If you want to stay competitive in today’s business environment, you need to invest in ongoing training for your workers. In the past, you might have sent one or two people to attend a course where they sat in an offsite classroom.
Today, the new face of transferring knowledge to your workers looks quite different.
For one thing, your staff may not have to leave the office or factory to improve their skills. Sitting in a classroom while they listen to an instructor conduct a lecture may not necessarily be the best way for them to acquire the knowledge they need to boost their skills or stay safe on the job, either.
Consider the following three high-tech ways you can train your employees.
1. Conduct training sessions by Skype
With more and more workers employed remotely or spending time on the road, it becomes more of a challenge to get people in the same room to attend a training session. For an informal training session, set a time when you can connect with participants on Skype.
For a follow-up tool to make document storage and sharing easier, try using Dropbox. Your employees can access materials at a time that works for their schedule.
2. Online education programs offer quality and flexibility
Many colleges and universities now offer online programs along with on-campus ones. Your employees can take advantage of the flexibility offered by Internet learning to upgrade their education and gain knowledge and skills they can apply immediately on the job.
These programs have the same rigorous standards that would apply if students went to class at the bricks-and-mortar school — in many cases, taught by the same instructors. By offering financial help to finance the cost of a certificate or degree, your business will benefit from a better-trained workforce.
3. Use video games as a training tool
Video games are not just for entertainment anymore. They’ve become a useful tool for employee training purposes.
The aviation industry uses flight simulators to train pilots and flight crew members to deal with various situations, such a severe weather or systems malfunctions, in a safe environment. Video-game technology has also been used in the medical field to help surgical residents improve their hand-eye coordination and depth perception.
Imparting information to employees as part of a game is an effective way to keep them engaged and the knowledge fresh. For topics that are important but may seem a bit dry, such as safety procedures or health coverage, making it fun to learn can overcome the boredom barrier and ensure the message gets across.