Free HR Webinar on Employee Retention
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Ascentis recently hosted a free HR webinar titled Employee Retention for the Long Term – Training for the Marathon. This free HR webinar recording is approved for 1.0 free SHRM credit and 1.0 free HRCI credit and available to watch here. One of our expert speakers from this webinar–Ruth Bayliss from Mercer People Pro–presented on this topic and wrote the below reflection on microlearning.
MicroLearning for Employee Retention
by Ruth Baylis
In a recent free HR webinar, Employee Retention for the Long Term – Training for the Marathon I discuss employee retention and the importance of education. Training and development, talent development, whatever you call it – it’s finally back on the radar. One of the unfortunate casualties of the past 10 years, or so, has been a focus on a robust training/development program within many corporations. In order to save dollars both small and large organizations have significantly trimmed their training budgets. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you have an endless budget, or that you have the resources to design and present full training programs. What this most likely means is that you have the ability to bring back some of your facilitated programs but need to find ways of supplementing the traditional methods – in order to be cost effective, but also appeal to a wide variety of learners.
One new and “hot” idea in the field is a part of E-learning called ‘mlearning’. What the heck is that you ask…well, basically ‘mlearning’ is micro-learning. The theory behind micro-learning is that you have a very specific idea/competency/message that can be expressed in about 30-60 seconds. The information is very specific, usually needed in the moment, available when needed and specific to the needs of the person accessing the information. There are case studies that show quick and specific pieces of information, available when needed, result in a better understanding and “stickiness” of the information.
This doesn’t mean that you need to throw out all of your facilitated programs. What you should do is think about the percentage of information absorbed in a facilitated program (about 20%) and also the relevance to the actual work people on the team are doing…point in time. Using micro-learning is a great tool to use when you need more defined information to disseminate. Additionally, if you enable the information to be mobile your team can review the information at a time that works for them, on a device that they are already used to getting information from on a regular basis. You won’t need to book a room, book a presenter, send an invite, buy coffee…all you need to do is communicate the need for someone to view the training and allow them to schedule into their calendar.
‘Mlearning’ is something interesting to consider as a way to enhance your offering and training effectiveness. It’s a way to provide just-in-time learning at the right time for the right people.
Our free HR webinar titled Employee Retention for the Long Term – Training for the Marathon discusses the differences between millennials and other generations, as well as ways to keep them interested at work.
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