Seven learning trends to boost your 2019 employee training

Another year, done and dusted. Phew! As the festive period gathers momentum, everyone in the office has one eye on the holidays, except, perhaps, the top executives and human resources. For them, the end of the year is the time to review employee performance and plan for a bigger and better 2019. After all, it’s no secret your employees are your biggest asset. Investing in their development can only ever boost your business. Regardless of how well your 2018 panned out, there’s always room for improvement in the corporate world. So, how can you prepare your team for a prosperous new year? By ramping up your training with 2019’s hottest learning trends! We’ve even upgraded our system to give you an improved user experience.

There’s no denying. In a high-tech world that’s changing every second, it’s crucial to keep your training methods ahead of the curve. Nowadays, most people source their information online, making the most of present-day technology. Incorporating technology and personalised training in your skills development is the way to go to grow employee skills and engagement. Luckily, with OnRamp’s online training platform, developing your team is a piece of (Christmas) cake. Use our favourite learning trends below to set your 2019 training up for success.

Ramp up skills development with these 2019 learning trends:

Align your goals

At the start of each year, you have a plan for your business – your goals and growth. The same should apply to your employee training. Proper planning and commitment to staff development are necessary if you want your team and company to grow. For your team to reach its full potential, management and HR need to work together to develop an effective strategy. Not planning would be a waste of resources and opportunity. By coming together, leaders can define the practices most beneficial to the organisation’s performance. This learning trend is the first step to creating the foundation of your company’s learning culture. We’ve made it easier for you to plan your training with the introduction of templates. Simply add your content to an existing outline and send. Couldn’t be easier! And, for those who like to start from scratch, you can still build your own.

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Plan for the future

If you want your company to flourish, you need to cultivate the talent within your ranks. It’s never too early to identify future leaders and grow their skills. Design training focused on building communication and problem-solving skills targeted for leadership candidates. It’s a cinch with our platform. After you create your training, you can assign it to specific members of your team. By implementing this type of training from the moment new employees arrive, you’ll be building forward-thinking teams capable of tackling challenges head-on. Not only that, we’ve added the extra convenience of Policy Documents. These help you roll out and track your compliance training, making sure everyone knows their responsibilities from the start. As learning trends go, this one is crucial to maintaining a healthy business.

Emphasise communication

A well-rounded team is not only tech-savvy, but they also have a good repertoire of soft skills. Increasingly, the generation entering today’s workforce comes armed with technological knowledge, but lacking the level of soft skills seen in previous generations. You can boost your business in 2019 by developing your team’s social skills. It’s a valuable investment, promoting collaboration and negotiation. Not to mention, soft skill training also helps encourage employee retention and company culture. There’s a great new feature on our system to help your team communicate – Memos. Whether it’s a quick note, question or handy nugget of information, anyone using your platform can send a memo out to other users. So straightforward and effective.

Increase gamification

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Did you read the heading and picture training in the form of a video game? You wouldn’t be the first. But no, gamification does not mean you have to turn your compliance into something resembling Minecraft. It’s the term for a progressive reward system, like that of modern video games. Gamification offers an incentive for employees to strive harder and ace their online training. With OnRamp’s online tests, a reward system is easy to put in place. When a member of your team passes the test after a training manual, they get awarded a digital certificate. Even better, this happens immediately – no waiting around to get certified.

Attract new talent

Have you’ve ever asked yourself how to make your company more attractive to new talent? The answer is training. Skills development is often a deciding factor when employees are determining whether to stay or jump ship. Individuals hold personal and professional growth to high regard across all industries. If you haven’t already done so, 2019 is the year to include training as part of your benefits package. It’s easily managed with OnRamp’s online platform. You can create, send and track all your staff training all in one place. Simple!

Focus on the learner

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One of the biggest learning trends to get behind is engagement. Specific training directed towards the individuals in your team has more impact than broad-based content. You want your content to hone in on the work environment and practices. There’s no point sending the accounting team training created for the IT department. Content should also be diverse, incorporating various multi-media to maximise engagement. Videos, pictures, audio clips – make it interesting. We even give you the option to customise your platform, further enhancing user experience and involvement. Now, you can include a welcome video on your homepage, as well as a message at the bottom of the page. Welcoming, motivational, instructive – make it your own with that personal touch.

Digital delivery is king

Be pro-active and flexible with your training. Finding time to fit skills development into the workday is one of the biggest challenges your team faces. But, don’t worry. There is a simple solution. Go digital. Storing and delivering your training on digital and mobile platforms makes it accessible at any time of the day. Your busy team can log in and scroll through training when it’s convenient for them – especially with OnRamp. With our platform, all your training and data sits on the cloud, making it available to your team anywhere, at any time. Convenient!

Now that you’re armed with these learning trends, you can tailor your training to make an impact. Think personal, engaging and accessible. Are you ready to make 2019 the year you boost your skills development? Get in touch to discover how OnRamp can help!