This is the second of two posts discussing the roots of the issue and a new strategy to address this stubborn problem. In part one, we talked about the roots of the skills gap and the
extent to which executives understand the magnitude of the problem and the significant impacts it can have if unresolved. We noted research that indicates that up to 80% of learning is 'scrap' or wasted, and how the ineffectiveness of traditional training methods leads executives to look for workers with existing skill sets rather than train a capable prospective employee whose skills have not kept up with the market.
Bridging the Gap
Vado calls the efforts of executives searching for improved learning and development strategies and tactics as ‘Bridging the Gap’ and right now this bridging is going pretty slow; of companies surveyed, 94% seek to speed up the application of learning back into the workplace but only 23% feel they achieve this.
Vado’s strategy is simple but not simplistic;
Think differently about training
Consider for a moment the difference between Training and Development, which is essentially ‘Push vs. Pull’; Companies PUSH training and Employees PULL development. Here’s what Vado found:
Make it relevant
Alignment between the development offerings and an increase in personal performance must be demonstrated to the learner as well as alignment between the development offerings and organizational objects. Employees don’t want to waste time either, more importantly it can harm morale. They also want to be valuable to the organization. If you make it relevant, they will own it.
Make it accessible
Learners today want to access training when they need it and complete it at their own pace.
Vado believes in the idea of 'Chunked Learning', presented by Dr. George A. Miller, the author of “The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two”. The idea is to break down information into bite-sized pieces because too much information presented at one time leads to information overload.
This is supported by two recent articles in CLO Magazine; Malcom Poulin’s ‘In Learning, Size Matters’ which advocates for ‘microlearning’ strategies, and Bite-Sized Strategy, by Sebastian Bailey, in which he speaks to the idea of ‘miniaturization’ which is the distilling of a learning experience into smaller, more easily consumed packages, or shorter with immediate practical application.
Effectiveness of video in training
Vado presented research that highlights the importance of video in training. Utilizing videos in training increases learning lift in the following areas: overall learning, 200%; absorption, 40%; retention, 38%; persuasion, 43%; and impact 67%.
Incorporate the basic rules of retention
We remember 10% of what we read, 20% of what we hear, 30% what we see, 50% of what we see and hear, 70% of what you say and write, and 90% WHAT YOU DO.
Development Best Practices
1. Aligned to organizational objectives
2. Self-paced and learner focused
3. Embed learning into workflow
4. Granular, bite sized, 'chunked' learning
5. Multimedia approach (video, graphics, audio, text)
So the question then becomes not ‘if’ we will train (and waste 80% of what we spend on it) but ‘HOW’ we should train. Gyrus Systems believes Vado is on the right track and you can employ these same strategies in your own operation to improve your development and talent management efforts.