With so much for people managers and corporate trainers to factor in when developing their post-pandemic Return-to-Work initiatives, organizations are turning to resourceful teaching approaches to ensure that employees are provided with the right training to be successful. In parallel, companies are also leveraging effective communications techniques to ensure their workers remain connected – both to their managers as well as to each other. While this is taking place, leaders continue to put their strategic focus on business continuity.
Impossible? We think not. Feasible? With the right tools and techniques – very much so.
Redefining Training to Drive Agility
At the highest level, what has become clear is that not only do the techniques, tools and processes we introduce have to work well in today’s climate, equally as importantly, they have to help workers become agile to adapt to future changes. Decision makers are now realizing that this idea, which in the past was considered by only those who were forward-thinking, has now become a core part of employee training strategies.
Building the Foundation: Leveraging Learning Platforms that Work with Your Organization’s Business Requirements
From an order of operations perspective, incorporating the right digital learning platforms that align with your organization’s technical requirements and meet your employee’s needs should be job #1. Within these, cloud-based programs, which have provided users the flexibility of working remotely, have been increasing in popularity. In fact, these have been instrumental to the growing demand of e-Learning software solutions.
Software deployment options aside, other developments that have led to a more interactive learning experience for employees are: Artificial intelligence-based tools, augmented or virtual reality, and wearable devices.
Taking Microlearning the Next Level with Cloud-Based Technology
Described as “the ability to deliver training content in short bursts of information,” microlearning, which, by design, breaks down complex concepts to form digestible ones, ensure that employees have the ability to process the information in a phased manner. By layering in cloud-based technology, it provides learners the flexibility of learning from any location, further helping to meet the challenges of distance learning.
Let’s look at this from a customer success story perspective. Established by the National Safety Council, the SAFER (Safe Actions for Employee Returns) program, which was formed to help organizations transition back to work following the initial outbreak of COVID-19, applied microlearning techniques to their training processes. To their delight, the results of this technique were nothing short of super positive.
Driving Efficiency in Communications: The Applicability of Bulletins
With staggered working structures, continued remote working and everything in between, effective communications becomes essential. Built on the science around working with an “employee’s memory bank” and piggybacking on our existing habit of creating short posts on social media, bulletins capabilities allow users to create short messages (about 200-300 characters) – all to drive effective communication.
Achieving Digital Learning Success: Best Practices
With these tools in place, it’s only logical to incorporate practices into the mix. Accordingly, we’ve put together 10 best practices which can help your organization elevate its digital learning success game to ultimately meet your EHS requirements.
Here’s a preview:
- Understand your employee’s training needs
- Establish a logical flow for the sessions
- Recognize the limits of digital learning
- Incorporate a strong security policy
- Have flexibility and configurability
- Leverage analytical tools
Driving Agility in Uncertain Times: What Lies Ahead
While the future of the corporate landscape remains uncertain, it remains critical to drive agility in the workforce. It’s become evident that the right mix of tools and techniques have proved to help companies prepare for current and future changes. As we’ve explored here, with the introduction of microlearning, bulletins and best practices, we are, in effect, moving towards progress.
To view our insight report ‘Disruptors: How Microlearning and Digital Platforms are Redefining Training,’ please click here.