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New year, new skills: Methods to improve learning at your company

It'd be great if running a business was like riding a bike. You learn how to ride a bike once, and you acquire all the skills you need to know to ride a bike for the rest of your life. 

Unfortunately, running a company isn't quite like riding a bike. Learning new skills and honing old ones – or continuous learning, as it's called – is essential for a productive workforce and a competitive business. 

Amp up the education in your workplace in 2018 with the methods and strategies below:

Hold trainings and educational workshops often 

There are always things that you and your employees should be trained in, whether it's a new coding language, a new content management system or a new workflow. Holding workshops and other training events to teach these skills is far more effective than sharing how-to steps via email. Include free breakfast and coffee or free lunch at these events to make participation more enticing. 

Create a culture of learning

For continuous learning to truly flourish at your organization, you need to create a work culture that openly embraces the sharing of ideas and the development of new skills. You could incorporate learning and development into your company's mission statement or set of core values. Ensure that executive leadership, hiring managers and HR are all onboard with communicating with employees in ways that promote learning, not hinder it. 

Poll employees 

You're far more likely to have greater attendance at training events and workshops if you target these events toward subjects employees actually want to learn about. Polls and surveys can help you identify hot topics and skills that workers most want to learn about and develop. 

Use webinars for training 

To make sure your remote workforce doesn't miss out on the benefits of in-office learning events, conduct training via webinars. With their ease of incorporating multimedia materials, webinars make learning dynamic and fun. As an added bonus, they can be saved and archived in your company's learning library for future reference. 

Tweak your benefits

Demonstrate that your company truly values continuous learning by adjusting your benefits. Perhaps your company can offer to reimburse employees for tuition if they choose to go back to school, or can spend more funds to send them to industry conferences and events. You could also consider giving employees a personal day to work on their hobbies or interests. 

Continuous learning is the seed of innovation. Discovering different ways of doing things and honing new skills leads to success and productivity, and with the tips above, you can improve learning at your company. 

Engage Participants Even Online

Training sometimes needs some revamping. Nothing needs revisiting more than employee training programs, including onboarding. It’s important to keep workers interested and, frankly, awake. As an employee, there’s nothing worse than having your busy work day interrupted to sit through a boring, non-interactive training session with an instructor who clearly doesn’t want to be there.

The difficulty is that employee training and continuing education credits (CPEs) are frequently required in most industry settings. Yet, instead of requiring your workers to sit through hours of boring PowerPoint slides, why not take their learning online? Here are a couple of ways webcasting will help you engage your workers online and put the fun back in your training sessions:

Webcasts are great for big groups

Do you have to train dozens of employees each week? Are you consistently onboarding new employees or holding monthly training programs? Webcasts are perfect for big groups and for companies that must frequently train groups of workers.

training onlineInstead of worrying about reserving your conference room, working around’ employees’ schedules and having participants miss classes, why not just hold a webcast? This way, they can get engaged from the comfort of their own home. You can make them available live or on-demand, making training sessions far more flexible for your students.

They also work great for less extroverted workers as well, as they may feel more comfortable asking questions over their computer than in a large classroom full of other employees.

Webcasts allow you to add FUN, interactive elements

One of the best advantages of using webcasting for employee training sessions is that you can add interactive elements, such as polls, chats, Q&As and social collaboration tools. This way, employees can get engaged in meaningful ways that best suit their current comfort level.

These elements work best with younger generations that may have grown up with smartphones, video tools and other interactive media. Not only will they feel at home, but they will know you are going out of your way to make their training engaging, which shows that you value their time and commitment.

Find out more about webcasting and how it can provide your trainers information about CPE credits.

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