Government Elearning! Magazine

DEC 2015 - JAN 2016

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26 Winter 2016 Government Elearning! not expect to see this much of a diference between the perceptions of the control group (BizLibrary client employees) and employees at non-client organizations. Te diferences are real and rather dramatic — the product of substantive distinctions between the ways employees access learning resources. We believe this because we asked some details about the training programs of the survey participants. Doubtless, much more research is needed. In fact, you can learn more about this research at But we need data on actual performance. Data from this survey tells us an important story about what employees think — and they don't think traditional training programs work very well. Employees tell us to give them more choices, more video and to minimize the use of classroom delivery. Does this data prove the efectiveness of the methods employees prefer? Not conclusively, but when employees are engaged in the training methods, there is a far greater likelihood of success than when they are checked out and not engaged in boring, out-of-date training methods. SUMMARY, CONCLUSION Tink carefully about critical jobs and professions that most organizations need. Tey rely on professionals with expertise in Web design, user interface, social media recruiting, and inbound marketing. More jobs or critical job skills (depending upon your specifc industry) are likely "hard to fnd." Some of these jobs and skills simply did not exist as recently as fve years ago. Te reality of today will certainly not be the reality of tomorrow. Tat's why it's so important we help employees — and, by extension, our organizations — prepare for the future. We can get ahead of some of this by shifing our training eforts to develop skills and competencies around things like adaptability, learning agility and change leadership. If we can make that strategic shif in our development focus, we might see the next round of answers to this question be more favorable. —Te author is vice president of Marketing for BizLibrary. employee training 13.37% 29.84% 39.71% 29.54% 14.17% 10.03% 7.98% 5.86% 5.09% 2.08% 30.34% 18.62% Ve ry Effective Effective Neutral ■ Public ■ Control Group Plot Area Ineffective Very Ineffective N/A Effectiveness at Preparing for the Future - All Responses 56.39% 69.79% 50.90% 43.21% 54.41% 66.41% Question 1: New Things Question 2: Improve Performance ■ Public ■ Control Group Question 3: Prepare for the Future Summary of First Three Questions: "V ery Effective" & "Effective" Responses Combined Bottom line: employees don't think traditional training programs work very well. Tey want more choices, more video.

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