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Reaching Hybrid Workforces with Digital Learning

The pandemic has brought about one of the greatest workplace transformations we will see in our lifetime – the great working-from-home phenomenon. And yet, as restrictions have eased and the world has reopened, it is clear that remote working and all its benefits are here to stay to some degree or another: a hybrid workforce is the new normal. So, what does this mean for organisations in terms of the employee learning landscape moving forward? It’s clear that this presents new issues for organisations who want to deliver effective learning – ‘supporting learning in a hybrid workforce’ is currently listed as the second most important challenge on the Learning and Performance Institute’s list of pressing learning and development challenges. In this article, we look at four of the many advantages that digital learning can bring to hybrid workforces and discuss why you should consider digitising your training and learning programs to pivot to support this new work model.

Convenience and Flexibility

The first and possibly biggest advantage to digital learning is convenience. E-Learning programs can be completed anytime, anywhere, affording remote workers priceless flexibility in terms of work-life balance. Another convenience benefit is the asynchrony of online learning – that is to say that it may be self-paced, allowing learners to pause to reflect on learning, apply it instantly, or just pause and resume their learning as they like while they juggle other work tasks. What’s more, online learning also reaches more employees than in-person workshops ever could, including across multiple locations and time-zones that would be almost impossible to otherwise reach.

Organisational, Professional and Personal Growth

Another advantage of online learning lies in its potential in the realms of professional and personal development. Hybrid workers can not only complete required training and learning modules digitally, but with the provision of learning designed to upskill employees they can also enhance their overall skills profile. Micro-credentials on soft skills (such as engaging and developing high impact teams, empathy, agile leadership or resilience) and hard skills (such as data analytics and digital mastery) will elevate your workforce and drive professional and personal growth.

Leveraging digital learning and their opportunities for growth is key in meeting constantly evolving business needs. This is particularly true in exercising the Learning in the Flow of Work (LIFLOW) model and Learning-Practice-Apply working model, a guide on creating learning that meets this need is explored here.

Organisations are also increasingly utilising digital learning to invest in the health, wellbeing, and happiness of their employees through short modules on topics such as meditation, nutrition and wellbeing, staying productive and centred when remote working and more. These foundations of learning and encouragement to grow are intrinsic to a positive company culture.

Engaging Learning = Engaged Learners

There are several learning styles according to the VARK model (visual, auditory, reading and writing, and kinesthetic), and more still according to other models. Digital learning can fill gaps in learner engagement where face-to-face learning simply cannot. Through videos, self-paced quizzes, realistic scenarios, interactive role-play activities and more, online learning can cater to all learning preferences and styles so that learners remain engaged throughout.

A Personalised, Structured Learning Journey

Earlier this year the team at Guroo Producer launched Badge Pathways, self-directed but structured pathways through a series of digital badges or micro-credentials. Organisations can determine which badges are required and which are optional, along with the choice to offer related elective options and courses. This flexibility allows for the creation of courses that are structured in the way that they guide your employees to develop the necessary skills and capabilities, yet that give them the freedom to carve a pathway through the learning that is right for them making for a personalised, customisable learning journey.

If you would like to find out more about how badge pathways through ACADEMY can revamp your learning, you can explore more here.

A blended workforce calls for a blended approach to learning, and this it to be embraced to evolve with this new working model. Employers stand to gain a lot from digitising their training and learning programs, enabling them to reach their learners wherever they are to build a more productive, engaged, and happy workforce.

4 May 2022 3 Min Read

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