Earlier last year, LinkedIn Learning published the Workplace Learning Report 500+ learning executives were surveyed to better understand the state of L&D.
78% said the most commonly used method for training is still the traditional in-person, classroom model – even though 52% of employees prefer to be able to access learning they need whenever they need it.
Coordinating face-to-face training is hard when you are working company-wide and across physical locations:
Booking meeting rooms, equipment and catering
Coordinating attendees and last-minute no-shows.
This resource-heavy approach to workplace learning requires justification.
Employees attend pre-scheduled training, but not at the point of need – they are expected to learn from ppt slides and handouts. Face-to-face can have benefits in the right scenario L&D teams shouldn’t default to this approach over other options such as virtual classrooms.
ZEQR confirms 90% of students think online learning is the same or better than the traditional classroom experience – prior to entering the working world.
67% of people now use mobile devices to access learning, and 87% of millennials say their smartphone never leaves their side. They utilise their devices and learn at that point in time – remembering such information because it is a short, sharp burst of knowledge to retain. The digital shift that has taken place – and that millennials (those entering the workplace) have been born into – means that ‘face-to-face-training-only’ is a thing of the past.
Our five takeaways:
Your business is at risk if this consumer approach to life isn’t reflected within the workplace and your employees will find an employer that can provide it.
As consumers we are fully absorbed by the digital shift that has taken place and yet some organisations lack the understanding that such a shift has created a behavioural change.
As consumers we lead the retail market and as employees we self-direct our learning.
A day’s training when we don’t need it isn’t going to drive positivity, whereas an online half-hour training session accessible via a mobile, at the point of need, is going to inspire, fulfil and motivate.
There is real need for all organisations to transform their training now to ensure staff develop in line with their expectations.