SHIFT's eLearning Blog
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If making your workforce more competitive in the market is part of your New Year’s resolutions (and it should be) then that means it’s time to identify your employees’ critical skills gaps. But what’s a “skill gap,” you ask? As the name implies, it is: “a significant gap between an organization’s skill needs and the current capabilities of its workforce.” It’s the moment at which a company realizes it can no longer advance, keep up with previously set goals or be competitive against other companies unless those skills are learned or improved. Identifying these gaps is critical to building effective and focused training programs. Often, companies launch programs without enough understanding of where the skill gaps exist in their workforce. This just produces poor results. It doesn’t make sense upping your customer service training when what your employees really need is leadership initiatives, right? There is a multitude of benefits to skill gap analysis and identification, including: Analyzes the organization as a whole. Analyzes existing skills and lets you know if employees can learn these new skills through training or if you may need to hire different workers. Gives you an idea of what training is required first and where you need to spend the most money and time.
The start of a new year is a time for envisioning a better YOU and setting intentions for the road ahead. It is a time for making resolutions so that you can be your best version, both personally and professionally. As an instructional designer, this is your chance to look closely at how you work and set resolutions that will help you become a more effective professional.
Millennials will make up 75 percent of the workforce by the year 2025. As more millennials become a part of your team, the discussion of how to properly onboard them floats to the surface. Training millennials isn’t the same as training their predecessors—they’ve grown up in the age of technology where they’re always engaged and stimulated by phones, social media and more.
An empowered learner is also an empowered employee. Let that idea sink in for a second. Changing old training methods to suit current learners’ needs isn’t just about taking technology and shortened attention spans into account, it’s about empowering today’s workforce with the tools they want and need to be satisfied with their jobs and to be better assets to the company as a whole. Getting to this point means doing away with old methods like lengthy lectures and dense presentations and acknowledging that no one really likes being talked at. Not only is it boring, but it's also not effective.
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Warning! Reality check ahead. Traditional learning alone is not enough in the modern corporate sector. The face-to-face, one-size-fits-all training that many companies are happy to dump on their employees is obsolete. It is now time to embrace digital transformation and deliver online training too. It is time for a change.
Let’s be honest: your employees use smartphones and tablets every day, everywhere — including in your workplace.
Trainers and managers have known for decades that employees who are motivated to learn will more effectively consume training materials and perform better at their jobs. But what exactly motivates employees today? And what are the best ways that eLearning courses can impact and motivate modern learners, including millennials — a group that will make up more than half of the workforce by 2020? The truth is that people are motivated in different ways. It’s very tough to find a “one-size fits all” training solution that will meet the needs of your employees’ various personalities and personal drivers. However, we can use some psychology to break down five distinct sources of motivation for corporate eLearners.
To grow as people, we should each constantly be striving for improvement, looking for ways to learn, progress, and better ourselves. A good company does whatever it can to educate and cultivate well-preforming employees, but the best employees are ones that take the initiative themselves and continually look for ways to expand upon their current knowledge and skill set. These are the employees who will shine in their positions. As employers, there are certain ways that we can cultivate an environment of learning, and encourage people to take the initiative, ultimately giving better benefits to both the company and themselves. But how does one do that? How exactly can your employees take the initiative and grow in your field? Here are a few ideas you can inculcate among them: