Yesterday’s training methods may not be as effective with today’s workforce. This is a good thing—we’re always developing new ways to help our clients engage employees, improve performance, and perfect their training strategies. Since modernization is essential to a successful training strategy, shouldn’t the text in the materials get with the program as well?
Talent Company shares three phrases you need to remove from your training materials. Your goal is to create a training course that your employees will find captivating and relatable. If you say one the following phrases, you’re immediately dating yourself and the program.
1. “Read the training manual.” As Talent Company states, it’s time to think beyond the book. This isn’t because your team shouldn’t read the manual; rather, the learning experience should be collaborative. Independently reading the handbook is fine when you need a solution to an issue, but training should be interactive. Sticking exclusively to the manual also ignores soft skills, which are becoming more important in today’s workforce. By encouraging a an interactive experience, you’re able to provide a holistic approach to learning. If you insist upon active and engaged training, you’ll get better results.
2. “No need for LinkedIn.” Social media has changed the way we communicate, hire, and view others as a whole. This is particularly the case for LinkedIn, a networking and business social media platform that is constantly growing. Use LinkedIn as a tool. You can leverage the love of social media as part of your elearning. For example, employees will be eager to post certifications for their new skills on their LinkedIn profiles.
3. “Degree required.” Of course, no one is saying that you wasted your time securing your MBA. However, instead of focusing on the education your employees have already received, you should focus on building skills for their futures. Your company should strive to foster a culture that encourages a lifelong learning and self-improvement.
All three of the above phrases reflect an antiquated and inefficient HR strategy. Going forward, consider adjusting your approach to a innovative and tech-savvy plan.
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