Staff training trends that have been going on in 2016

We all have heard about training and retraining within companies. This part of the job that usually happens in the first 3 months of the job and that sometimes is useless and worthless. Well, according to Jason Hanold training is not useless at all. In fact, a big mistake in companies is that they do not pay enough attention to the training and retraining of new and old staff. Companies that do dedicate efforts and budget to this dynamic see their profits grow in an exponential way.

We have seen many things happening in 2016 that have to do with human resource issues and corporate hiring. Many companies are switching to teleworking while others are just not paying those amazing salaries that used to be the norm back in the day. Other companies have been innovating in their work spaces and the perks they give to their employees. In summary, training and staff education have become very important lately and it can be seen in the many different approaches to employee development that companies use to train their staff.

Let’s take a look at some trends that have been the norm in 2016 and may be the next big thing in 2017 for training and staff development.

  1. Fast track learning: also called Bite-sized learning. Today´s fast and rapid world calls for fast and pragmatic solutions. Training and learning modules need to adapt to suit the fast-paced world we now live in. they also need to be available almost anywhere, at home or in the mobile phone. It is important to understand that training does not work like one size fits all clothing. People learn and acquire information in very different ways. The trend for this year has been that flexible approaches to corporate training are the ones with better success rates because they can adapt to the needs of every individual within the company. They can adapt the speed at which topics are presented to conform to the learner’s needs, make use of more or less repetition to reinforce learning, and bring back content that learners show weakness in. all this gives the learner the possibility to pace him or herself and to receive information in a more effective way .

  2. Mobile training: also called M-learning, or Mobile Learning. This goes hand by hand with the bite size learning because it gives the possibility to reach all the employees on their mobile devices. As more jobs move away from the traditional office-based ‘nine-to-five,’ mobile learning, or ’m-learning’ is getting ever more popular. Of course, everything is mobile and almost every product or service has a mobile component. So why should training and staff development be any different?  With people working flexible hours across a number of locations, working from home or spending a lot of time on the move, the availability of learning programmes on mobile devices means they can do their training at a time and place that suits them. This trend has been growing as mobile technology becomes part of our lives. Jobs and employees are now using this mobile technology to include their responsibilities in their lives and to take their work to more comfortable places. L&D departments can implement campaigns across geographical locations and reach all their personnel in real time.

  3. Gamification:  Gaming is a huge industry right now and is earing millions and millions of dollars in simple not so mentally challenging games. Take for example Pokémon Go, a game that leads people to unknown locations to find a virtual character. Indeed gaming is now part of our lives. Games have been a traditional strategy when it comes to teaching and the best training courses are the ones that are dynamic and include games in their curriculum. What games bring to the table is a more gamified user experience that becomes entertaining and educative at the same time. Games engage people and the trend this year has been to try to achieve the same level of engagement gaming providers enjoy with their audience. This approach, known as ‘gamification’, makes use of tools and techniques rooted in an understanding of human behaviour, motivation and engagement so they can be applied to the corporate training world within the company´s classrooms in order to make training more fun and effective and make it a productive part of the working life and not only a step that has to be taken in order to start working in a company.
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These trends will surely survive in 2017 and will become more important as years go by. Of course, there are other topics that also need to be addressed in order to have the best training course in the corporate world and make the company the most profitable and efficient the market.

Take a look at this article to find out more about training and development.