Corporate training is an essential part of the growth plan for each business. Whether you intend to expand globally or on the internal market, you need well-prepared personnel at every level. E-learning has proved to be one of the most successful forms of corporate training. It offers various methods that are quite flexible and adaptable and are better suited for adult learning.
One key factor is to professionally translate and localize your e-learning to get the best results. When you need to train people coming from different cultures and working at different locations, it is important to present them with content that is relevant to their needs.
There are various approaches to corporate training with gamification being one of the most preferred in recent years. In 2019, it will continue playing an important role in providing skills and competencies to employees from various levels in an organization.
Along with the trendy approaches to e-learning, companies will need to pay attention to the important skills and types of knowledge that need to be adopted by their employees in order to guarantee internal and external growth. Here are some of the most important factors to focus on this year.
Skills for a better professional infrastructure
The corporate training programs should focus on specific employee skills, and cover topics that are essential for the overall company infrastructure. Five must-have areas to ensure a good professional environment and security at work include:
- Soft skills
Research from LinkedIn identified the 10 most sought-after soft skills required by employers. Communication, organization and teamwork rounded out the top-3, and it’s evident that the importance of these skills continues to grow in the corporate world. Hence, training courses focused on these areas would be quite useful for both employees and their managers.
- Leadership and management skills
It is crucial for a company to provide opportunities for growth within the organization if it wants to retain its most successful employees. Training focused on leadership and management skills, will help employees acquire a set of skills and competences necessary for their advancement. Such type of training will lead to higher motivation and retention levels.
- Customer and client communication skills
While communication with clients is critical skill for the sales department, it is also necessary for the other employees within the company. Understanding client needs will help marketing representatives, for example, launch a better campaign that can strike an accord in the target audience and bring corporate success. Communication between employees, piers, management and partners is also essential, and is worth investing in separate training dedicated to it.
- Knowledge of safety and emergency procedures
Knowledge of basic internal procedures in an event of an emergency can actually save lives. It is important to train all of your employees on safety and emergency procedures and make sure that leadership knows their rules in case of such events.
- Knowledge of cybersecurity protocols
Data breaches can result due to employee negligence or simple lack of knowledge. It is necessary to train all of your employees on basic cybersecurity procedures and provide updates on a regular basis. The simple knowledge of how to set up a strong password or avoid phishing mails can be of paramount importance for the company and its customers’ data protection.
Best methods of corporate training in 2019
There are certain types of corporate training that have already been well established in the business culture and will continue being present in 2019 as well such as gamification and microlearning. Some of the newer tendencies include improvised instruction and online mentorship programs that aim to facilitate the onboarding of new employees.
We can summarize that there will be five methods of corporate training that will be mostly used in 2019 and beyond.
This is one of the methods that have proved to be a great success among adult learners and is also quite suitable for a corporate setting. It promotes initiative and enhances retention. The type of training that involves badges and rewards can motivate learners to continue with the program and participate more actively. In addition, it allows a safe environment to err and learn from mistakes, and it is suitable for training at all levels – from onboarding to management tiers.
Microlearning continues to be one of the preferred methods for corporate training because of the convenience it offers. Content is broken in smaller chunks and the actual module is only a few minutes long, meaning that the employee can learn while on the go. The format of this training is suitable both for new employees who need to take a lot of new information on and for busy CEOs who can upgrade their knowledge in-between meetings.
- Improvised instruction
Improvised instruction is one of the new trends to be established in 2019. It is true that corporate training requires extensive planning but improvisation can also be taken on board. Improvised courses can be compiled from already existing materials on a given topic at the very moment there is a need for such a training. They can be used to teach soft skills or as refreshment or update course on given topics.
- Individualized and adaptive training
The focus of training has shift from content to the learner in the past years. In 2019 learning modules will be even more customized and adaptive to the knowledge and needs of learners. The delivery of the content will be based on artificial intelligence that can alter the training provided depending on the individual competences and needs of the employee. Employees will also be given more choices how to approach their learning so that it is efficient and brings in tangible results.
- Online mentorship
Many people enter the labor market directly out of college and have no working experience at all. Quite often, new employees have the technical skills and knowledge needed for the job but do not know how to apply them in practice. Hence, online mentors from within the company or external experts can help them channel their knowledge in the right direction and adapt to the corporate reality much faster.
Implementing these trends into your corporate training will lead to positive results both for the overall company atmosphere and professional infrastructure and on individual level for each member of your team. Informed and appreciated employees deliver faster and higher results and are the engine for business growth.