Great job! You have recognized the importance of ongoing training for your employees and are ready to take the steps necessary to improve your employee training. Companies that are not training their employees on an ongoing basis are sitting still. You, however, are ready to grow.
Employee training is so important because it explicitly informs your employees what you need from them, and shows them what they bring to the table. The problem, however, is the outcome doesn’t alway offer a return on the investment of time and resources you have dedicated to training. You need to revamp your training, and revitalize your employees.
Scenario-based learning is a learning strategy that makes learning relevant and engaging, and an overall better investment in your employees. Here are three ways to improve your employee training with scenario-based learning.
1. Start by asking your employees
The best source of information about organizational performance and needs are your current employees. They know a lot about what’s going on and what, if anything, should be changed. They’ll appreciate your interest and provide valuable feedback about what could be better or eliminated.
Studies have shown that what most employees want from their training is clear instruction, relevance to workflow, and a gradual increase in skills. Scenario-based training is simply training which puts your employees in everyday scenarios in order to practice their skills.
In fact, 74% of surveyed employees feel they aren’t reaching full potential at work due to lack of development opportunities. Another 76% of employees say that a company would be more appealing if it offered additional skills training to its staff. Your company is always seeking to grow, and so are your employees. By offering ongoing, scenario-based learning, your employees can satisfy their appetite for learning and be ready for anything that comes their way in the workplace.
2. Make learning more flexible and accessible
Employees are busier than ever. Making time for training is difficult when they’re balancing so many demands for their time and attention.
Fortunately, scenario-based learning platforms provide a viable and easy-to-use option. And e-learning offers employees the convenience of being able to train at the time that works best for them.
Scenario-based learning is also more inclusive for employees. Each of your employees has a different learning style and pace. With e-learning, your employees can pace themselves as needed, allowing learners to truly absorb and synthesize information.
3. Monitor and adjust
Don’t leave your employees without feedback while they work their way through the training. That’s like tuning up an orchestra after the performance. And don’t wait until it’s over to find out what your employees think of their training, either.
Millennial workers want feedback to be fast, continuous and frictionless — and to flow in both directions. For older generations of employees, feedback is loaded with the connotation of confrontation. They want to know how they’re doing, and they want to share their opinions, but they need you to give them a way to do it without overwhelming or fear.
One of the best ways to improve the feedback experience in a multigenerational organization is to give and collect feedback all the time, but in smaller amounts and through less formal interactions. Instead of treating feedback like an event that has to be scheduled, treat it as a process that’s always ongoing.
Scenario-based learning allows your employees a safe space to make mistakes, and allows you to monitor progress. In doing so, you can see how your employees are doing on a new skill or content knowledge before they need to do so in the workplace.
Providing ongoing training for your employees creates opportunities for both of you. As you do so, make sure that you are getting a return on your investment in training. By providing scenario-based training, you allow your employees to have more autonomy in their learning, practice important skills, and give and receive feedback on a regular basis.
Contact us today to see how we can help revitalize your training with scenario-based learning.