In a down economy that has caused many businesses, even those thought to be stable enough, to close their doors for good, there is undoubtedly a need to change and adapt. Change is of course constant, but in the current economic climate, it has become a necessity in order to survive and stay in business. This especially applies to the way in which companies think of and carry out corporate training programs for their staff.
More often than not, employees are made to undergo training programs that are totally irrelevant to their functions, knowledge base and existing skills. This in the end, wastes your corporate training efforts, not to mention your precious resources which would’ve been invested in more profitable ventures.
All this brings to light the importance of paying attention to new and cost-effective solutions for corporate training. While the old ways have certainly worked before, it may be beneficial to look at trends to ride the waves of change. Coping with new technologies for example, presents cost-effective measures all the time for just about anything and training is no exception.
Here are some notable trends in corporate training that may point you to the right direction.
1. Technologies are affecting the way people learn
More and more companies are investing in corporate training methods that are continual and done in periodic phases stretched out in a monthly period. The advent of new technologies has made it easier for information to be disseminated in increments. By doing so, it keeps employees interested and actually allows them to learn, thereby putting your money to good use.
Online training courses in particular, have taken center stage due to their convenience. But even online courses are changing and are geared towards making training more interesting.
2. Quality, not quantity
There’s little doubt that the current economy is forcing businesses to cut back in order to stay competitive. Training providers have responded by providing corporate training solutions that zero in on specific areas of learning, instead of focusing on the entire process. A leaner training program means that the learning is more reinforced and practical.
3. Content is now designed to be easy to “consume”
Demand for training content has definitely risen, but more companies are now conscious about the quality of the corporate training materials they receive from providers. Both trainers and trainees are now looking for content that’s easy to teach and digest.
As you can see, both companies and training providers are finding ways to acquire corporate training despite the economy. How you approach the training process is up to you, just be sure to explore your options first.
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