying goes that with great power comes great responsibility and that’s never more true than when it comes to technology. With the entirety of human knowledge just a few clicks away, it’s easy to fall into a trap where you let the tech do the talking. Big data, online resources, and social media often take the place of solid analytics and a personal touch.
When you’re on the hunt for a digital learning vendor to help you create, refine, and curate better training, you probably know some of the important things to look for: A robust portfolio of clients or an organization that will listen to you and create the learning you’ve envisioned. But while you’re turning over each proverbial stone to find the vendor best for you, you might be missing some of the key factors. By vetting a vendor fully, you’ll find the learning company that gives you the best results. Consider these factors before beginning your search:
No matter how you feel about them, this much we know is true: Millennials are an inescapable part of the corporate landscape. In fact, by 2030, they won’t just be part of the corporate landscape, they will make up 75 percent of the dominant generation.
Today’s business landscape means that no two days are the same. Industries are changing; you’ve probably learned that if your business doesn’t adapt, you could all too easily be left in your competitor’s dust. But where does that leave your employees? As you adapt to a changing landscape, you expect your employees to follow suit. As roles change, however, you might find that you’re inadvertently tapping into their greatest fears: becoming obsolete.
We’ve all heard the oft-used parable about the turkey conference. It’s the one where the turkeys attend a conference where they learn to fly, spending the entire day soaring to new heights over the farm. And when the conference is over? They all walk home.
Contrast that to the treatment of learning as a one-time event. You spend a ton of money on expensive one-day training or pay for an off-the-shelf program to get your employees excited about a new skill. They get amped up and enjoy the learning, but eventually return back to their own ways once they sit back down at their desks. The problem could be retention, but we contend that the main issue is actually a symptom of the traditional way of thinking about learning and training.
It’s a scenario that can make any L&D pro cringe: You have an overarching vision for a new way to improve training and development, but no one else seems to be all that interested. It might be easy to blame the actual initiative when the real problem was in the way you shared your idea. The average person only has an eight-second attention span, which means that even the most revolutionary ideas must compete with things like social media and funny cat videos. Time for multimedia.
As an eLearning company, we can definitely respect enthusiasm when it comes to overhauling your current training programs. We’re pretty passionate about it, too. But we often see a major misstep in the road to new eLearning, and that’s rushing to creation.
Imagine you’re going fishing: You load up your tackle box, grab your bait, and head to the perfect spot to catch fish. Unfortunately, you open your tackle box only to find that you’ve packed mousetraps–no fishing rod in sight.