Life is a collection of different experiences and experiences serve as a basis for reflection. From reflections we develop ideas about the environment.
Many corporate training sessions are often seen as a monotonous and boring experience by participants, who focus on set tasks and a knowledge transfer from the subject matter expert.
The millennials and future workforce generation are looking for a comprehensive learning experience that will provide the easiest way to develop their skills.
This experience solidifies knowledge, provides relevance, provokes emotions, and produces insights.
The Corporate Learning Factbook 2020 by Bersin found that companies that invest in experience learning programs see a 37% increase in productivity and a 34% increase in employee engagement.
But designing a great experience that engages and motivates the learners is not an easy task.
Designing a Great Experience on Corporate Trainings
Here are some tips to help you create a memorable and effective corporate training experience.
Know Your Audience
Get a clear picture of what the learners already know, their areas of expertise, and their existing skill level.
Don’t make any assumptions! Also, get as much information about the final team or project that they will be involved in, once they end the training program.
Interactive Learning Methods
There are many ways to approach interactive learning strategies into your training programs.
Enhanced lecture, flipped classroom, peer instruction and team-based learning are just a few methods used for interactive learning.
One big benefit of all types of interactive learning is the positive effect on student engagement.
In fact, one study showed that 87 percent of students found class more engaging with the addition of interactive learning methods.
Real-life labs will help workers to understand how the skills they are learning can be applied in their daily work, once the training ends.
It is highly recommended to use a business case related to the company’s products or services.
Stress the team by providing context, tasks, issues, and delivery dates, under a controlled environment.
Sometimes soft skills are overlooked in the workplace because they’re not as tangible as ‘hard skills’ like programming, data analytics, or advanced Excel skills for example.
But nowadays developing soft skill training for employees is just as important as technical skills and this becomes critical when employees work from home.
Stanford Research Institute International determined that 75% of the long-term success in a given job role is based on a mastery of soft skills, and only 25% of that job success comes from technical skills.
What soft skills should you concentrate on with your corporate training?
LinkedIn recently published a list of the most in-demand soft skills, and leadership, communication, collaboration, and time management came out as the ones employers were actively seeking.
Follow-Up and evaluation
Training is all about improving individual and team performances and in turn influencing the overall performance of your company.
It is important to evaluate the effectiveness of the training and ensure that the original learning goals were achieved.
Measuring training effectiveness can be conducted through 1:1 discussions, surveys, quizzes, assessments, and examinations before training commences, during the training, and at the end.
It’s essential to decide how you will measure and assess the data you collect.
In conclusion, designing a great experience on corporate training requires a thoughtful approach that is tailored to the specific needs of the participants and the company.
By following the tips outlined above, you can create a memorable and effective training experience that engages and motivates your learners.
Always keep in mind that the most relevant goal is to empower participants to apply their new skills and knowledge to their future daily work at the company.
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