4 Painless Ways to Usher in Employee-Led Training to Your Organization

Your organization’s success is dictated by your adaptability to the shifts in the labor market as much as it is by the workplace changes they trigger.

Recent changes are ushered in by the post-1980s cohort of employees raised during and after the dotcom bubble. These people are contributing meaningful ideas that will reshape the future of the workplace.

It’s not a secret Millennials care deeply for career development opportunities. So, it’s also not surprising that some of those ideas have to do with learning and development.

The importance of employee training is the one thing that hasn’t changed. Good training fodder is just as important.

What has changed is the approach to learning. If you look at Baby Boomers, they had a more passive attitude toward learning. Inversely, Millennials and Gen Z-ers are more likely to proactively seek knowledge.

Technology has opened doors to more flexible training, and this training is meeting the existing needs of young mobile learners.

Not surprisingly, the best talent of today is reserved for agile workplaces that adapt to these changes. Let that workplace be yours.

What is Employee-Led Training and What Are the Benefits to Employers?

Employee-led training is about learner-centricity. The focus is on giving the learner more control over their self-development.

Learners can personalize their training, which increases the prospects of everyone reaching their individual training goals.

Employee-led training allows employees to take responsibility for their own professional development. They learn in their own time, at their own pace. In turn, companies are providing tools and resources.

Benefits of employee training and development have always been twofold, in that both employers and employees extract certain benefits. Yet, employee-led learning makes this even more conspicuous.

It’s a perfect marriage of developmental advantages for the worker and monetizing opportunities for the employer.

From Theory to Practice: How Do You Implement an Employee-Led Training Program?

Technological advancements in employee development paved the way for employee-led training. So, if you want to inaugurate your organization with employee-led training, you’ll have to rely on technology.

But there’s more to it.

Below are four painless ways to usher in employee-led training to your organization.

1. Base Your Employee-Led Training on Employee Feedback

Is your training falling short of your employees’ expectations? The sole way to find out is to ask, who else, but your employees.

This also applies when you want to pinpoint where the weak points of your employee training are. Or why it’s failing to deliver improved employee performance, if that’s the case.

Trying to apply employee training that doesn’t suit your team is like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.

So, if you’re making any revisions to your employee training, make sure you include your team. Otherwise, it’ll be nothing more than a face-lift. A strategy without a tangible impact.

Take the guesswork out of your employee training. Approach your team for feedback in any of the following ways:

  • Exchange ideas tête-à-tête.
  • Try the old-fashioned way and drop a submission box in your break room.
  • Rely on online employee surveys

Here are 32 free employee engagement posters to get you started.

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2. Create Conditions for Employee-Led Training: Adopt LMS and Mobile Learning

Most employers expect the work to always be up to par. They expect to have employees that deliver good results steadily.

But how can you create training with such a dramatic effect on your employee performance? Sync it with the modern lifestyle and you’ve already achieved more than you realize.

Contemporary LMS software is transforming the learning and development sector.

It has shifted on-the-job training from actual locations to an internet-based cloud.

The fact that employee training is largely moving online is unsurprising. According to the 2018 LinkedIn Learning report, online learning is the perfect match for the changing modern workplace.

Its overwhelming advantage? For starters, it gives your team greater ownership of their development. And, most importantly, it brings the content directly to the worker.

This works alongside other transformative functionalities of an LMS. And they all simplify content management. A good LMS equips you with all you need to create employee-led training:

  • Diagnostic tools such as enterprise-wide survey reports
  • A real-time online feedback system that allows your employees to vocalize their concerns
  • Employee appraisal tools that give you detailed statistics on employee feedback
  • Automated reports that allow you to pin down an individual’s development priorities

3. Foster a Corporate Culture With a Focus on Learning and Self-Improvement

A positive corporate culture is NOT about mere outward manifestations of corporate life. Sleeping stations, gyms, and team-building outings serve a purpose.

Instead, it’s about agreeing on mutual values that manifest in day-to-day operations.

Just as Justin Moore, CEO of Axcient, observed:

“This is not about fuzzy, holding hands around a campfire, kumbaya stuff. That’s not what values and culture and mission is about. This is about building an organization for success. This is about winning. This is about doing the tactical things to make sure your organization and your people are aligned around the same thing.”

You can create peerless employee training, but if you don’t nurture a learning mindset, your training won’t have the desired impact. You’ll have to face up to the fact that all the work which went into content creation was a waste of time.

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So, what you need is a clever investment in corporate culture. A culture with a distinctive focus on learning and self-improvement. Doing this will:

  • Expand the skill set of your workforce
  • Spark their creativity
  • Enable them to contribute ideas to the company’s innovation processes

A culture of learning is one that supports employees to perform continuous, self-directed learning, but this doesn’t mean we’re advocating for hands-off management. Managers are there to monitor learning and development.

Moreover, they play a decisive role in ushering in the culture of continuous learning. In leading by example, they’re setting the stage for everyone to follow suit.

4. Align Your Employee Training with Your Company Goals

Let’s face it, employee training doesn’t make sense if it doesn’t work towards meeting your company goals. Such training is ultimately futile.

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Yet, goal alignment is a daunting task for just about any manager. Such a complex operation with overarching consequences calls for your best managerial self. And ultimately, it decides whether your employee training increases the ROI or not.

Successful or failing goal alignment will also determine the success of your L&D program.

Below is a step-by-step outline of what goal alignment should look like. The following elements are the backbone of any company-wide goal alignment:

  • Know your strategic objectives back-to-front
  • Communicate company goals to the rest of the team on an ongoing basis
  • Get management behind the goals
  • Empower your team to meet their goals by giving them proper guidance and resources

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Galvanize Your Team Into Action: Start With Employee-Led Training Today

Put your employees in the center of your training and you’ll maximize the benefits you get from it. It’s also a surefire way to future-proof your business.

You devise your training so it’s geared towards your employees’ training needs. You spearhead it towards clear individual and common goals.

What you get is high-performance individuals making contributions to a thriving business.

One thing’s for sure: Offering up-to-date, in-demand employee training will keep your organization attractive to top talent.

Speaking of farsighted strategizing, World Manager is the brains behind an LMS that enables companies to offer effective training in a downright simple way.

Our advanced platform offers an abundance of training tools, all of which enable you to integrate state-of-the-art employee-led training into your organization.

Learn more about World Manager today. Find out why some of the biggest global brands rely on us for their employee training needs.

Disclaimer: This information is meant to provide general guidelines and should be used as a reference. It may not take into account all relevant local, state or federal laws and is not a legal document. Neither the author nor World Manager will assume any legal liability that may arise from the use of this information.

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