Learning and development are extremely important for any organization that wants to invest in its people and ensure they keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date.
While training staff is a great opportunity for employees to expand their knowledge base and skills many organizations find that delivering development opportunities can be costly and can cause employees to miss work time as they travel away from work to attend training courses.
Not only that, but many studies have found that people have different learning styles and preferences and sitting in a room while someone lectures at the front isn’t for everyone. Sending your staff to be trained in this way might not give you any bang for your buck if they find it hard to retain the information.
It’s worth thinking outside the box and looking at alternatives to delivering employee education outside of sending your staff to an external organization to attend training sessions.
Here are some innovating workplace education solutions to consider:
1. On-site classes
Instead of sending your people to an external agency to receive training, you can run classes internally on-site in your own organization. This obviously only works if you have a room that is big enough to run training in. You may hire an outside trainer, or have the training run by a subject-matter expert from within your own company.
Introducing and encouraging mentorship arrangements within your company is a great way for junior to mid-level employees to learn from the most skilled, experienced senior employees in the organization.
Mentoring is an extremely powerful way of receiving training in the workplace that can boost experience, wisdom and skills.
One of the most popular ways of learning these days is electronic, or e-learning. This method offers both convenience and flexibility, enabling your employees to complete their learning at their own pace without the need to physically attend a training session at a set time.
These courses are usually interactive with video presentations. They may also include assignments and quizzes.
4. Start a workplace book club
A workplace book club functions similarly to a social book club where a group of people all read the same book and then meet to discuss it.
For a workplace book club, choose something that is related to your work and set assigned chapters each week, then have the employees come together to discuss what they learned from that chapter and how it relates to your organization.
5. Use DeskAlerts
DeskAlerts is a internal communications powerhouse with many different uses, and one of them is its ability to help deliver employee education programs straight to employees’ desktops.
You can use it to send educational messages in the form of a pop-up notification that appears on employees’ screens. Entire education campaigns can also be delivered this way as it also supports HTML and video content.
And to determine how well your staff retain the knowledge you have given them, you can utilize the questionnaire function built in to DeskAlerts to quiz them on the topic.