Upgrading corporate training for the Facebook generation

Employee development training is critical to the long-term success of any organization. Making plans to help employees keep up with and fully utilize technology is part of any sound strategic plan. It's also necessary for business leaders to identify employees who have the potential to grow with the organization and develop them to fill critical roles that are likely to become available in the future.

Practicalities of Employee Training

The day-to-day challenges of running a successful business often take precedence over the implementation of cross-training and succession planning. Providing blended learning opportunities is one way that companies are rising to the challenge of finding time to fit needed training into the busy work day.

What is Blended Learning?

Blended learning is often described as hybrid learning. This increasingly popular approach to employee training combines online learning and face-to-face instructor led training.

Some companies offer basic skill classes via instructor-led training and then make advanced classes available in an online format. Others combine elements of both types of training into the same class, thus reducing the number of hours that employees spend in classroom training without sacrificing course content.

Benefits of Blended Learning

There are many benefits of using blended learning for employee training. Combining live instruction with online training ensures that trainees have the benefit of the latest training technology paired with the time-tested benefits of traditional instructional delivery.

Are you ready to integrate blending learning into your training program? To get started follow these steps.

Step 1:

Determine if training is necessary. Not all workplace performance problems are resolved with training, according to the performance analysis model developed by Robert Mager and Peter Pipe. Training helps if you want to correct a skill or knowledge deficiency. It is not as effective for problems relating to organizational issues such as inadequate work systems and resources, conflicting policies and poor management practices.

Step 2:

Ensure your training method meets the needs of your employees. Adults learn better when information has a direct and prompt connection to jobs responsibilities. They also need a safe learning environment that acknowledges their experience level. Applying these principles creates an atmosphere conducive to learning.

For more information on the latest techniques, you can utilize to get the most out of your team, stay tuned to Front Range Systems blog.

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