As new types of jobs are being created, and a new work force emerges, new training tools can yield powerful results.
By Christy Rogers
What is the biggest struggle for a business owner when it comes to training employees? According to Janine Akers, founder and CEO of DataFile Technologies, it is “finding enough variety to appeal to different preferences for learning style while still ensuring that the company needs are met.”
Perhaps catering to the Modern Learner is the answer. They are the buzz words you will hear a lot in the training and development field. The modern learners are eager to learn and apply what they’ve learned. They want to align with organizations whose company cultures not only value learning, but that will provide opportunities as well. This generation of employees, while motivated to learn, is often distracted and overwhelmed with information. How can entrepreneurs and small business owners accomplish find-ing the variety of training that appeals to different preferences for learning style while meeting company needs?
Here are a few tips:
Does all of this mean that attending full-day seminars is now out of the question? Absolutely not, but it does mean business owners may need to provide variety to their employees on how the individuals choose to learn.
Providing in the classroom, live instructor-led training is the answer for some. Face to face keeps the social and human elements intact. While taking a structured class has value, it may do your bottom line better to align with a training organization that will work with you to customize a private learning session for your employees.
For example, through such a partnership you might offer a monthly Microsoft desktop training session to employees in 90-minute to 3-hour segments, over a period of six months. Because the training content is focused and more relevant, it will likely provide for a better learning experience.
Giving more control when possible to the learner, as to when and how the learning will take place, is worthwhile and makes for happier employees.
Christy Rogers is the owner and lead instructor for Training Umbrella in Overland Park, Kan.
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