Driving Employee Engagement through Personalized Learning

 Why is it that most employee engagement programs don’t show results?

“Actively disengaged employees” is becoming an all too common term in the workforce, and companies are looking to re-strategize and re-define their learning and career development programs. Instead of gathering all employees for a lengthy presentation on what they need to learn, corporate learning and development leaders are transitioning to personalized learning, giving their employees the freedom to learn interactively and at their own pace.

Here are 3 ways you can leverage personalized learning to drive employee engagement, and in turn, results:

  • Make it Mobile

Although having access to your mobile device can be distracting at work, it is more common now for people to integrate their device into their work for tasks such as sending emails and managing their calendars. By making your company’s learning material mobile-friendly, employees can easily access materials and can complete the necessary training on their own time. Further, companies also have the possibility to create a learning app, where employees can find all training modules or even schedule one-on-one business meetings with their senior executives to learn how to advance their careers – all in one place.

  • Your Move – Game-based Learning Activities

What better way to engage your employees than with some games? As your employees are working all day to meet deadlines, the last thing they want to do is read a longwinded training manual (which they will probably end up skimming) or sit through a meeting (where they probably won’t be focused). To ensure your team completes training, more Corporate Learning & Development Executives are turning to interactive games. When people play games they are more likely to retain steps and tasks they had to complete to win the game. Further, a game is a safe place to fail at a task and learn from the mistakes to do the work correctly in real life. Finally, to add an extra layer of engagement, companies can add some friendly competition to the training such as offering incentives and prizes for completion training.

  • Video Killed the Radio Star

Where do you look if you want to learn how to do something? For many people, a quick search on Google will provide them with millions of results on how to resolve their problem, and often the answer can easily be found in video form on YouTube. The benefit of video training for business is twofold. First, videos keep people engaged and your employees are more likely to watch a training video in full or in parts versus trying to retain everything from a presentation they are forced to sit in. Secondly, videos are cost-effective and time-efficient. To create a simple video does not cost much and it is free to upload on YouTube. Plus, sending a video link to your employees eliminates the need to use up company time for a meeting that could be put to better use.

This year, the International Performance Management Institute is hosting the Corporate Learning & Development Institute September 18th – 20th at the Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner, VA. Here, you can join forces with the brightest and most inspirational Chief Learning Officers from America’s leading organizations including Hilton Worldwide, Facebook, Citizens Bank, The Wendy’s Company, Ralph Lauren Corporation, and Fidelity Investments. This 2 ½ day conference is designed to foster innovative dialogue among executives ready to implement change. Through intimate business meetings, innovative roundtable discussions and insightful speaker sessions, you will return to your organization ready to successfully transform your organization with top learning and development initiatives. Secure your spot today.