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5 Ways Microlearning Can Boost Employee Performance

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Do you ever feel as though your training efforts aren’t paying off? Even though your organization may be setting aside large chunks of time for workplace safety training, there’s a good chance that your employees are forgetting about 50% of what they “learned” within the first hour, and an additional 90% over the course of the next month. What impact could this lack of retention be having on your employees’ overall performance?

These days, an increasing number of organizations are turning to the use of microlearning to optimize and streamline their company training. In fact, one recent study approximates that 92% of organizations will increase their use of this innovative training style within the next year. By implementing short, bite-sized microlearning segments into your company training, you can improve overall employee performance and productivity in a number of ways.

  1. It’s Accessible on Different Devices

One of the greatest advantages of microlearning modules is their ability to be accessed across a wide range of devices. Unlike that company training binder that’s gathering dust in a corner somewhere, microlearning modules are designed with the end user in mind. This means any of your organization’s training modules can be accessed at any time and from just about anywhere—not just from work. This makes it possible for your employees to reference the information they need at the very moment they need it most, whether it be from a company computer, a personal smartphone, or another mobile device outside of the physical workplace. And when workers are able to quickly retrieve the information they need, they can avoid mistakes on-the-job while boosting their confidence and performance.

  1. It Improves Overall Engagement

When was the last time you clicked on an enticing news headline, only to find a huge block of text staring back at you? You might have skimmed the long article to get the gist of the message, but it’s unlikely that you sat down and read the entire story. This same concept applies to today’s learners; they prefer shorter and easily digestible pieces of information to large influxes. They want their information now. And because microlearning modules focus primarily on training sessions that occur in short, three-to-five-minutes bursts, this training format does a better job at holding your employees’ attention and maintaining their engagement. In fact, one study found that microlearning can yield a 50% increase in employee engagement when used in training. Just think about how that level of interest and engagement could affect your workers’ performance.

  1. It Optimizes Information Retention

It’s scary to think that with traditional training formats, your employees are only likely to remember 10% of the information presented to them a month later. This lack of retention is not only harmful to your workers’ job performance, but it wastes your organization’s time, money, and resources. When you make the switch to microlearning modules for your company training, you could improve overall retention of information by as much as 22%. That’s because microlearning content is focused on being easy to process and thus easy to remember. And when your employees are able to actually remember and put into practice what they’ve learned, they’re also better able to perform their jobs. It’s a win-win situation for everybody.

  1. It’s Inclusive of All Learning Styles

In the modern workplace, you’re tasked with the seemingly impossible challenge of catering your training to a wide variety of learning styles. This is something that simply cannot be easily done through traditional training approaches alone. With versatile and functional microlearning modules, it’s possible to cater to all learning styles and generations in the workplace because this software is designed to adjust its approach automatically based on user responses. Not to mention, microlearning content can be easily translated and updated to suit your organization’s changing needs, cultural shifts, and the like.

And considering that Millennial workers are quickly becoming a larger part of today’s workforce, the ability to easily cater to Millennial employees is more important than ever before. This is especially true when you consider the fact that up to 42% of Millennials will seek other work if they feel they aren’t learning quickly enough on-the-job. Providing workers with the resources they need to cater to their unique learning styles makes it easier for them to successfully complete their training and gain confidence, which in-turn can boost performance.

  1. It Fits Into Your Employees’ Work Days

How much time does your organization waste on ineffective training sessions each year? These ineffective training methods not only cost you and your employees time; they cost your organization valuable resources and large sums of money. Microlearning modules are designed to address this issue by being made to fit easily into your employees’ work days. Rather than setting aside hours or full days for formal training sessions, workers can easily fit individual training modules into their schedules without compromising their productivity and performance in the process. This, in turn, reduces the amount of time (and money) your organization needs to set aside to train your workers and helps organizations of all sizes to maximize their training budgets.

In fact, from a safety training standpoint, your organization could enjoy a return of anywhere from $2 to $6 for every single dollar you spend on effective training methods. That’s a substantial return on investment for a company of any size.

These are just a few of the ways in which microlearning can boost performance at your workplace. From increasing engagement and retention to being easily accessible across various learning styles and generations, microlearning lets you realize your organization’s full potential through effective training. Interested in finding out more about implementing microlearning at your organization? We’re here to help; contact our team at IMPROV® Learning to get started!