87% of millennial employees say professional development is important to them.
40% of employees receiving poor job training quit their jobs within the first year.
Companies with engaged and trained employees can outperform those without by up to 202%.
From the statistics above, it’s clear that employees in 2020 will start prioritizing employee training and development even more. Plus, it’s also evident that employee training is an investment that is reaping companies significant benefits.
But does it come that easy?
Modern employee training processes require an air-tight implementation of the right ideas and techniques. And in this post, we will talk about the same.
Here are five smart tips to help you use modern training technologies to boost your ROI.
1. Prepare a Comprehensive Employee Training Program
There’s a number of reasons why companies start employee training.
Sometimes it’s for compliance. Sometimes for skill development. Sometimes for introducing a new platform, software or technology. And sometimes simply for helping new employees learn more about the organization.
Whatever it is for you, your company’s employee training processes can’t go on without a comprehensive program.
This program will direct your training sessions in the right direction and will lead your employees towards desired betterment.
Speaking of how to create a successful training program, the following pointers will help you get started.
- Identify the need: The first and most important thing that matters while creating an employee training course is the purpose.
What’s the goal that you want to achieve with this course? Is it a compliance training program? Or is it to train your new hires? Or is to educate your tenured employees about the upcoming trends and technologies in your industry?
Take some time. Think about it. Find the right reason and move ahead to the next step.
- Talk to your Employees: The next thing you need to do is talk to your employees about this program. Ask them for their suggestions and issues that they may like targeted in the program.
This will help you ensure that more of your employees are interested in the training program.
Be concise and useful: This is something that your training program can’t do without.
Obviously, if you create an employee training program that fails to add value to the lives of your employees, the purpose will be defeated.
So, make sure that your program is concise, comprehensive and has information that helps your employees hone their skills.
- Find the Right LMS and Authoring tool: Speak of modern employee training technologies, and you can’t go on without Learning Management Systems and eLearning authoring tools.
These tools make the entire course development and management process easy. So, find the right cloud-based LMS and authoring tool to get going.
2. Gamify the Learning Process
As managers and employers, we all know how not every employee likes the idea of employee training.
And it isn’t even their fault. With everything else to look after, they may not find employee training interesting. But, as it’s essential, we need to come up with something that encourages them to participate in the training program.
Gamification is the deal for you.
By amalgamating mini-games with the learning process, you can evoke interest in the minds of your employees, and they may start liking the employee training process.
Sounds good, right? Well, try it out. Most of the modern-day LMSs allow gamification as an in-built feature, so you don’t have to spend extra.
3. Get in Touch With Professional Trainers
Now that you have decided to train your employees, why not do it the right way?
Trying to pull the training chores off all by yourself may get you in a sweat. Plus, if you lack the right training experience, things can backfire, leaving your money, time and effort at stake. And that wouldn’t make much sense, right?
Well, why not leave it to the professionals?
Yes, we know it may add chunks to your budget. But we need to realize that a slightly expensive and really effective employee training program will be way better than a dirt-cheap program that does no good for the resources that it consumes.
So, don’t take the risk. Let the best people take care of the training process so your’s and the team’s efforts actually pay off.
4. Track Important Metrics
You would know how your business tracks the number of metrics to learn more about performance. The same approach is essential for your employee training chores as well.
As you are investing capital, your employees are spending their time and effort; it’s a must for you to check whether the program is even helping them get better or not. This can only be done by tracking all the important metrics about your learning program.
And if you are wondering which metrics are the most important to check, here’s a list.
- Employee attendance
- Course progress from employee to employee
- Number of attempts taken by different employees to clear given tests
- The average time taken for completing the course
- Overall employee performance
By tracking these metrics, you will get a fair idea about how good your training program is performing and which areas need more of your attention.
5. Pay Attention to Employee Feedback
As you have created and launched an employee training program to help your employees hone their skills, you must check with them if the program is really helping them grow or not.
In a number of cases, the employees may not point out the ineffectiveness of the training programs due to which the efforts are put to waste.
Make sure this doesn’t happen in your organization.
Ensure a free learning environment where your employees feel free to reach out to you or the trainers for sharing how they think about the training program.
It’s the 21st century, and the employees have become aware of what’s right for them and how they need it. This awareness has given rise to modern-day employee training methods.
And as you try to make the most out of these methods, we shared some tips on how you can achieve that.
Hopefully, this was helpful.
About the author:
Costa Lamprou is the head of PPC at The Elearning Industry Network. With experience from everything ranging from product development and sales to training and PPC, Costa helps eLearning businesses reach their full lead gen potential. When he isn’t helping clients succeed, Costa likes to expand his marketing horizons with the help of eLearning courses.
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