83% of global Internet users consider access to the Internet a basic human right. With access to practically everything at the tip of our fingers, the Internet makes us more self-efficient yet, highly dependent. The Internet effects how we consume information as well as how we learn. The workplace has to adjust to this new age of learners. Google, Inc. is one company who has already embedded training tactics that already align with how employees consume data, regularly. Through the incorporation of video learning, team trainings, and interactive on-line resources – Google stands at the forefront of conducting employee trainings that work!
Below, I have included tips and suggestions that can make trainings for employees more fun for them and more beneficial for you!
- Teamwork and Collaboration Is Preferred
The digital age has made people more accustomed to digesting various resources and perspectives. It’s rare that in consuming information or data, people explore one source and end their search there. The Internet has allowed people to grow up in a world where collaboration is encouraged. People are used to the thoughts and opinions of others. Teamwork is no longer a burden, but a preference!
Tip: Incorporate employee trainings with group dynamics in mind. Allow employees to work together and bounce ideas off of one another.
- Virtual Interaction Is A Necessity
Recent generations are spoiled with the ability to interact face-to-face with people thousands of miles away through video conferencing. People value face-to-face communication that removes barriers and makes the experience more personal. Not only has the Internet allowed us to directly connect with one another, but it has also allowed us to connect with virtual stimulations.
Tip: Give employees hands-on practice through the creation of virtual job stimulations. Also increase video conferencing, as a means to have meetings and collaborative events.
- Teaching Versus Learning
According to a study done on workplace knowledge shows that self-directed learning and social skill sharing is the leading role in self-development. The digital age has created an environment where individuals can access and learn information, on their own, via the Internet. This has made self-learning natural for recent generations.
Tip: Facilitate more and teach less. People learn best by trial and error. Allow them to do this and then teach them what’s right. Recall the virtual stimulation I suggested in tactic #2 – practice makes perfect and more importantly, the best experience.