As summer transitions to fall, we’re reminded of back-to-school, classrooms, and education. In the business landscape, development is a lifelong endeavor, and upskilling can mean the difference between staying competitive and being left behind. Organizations must invest in learning and development solutions that cater to their employees’ diverse needs to boost engagement, increase productivity, and drive business results.
What Do Employees Want?
32% of employees want training that is more relevant to their actual jobs.
32% of employees want to be sure what they are learning is current.
32% of employees want training to have a social element.
31% of employees want more control over their training programs.
What Are My Options?
Learning Management Systems (LMS)
Learning Management Systems, online platforms that offer centralized locations for training and L&D activities, allow employees to learn at their own pace, track their progress, and attain certifications. From video lectures to quizzes, an LMS is a simple way to cater to various learning styles.
Virtual Learning Sessions
With remote work becoming more prevalent, virtual learning sessions have gained traction as an alternative to traditional face-to-face learning models. Live, instructor-led sessions mimic a classroom setting and allow real-time interaction between the trainer and learners from anywhere.
Customized Learning Programs
A one-size-fits-all approach to learning is rarely effective. Employees have unique skills, interests, and goals, and customized learning programs allow organizations to tailor their development programs to specific employee needs.
Microlearning is excellent for employees who have busy schedules or are often on the go. Ranging from a few seconds to a few minutes, these short learning modules teach specific skills or concepts and may contain videos, slideshows, quizzes, and more.
Gamified Learning Experiences
Gamification is effective at engaging employees in learning and development through rewards. Adding elements like points and badges increases participation by making learning more fun.
Social Learning Platforms
Social learning platforms host blogs, wikis, tutorial videos, and more, allowing employees to learn in an informal, communal setting. Due to the collaborative nature of social learning, employees can share knowledge, discuss ideas, and learn from one another.
The back-to-school spirit isn’t just for students! Not sure which options would work best for your organization? Contact a PuzzleHR representative today for more information about our Learning and Development solutions!
Disability Pride Month is not only about reflection; it’s also about action. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers are responsible for ensuring that individuals with disabilities are treated fairly and given equal opportunities. Employers with 15 or more employees are prohibited from discriminating against people with disabilities. This responsibility ensures that disabled employees are not subjected to harassment due to their disability and prohibits retaliation against an individual for asserting their rights under the ADA.
How can employers ensure their employees are all supported?
Embed Accessibility in Recruitment: Make sure your recruitment process is accessible to all potential employees. Ensuring accessibility can include providing job postings in various formats, offering accommodations for interviews, and ensuring your company website is accessible.
Modify Working Arrangements: Flexible work schedules, remote work options, and modified duties can greatly assist employees with disabilities. It’s essential to converse with the individual to understand their specific needs.
Promote Inclusion in Team-Building Activities: Include disabled employees in team-building exercises and social events. Ensure these activities are accessible and inclusive to everyone.
Provide Necessary Tools and Equipment: Simple tools such as a braille keyboard or software that reads text aloud can make a huge difference. Providing the necessary equipment for disabled employees to perform their job effectively is not only a legal requirement but also boosts morale, engagement, and productivity.