Take a look around your office. Chances are, no two of your employees are the same. From ages to educational backgrounds to personal styles, each worker is different. In fact, these individual differences are likely why you hired many of them in the first place.
These differences are expressed not just in how your staff looks, but in how they learn, retain and use information as well. The diversity of perspectives and thought processes among your employees is one of your company’s greatest resources, so why would you want a training program that fails to take advantage of that?
Personalize your training for better results
Companies tend to take a more standardized approach to employee training. With so many new hires to keep up-to-date, such a model appeals because it’s easy to share with as wide a range of people as needed. However, research shows that what’s gained in convenience is actually lost down the road in engagement, comprehension and, ultimately, results for your business.
The key to achieving the best results is efficiency – providing your employees with exactly what they need, when they need it, without bogging them down with unnecessary or unhelpful information. This is the linchpin around which personalized learning revolves, as it provides key benefits over more conventional static models
- Better results. Personalized learning gives employees the chance to spend more time on areas that they find more difficult, offering more opportunity to improve results. This pattern of continuous learning, testing and retesting encourages retrieval practice, which has been demonstrated to strengthen neural connections and lead to better learning.
- Higher engagement. Offering trainees more of a directorial role in learning lets them focus on areas that they find most interesting. Brain science research presented by Personalize Learning revealed that when employees are actively engaged, their brains actually learn better and retain more information.
- Lower cost. By focusing training efforts solely on areas that each employee needs, companies can avoid wasteful spending on broadly applicable training programs that produce comparatively fewer results. Learning that hones in on the most effective and widely used training modules means employers aren’t wasting time or money on materials that staff members don’t find valuable.
Incorporating personalized learning into your company is easier than you’d think
The best thing about personalized learning approaches is that they mirror ways we already interact with information in our daily lives. Knowledge is power, and by collecting data on specific usage patterns and habits, employers can track how employees are engaging with training material on an individual level. Our brains are unique, and they adapt even as we learn. By keeping track of each worker’s training history, assessment patterns and learning habits, companies can continue to provide digestible, bite-sized chunks of information that are specifically tailored to each individual. This is how employees will receive the best training and companies will see the best results.
Written by Carol Leaman