Today’s employees value professional development. Millennials especially emphasize the importance of on-the-job training when searching for their next job. Due to this trend, more and more businesses have found value in providing their employees with career development courses. Adding more value to the skills training is a solid path with clear goals laid out. These paths are referred to as corporate training programs.
Corporate training programs give your employees structured, on-the-job training that helps keep your employees engaged — in particular your Millennial employees. This leads to higher productivity and overall higher quality work. In addition, thorough leadership training can help develop your company’s next generation of leaders.
So if you’re thinking of implementing corporate training programs in your company, you’ll want to do so with the latest innovations and advances. Here are five of those to implement in your company:
Mobile learning isn’t exactly a surprise, as seemingly everything is moving to mobile these days. It’s only natural that employee training and development would follow. Although only 8% of businesses are currently using mobile learning apps, expect that number to rise.
Mobile is the easiest way to give your employees access to their courses and learning materials no matter where they are. With mobile access, they can learn at the office, at home, on their commute or even on vacation (if they’re really dedicated). To make sure your employees have the ability to complete their training courses, you have to let them do it wherever they want, on the device they use the most. You might be surprised by how quickly they’ll complete their training.
Go figure that professional development would take a page from teaching’s playbook. Adaptive learning is based off of adaptive teaching, where a teacher gathers information on each of their students to learn what they need to improve. Essentially, it’s a method of learning that allows each individual to learn at their own pace.
As TrainingMag explains: “Employees can be monitored individually and in real time to determine what learning approach will best suit their needs. It has advantages for younger generations entering the workforce that have expectations around flexibility and interaction.” By allowing your employees to learn at their own pace, they’ll stay engaged with the material. In addition, they’ll stay more engaged with the material because they don’t have tight deadlines to adhere to.
Developing Soft Skills
One of the great advantages of corporate training programs is that they don’t only teach job-related skills, but also soft skills. From general harmonious workplace interactions to leadership development, these are the skills that separate great managers from lesser managers. After going through training, your employees will be ready to seamlessly take over from your current leaders after they leave the business or retire.
There’s another reason why you want to teach your employees leadership skills. Your best employees, aka those you want to stick around for a long time, oftentimes want to see the possibility of upward mobility. They want to develop their leadership abilities so they can step into a management role someday. If you offer leadership development, they’ll be happy, produce better work, become better leaders and quite possibly lead your business in the future.
Letting Telecommuters Learn
More people are telecommuting than ever before. Although these virtual team members aren’t working out of the office every day, they’re just as important to your business as your office staff. Not to mention, they want to learn too.
Of course, not working from the office makes proper training a little more difficult since they’re not in close proximity. Nonetheless, they deserve the same level of training as their office counterparts. As Harvard Business Review explains, they need both the formal learning offered by training courses, but also more informal mentoring from their supervisors. Businesses that emphasize developing their telecommuters find the same increase in engagement and productivity as they do in their office staff.
The Teacher is Just as Important as the Student
Just as you should empower your employees with management training, you should empower your managers to help with said training. Harvard Business Review describes how the role of the manager has changed from coach and mentor to project manager and task assigner. With this role change, managers don’t have time to help develop their team. This leaves those employees without a physical person to turn to for questions and advice.
You have the power to help change that. Supporting managers to mentor their team gives those managers the ability to do so. This may mean lightening their workload a little bit, so they can spend the time necessary to mentor. You could also incentivize your managers to schedule some time every week or month for mentorship. That personal touch may be the difference between an employee reaching their potential and falling short of it.
Start Building Some Corporate Training Programs
With these ideas in mind, it’s time to start building your employees’ learning path. A corporate training program needs structure, so we’d suggest using a learning management system (LMS). It comes with courses available, lets you track their progress, and some vendors already come equipped with a mobile app.
You can use a LMS to help both your managers and employees. Employees can, obviously, use the system to learn, while managers can monitor their progress and help them out if they start to struggle. Think of an LMS as your education partner as you empower your entire business to get proactive about their learning.