- The changing needs of the modern-day workforce have more closely linked on-the-job training to employee professional development demands, says Joachim Skura, a contributor to Gulf News. However, research from Oracle indicates that while around 60% of senior managers and directors think their learning programs are connected to their career development plans, only 25% of non-management employees believe the same.
- There is a lack of fulfillment among non-management employees because they feel their training is overly mandated and uninteresting. Employers can find ways to make learning more compelling and interesting given the interests of employees.
- Skura shares that employers can use the latest in VR technology, and cloud-based products to maintain the interest levels of learners.
Corporate learners are a different breed today. It's harder to generate interest when learning materials are dry or presented in such a way that learners cannot grasp it well. In the corporate world, the learning content must fit the purpose it's intended for, and that's to teach concepts that employees can put to work in their jobs right away.
Training also needs an element of fun in order to be effective, which is one reason why gamification and microlearning have emerged as recent trends. When training is forced, employees see it as a negative aspect of their job. Employers can look around and see all the ways that new information is delivered today, then adapt some of this to corporate learning.