What does integrating learning in the flow of life look like?

The Deloitte 2019 Global Human Capital Trends survey states that its “top-rated trend for 2019 is the need to improve learning and development (L&D). 86% of respondents to our global survey rated this issue important or very important.”

Shift from traditional delivery to personalised learning journeys

Sounds like a simple fix, right? Give employees access to more training courses and the L&D box is ticked. Wrong! Employers need to be aware of changes in the L&D arena and the evolution of theories pertaining to learning and how it can be effectively delivered. We are witnessing a shift away from what many of us would recognise as the traditional training environment, where everyone is delivered the same course, in the same way, in a classroom environment, to a personalised learning journey.

Demands of the modern-day working environment mean that your employees can’t concentrate on acquiring new knowledge when in the back of their mind they are worried about the emails that are inevitably hitting their inbox while they are in the training session.

Josh Bersin recently said: “As you think about the “employee experience” (the new buzzword of the year), you have to think about how to stop interrupting people and think about how to make their work easier, more productive, and more meaningful.”

In his article ‘The Disruption of Digital Learning: Ten Things We Have Learned’, Bersin states that “in a given week, employees take less than 25 minutes of time to actually slow down and learn.”

So how can we deliver an enhanced learning experience to employees without disrupting their already hectic schedule?

Making learning a seamless part of a learner’s everyday life

This is where integrating learning into the flow of life comes into play. Technology is part of our lives and something in the most part we are very comfortable using. You only have to look around you in the lift to see people streaming video, scrolling social media and using their smartphones to access information. In a world where technology is so deeply embedded into our culture, and reshaping business dynamics, it makes sense to use it to deliver learning that individuals can access on demand in small doses (microlearning) as and when it suits.

Not only does this have the benefit of making personal development more achievable, but by giving employees joint ownership of their own development rather than it being driven by HR, we can look to create a culture of lifelong learning and a strong message of empowerment to employees.

Finally, there is the added benefit of this approach in its impact on your company’s future. Investing in learning will help you retain talent and make your company more attractive to potential employees who are looking to improve themselves individually as well as progress their career.

Get in touch with one of our solutions advisors to find out more about Biz Group LearningJourneysTM