By 2020, it’s been estimated that millennials will make up 50% of the workforce. As they turn into the biggest segment of the workforce, employers and recruiters must quickly learn just how much they will influence the entire workplace, particularly how their specific needs will shape how professional development is treated today.
There’s no arguing that with the diversity of the talent market available for hire, a company can only do so much to control the people joining their team. No matter how much time hiring agencies spend sifting through applicants to find diamonds in the rough, one or two diamonds aren’t enough to make the company flourish. What the company can do, however, is to provide the proper professional development training to turn all of the company’s employees as valuable as diamonds.
However, it’s worrying to realize that not all companies are making the necessary changes in their training and development fast enough. According to Deloitte’s 2019 Human Capital Trends report, 30% of participants are only expecting an incremental increase in investment for reskilling that employees need. What’s more worrisome was that 17% expect no increase at all.
Refusing to reform old practices and mindsets lead to disastrous results. One unfortunate consequence of refusing to acknowledge millennials’ expectations in the workplace and adjusting accordingly would be a huge turnover when it comes to the company’s millennial employees.
Fortunately, there are multiple ways to redesign the office workspace and the professional development inside the company to reflect what millennials value in the workplace. Here are some of them:
Incorporate technology for their training
Growing up and witnessing technology evolving at a crazy rate, millennials are comfortable with technology and how it has seeped in their day-to-day life. Technology has also vastly influenced how millennials prefer to gather information and learn nowadays. It only makes sense to use technology to improve their training and the overall employee experience.
You can use technology to improve training in a lot of ways. The internet is a vast source of materials that employees can use either to supplement their knowledge of the industry or to hone their soft skills for them to become more productive and efficient workers. Other than prescribing articles or electronic books, different kinds of visual and audio content such as Youtube videos or podcasts and audiobooks also exist making training much more consumable. This will also allow employees to learn at their own time and at their own pace.
Technology can also allow HR managers or even direct bosses to be more involved with their employees’ training. Companies can use a learning experience platform or a learning management system where they can assign, personalize, and even track training courses for their employees. That way, supervisors can easily see which training courses did the employee already go through and whether or not it has an effect on the employee’s output.
Choose dynamic L&D courses over static ones
When it comes to providing training millennials in the workplace, the more ‘traditional’ styles might no longer be enough. Millennials or Generation Y are described to be holistic learners. This means that they prefer nonlinear and non-sequential training. Likewise, they were found to prefer collaborative learning. They value interaction with co-workers and networking with other people. They also value active participation instead of simply receiving lecture-based information.
A growing trend that is the perfect response to this phenomenon is gamification. Gamification is when elements of games such as point scoring, notions of leveling up, setting up trophies, etc., are incorporated into products, services, or procedures to improve user engagement. As such, gamification is incorporated in learning platforms to increase user enjoyment and the likelihood that they’ll use it. It can also be applied to every day activities by using leaderboards for certain goals or providing incentives for every major task.
Knowing the learning styles of millennials, the company will see better results with training and development by opting for courses that are more dynamic and engaging compared to ones that rely mostly on courses or classes. Explore gamification and how it can be used to further enhance the employee training experience, whether online or in real life. Choose workshops that allow participants to work together, giving them the chance to tackle obstacles head-on as a team. If lectures can’t be avoided, choose those with a section that allows participants to create an output or work with their fellow participants to solve a problem.
Consider redesigning training to be more flexible
One of the effects of technology in the workplace is allowing communication between co-workers or bosses is no longer confined within the work hours. Taking into consideration as well how the majority of corporate work will be done over the computer, teleworking or working from home has now become a possibility. Luckily, this possibility also extends towards training.
Due to technology, training can now be redesigned to be more flexible. With supplementation from different materials online and various learning platforms, L&D is no longer confined within the four walls of a training room. This would give employees much more opportunities to learn and perhaps even show initiative and go beyond what is expected from them.
If you’re looking for help redesigning how your company conducts training to improve its effectiveness on younger professionals, SkillBean might be the right place for you!
SkillBean provides a free workplace training platform in the Philippines where companies can request a variety of training courses specific to the company’s needs.
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 creating a learning environment and personalizing training to cater to their needs.