To any business, human capital is its greatest asset and the biggest key to achieving company goals. When companies invest in the growth of their human capital, they see better results in terms of employee performance, employee retention, and other key performance indexes.
Employees feel more valued when they see that their company is actively investing in their personal growth. So naturally, employees would be motivated to do better at work, stay longer in their company, and help the company grow.
When an employee grows, the company grows with them.
One of the best ways to ensure employee growth is by investing in their training. Training could come in the form of developing their soft skills or developing their hard skills.
However, employee training doesn’t always yield the best results.
Despite a company’s continual investment in employee training, their employees’ learning and development needs might not be addressed in these sessions. Or, your learning and development efforts might not be working due to mismatches in mentors or failure to heed to their different learning styles.
There are a number of other employee training issues that companies should definitely watch out for, but apart from these issues, it is also important to take note of the current learning and development trends prevalent in today’s Philippine workforce.
But why is this important for companies?
If companies are able to identify the current trends in employee training and development, they’ll be able to make more informed decisions with their training investments that could yield better training results.
To help companies with this, we’ve compiled a list of the top learning trends in the Philippine workforce that they should watch out for:
Emerging Trends in Training and Development
1. Online and Mobile Learning
When employees are working an 8-hour shift on the weekdays, it can be hard to set aside time to learn about the newest practices in their field or upskill themselves–which is why having easily accessible learning is important to have.
The time spent commuting to and from work can become productive when employees have access to online learning channels and even mobile learning opportunities. They could also use these channels during their leisure time: when they’re working out, when they’re working their dog, when they’re eating dinner, etc.
These online learning channels can come in the form of online courses offered by massive open online course (MOOC) networks, watching Youtube videos, listening to podcasts, and reading online articles. Mobile learning opportunities, on the other hand, come in the form of learning apps such as Udemy and SoloLearn.
With such easy access to content, they will not only have better control over their training but also further maximize the plethora of content available worldwide–enabling them to be more globally competent.
According to a study done by Microsoft, the average attention span of people nowadays lasts for about 8 seconds, which is why a lot of the content is comparatively shorter compared to what we had before. The longer the content is, the harder it is to keep the audience’s focus, the harder it is to retain information.
When put in the L&D perspective, having long training sessions can be ineffective since it runs the risk of failure of information retention.
Microlearning can be a good way to combat this dilemma.
Microlearning is an educational strategy that offers bite-sized, small learning units with just the necessary amount of information to help learners achieve a goal.
It makes learning more concentrated since the content is shorter. Since the content is much more concentrated, information retention is also a lot easier. And of course, it allows employees to learn at their own pace.
3. Customized Training Programs
As mentioned in a previous article, customized training programs help employees understand the concepts and practices better since they are designed to not only address the employees’ training needs but also their learning styles.
It also allows companies to maximize their employees’ learning opportunities since it targets the specific skills gaps that the employee needs to bridge in order to perform their best at their current role.
Mentorship is another learning trend companies should watch out for.
According to a survey conducted by SkillBean, 78.4% of employees cite mentorship as the most effective way to learn for their professional development. Many are actively seeking it because mentorship allows for a more direct and personalized approach to employee training. Employees are able to learn from the mentor’s expertise, apply it to their work, and have the mentor give their feedback regarding their performance.
Put in the company’s perspective, mentoring can provide guidance and insight to employees so they bridge their skill gaps specific to what the company needs. The employees not only get technical and soft skills training but also cultural training for the company.
5. Peer Learning
The last emerging trend in learning and development is peer learning.
Apart from mentorship, employees are also looking for peer learning opportunities in the workplace since peer learning allows employees to acquire new knowledge from people who’re working with them.
The difference of mentorship and peer learning, however, is that in mentorship, the boss or the manager gives feedback and advice from the perspective of someone on a higher level than them and/or someone who has held their position before. In peer learning, employees get feedback and advice from their co-workers or people who are on the same level as them.
Peer learning provides much more updated information compared to mentorship and creates an environment where the employees see how their work directly affects the work of others as well.
Keeping these current trends in employee training and development can drastically improve a company’s L&D efforts. If you want to learn more about HR trends, visit our blog page.
SkillBean provides a free workplace training platform in the Philippines where companies can request a variety of skills training such as communication skills and leadership skills.
If you’re ready to better respond to your employee’s L&D needs, book a meeting with us by sending an e-mail to [email protected] and know how you can empower your workforce by personalizing learning through technology.