Based off of the article: 10 Tips for Corporate Learning
Zealic's Cliff Notes
"When great content is mixed with great technology, learning can reach and meet every employee where they are."
The challenge for HR departments and learning professionals is to create content that is engaging, quality and easily retainable for their employees. In order to do so, the following elements need to be considered.
Examine the current make-up of the workforce:
Traditionalists (Silent Generation) - 1928-1945
Baby Boomers - 1946-1964
Generation X (Gen X) - 1965-1980
Generation Y (Millennials) - 1981-1996
Generation Z (iGen) - 1997-TBD
Source: Pew Research
Regardless of the age differences between employees, everyone wants to grow and develop which is why it's important to pursue the correct learning strategy in order to touch as many generations as possible.
There are two categories that companies will most likely fall into with their learning approaches - unified learning and tailored learning.
This approach focuses on creating training content that aims to touch everyone regardless of their age or learning preferences.
This approach focuses on creating training content that is targeted towards specific age groups and learning styles.
"According to The Training Associates, Boomers prefer a more formal/process approach to learning. Compare that to a Millennial who’s preference is more casual and immediate and one can see why considering the make-up of the workforce is an important step."
Insperity created a checklist for defining a companies delivery method:
Start by Identifying your immediate and long-term learning and organizational goals.
Then, establish your criteria for measuring success.
Ensure the option(s) you’re considering will work well with any existing and successful training methods you’re using.
Think about which format will be most convenient for your employees and most likely to motivate them to complete the training.
Test out your training delivery choice with a representative group of employees to be sure it meets your goals before you roll it out to all participants.