Employers spend around $160 billion per year in employee training and education. But a lot of that money might be spent in vain, as only around 25% of employers that responded to a McKinsey & Co. survey admitted that their training and education initiatives truly improved their employees’ performance.
Additional research discovered that most workplace training and education fail because employees aren’t being provided with the appropriate learning resources. To ensure that your L&D programs are successful for both your organization and its learners, here are seven resources you’ll want to ensure your employees have.
1. Cloud-Based LMS
Employees with access to a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) will have access to their own learner profiles, personalized learning plans, learner analytics, assessment scores, instructor feedback, peer feedback, etc. This information will let them know what they’re learning, what they can learn, and how they’re doing, allowing them to be successful on their L&D paths at your organization.
2. Mobile Learning Apps
Mobile learning apps connect learners to more personalized and relevant learning experiences when it’s convenient for them and help them retain what they learn over time. For more insight, read “9 Essentials Your Workplace Learning Apps Need in 2019” and “What You Need to Know About Microlearning and the Brain.”
3. Social Learning Platforms
Social learning platforms help employees interact with one another as they learn and yield high rates of employee engagement and workplace collaboration, as well as develop more interactive learning environments. Social learning platforms usually integrate well with existing mobile learning apps and platforms, too.
4. On-the-Job Experiences and Training
According to research compiled by Inc., Millennials believe their L&D programs are failing because those programs lack on-the-job training or relevance—and they’re not alone. Be sure to incorporate on-the-job training and real-world experiences into your L&D programs as vital resources for your learners’ success.
5. Career Maps
Many employees become disengaged with their L&D programs because they don’t understand how those programs relate to their career goals or long-term career paths. So, develop career maps for employees that plot out their L&D plans, goals, and progress.
6. Relevant and Timely Feedback
Employees need relevant and timely feedback to be successful learners. Otherwise, they may not know what they’re doing well or what they need to do to improve, and they will end up disengaged with their L&D programs.
For more insight, read “Businesses Are Saying Goodbye to Performance Reviews and You Should, Too.”
7. Coaches or Mentors
Workplace coaches and mentors will help employees learn the nuances and subtleties of certain roles, tasks, etc., which will ensure their learning success, especially in leadership-focused L&D programs and cross-training programs.
For more information, read “The Importance of Having Master and Advocate Mentors” and “4 Mentorship Program Ideas for the New Year.”
Make sure your employee learners have access to the seven resources above if you want them to have successful L&D experiences.