Learning & Development

Does your learning suit your employees?

During the pandemic Vox EU found that 65% of businesses said that their current learning platforms were not seen as fit for modern workplaces.

This suggests that if the majority of businesses are saying their platforms aren’t suitable, then surely employees are left feeling the same.

Not having suitable learning can lead to low information retention, team positivity and employee retention. Therefore, businesses must find ways to combat this ongoing issue.

The biggest question is, how do you this and ensure the learning provided is specific enough for your employees?

Let’s find out…

Develop a targeted training and development plan

When creating any learning content, it’s important to pinpoint key information. That’ll help ensure your learners are left with no confusion and their learning is fully optimised.

By no means does this need to be done alone. You can always entrust Learning & Development consultants like ourselves to go through all this with you.

There are certain ideas you need to consider:

  • Will the training be best suited in a classroom, online or blended format?
  • What is your budget?
  • What kind of awards or certifications will the learner receive at the end of the training?
  • How will the results be measured?

There are other considerations to be had too. We recommend that where possible consider as much as possible as early as possible.

Consult with experts

With learning, it’s essential that the information is precise. Especially for any linked to official certifications such as, Food Safety and Health & Safety.

Due to knowledge being held at upmost priority with training, you need to find out whether you have an in-house expert to provide support. If not, you may need to seek external experts.

This could be through the use of a consultant or through an expert an employee may know within the workplace that you can seek advice from.

Not having the approval of an expert could lead to unsuitable learning that doesn’t fulfil the objectives required or that is incorrect. In the worst-case scenario it could lead to them not being compatible with a certification board making it invalid.

Measure results

This is perhaps one of the most effective ways of checking if your learning is suitable for your employees.

Measuring results can be done in numerous ways; from tracking the scoring on quizzes and knowledge tests throughout the training to sending out a survey to employees who have received the training.

If you’re finding that those partaking are scoring high on quizzes or are replying with positive feedback, then you know it’s suitable. If it’s the opposite, you have the knowledge to correct the issue.

Conduct a test programme

Sometimes it’s hard to know the suitability of your learning until it has been created and tried out properly.

Prior to this it is not guaranteed that it will be successful so, it might be good to get an employee or manager to test it out once completed to see if they feel it is relevant and suitable for others,

If they provide any feedback this can be altered before it’s rolled out to anyone else.

It may even be more beneficial to have group test it out so, you receive multiple opinions.

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