Companies can create a successful training program in the coming years by focusing on areas like closing skills gaps, making training relevant, and assessing technology performance.

FREMONT, CA:Researchers have found that most employees prefer working remotely, at least part-time if companies allow it. To remain competitive and agile, organisations should consider this issue. Training and online learning should follow suit and be flexible. Today, employees want to do training on their terms and in digestible chunks that fit into their workflows. Therefore, training programme formats and delivery should be closely aligned with how people work. Organisations should prioritise a few training areas to maximise employee learning effectiveness and ROI.

Closing the Skills Gap

Most of the learning and development leaders opine that the skills gap is widening in their companies, and most of them are concerned that employees do not have the right skills to execute business strategies. With ongoing digital transformation, they can exacerbate the digital divide and skills gaps, and even create redundancies. Some administrative tasks can be automated effectively, so companies should consider where technology and talent can best add value.

In the coming years, organisations need to emphasise employee upskilling, reskilling, and right-skilling and expect the skills employees need to succeed in their positions. These could be common ones, including people skills or computer literacy, or industry-specific ones, such as using artificial intelligence (AI) in finance or human resources.

By assessing the business’s needs before and after training, companies can work to bridge skill gaps and create training programmes that are impactful and useful to employees and organisations alike.

Making Training More Relevant

In the coming years, employees will demand highly tailored job training that is also engaging. They can work with managers, coaches, and mentors to set training goals reflecting their roles, current skills and aptitudes, desired career paths, and so on. This helps them focus on areas they are unfamiliar with and that are necessary regularly.

Creating individualised learning paths manually in large organisations takes time and resources. Technology can help automate elements of this so companies can drive adaptive training experiences to encourage better information retention, productivity, and results that every company can get behind.

Choose Briefing

Employees need training that fits into their workflows. For online and remote workers or those who have flexible hours and multiple priorities, to-the-point training is appropriate. Companies can create snackable, centrally accessible coaching content and videos that employees can access at the moment to meet their on-the-job needs.

Since remote and hybrid work will be around for a longer period, online training is the way for companies to keep their employees speeding up and skilling up. By focusing on areas like closing skills gaps, making training relevant, and assessing technology performance, organisations can develop a more successful training programme in the coming years.