I read an excellent article regarding the incredible statistic that only 4% of staff feel that performance reviews are useful here, and it really made me think. Why do we stick to formats that don’t produce results? A set and forget mindset is never going to create real change or development with measurable results, so let’s talk about how to do it differently. Let’s talk about how to turn annual reviews into a constant and continuous process that involves supporting and guiding staff to develop themselves in ways that benefit the business and allow employees to move further along in their chosen career path. If employee engagement is a problem, then let’s find new ways to get employees to engage. To that end, I produced this video with the help of an awesome online program from biteable.com, so I want to shout out to those guys for making a fantastic product, and encourage others to try it out. The findings and numbers in the video come from the article above about the survey run by Bamboo HR. I’ve enabled the option to download and share the video, and if you choose to do so, I would appreciate it if you linked back to this blog post because it did take effort to get it together. Thank you!
Social Learning and Millennials seem to go hand in hand. The focus on social media, communication and gamification tick all the generational stereotypes when L&D professionals try to appeal to the increasing numbers of Millennials and Post-Millennials joining the workforce. The key to success with Social Learning is to ensure that it is created on a level playing field where everyone’s expertise and ideas are valued; the tech-savvy youth of today know when they are being talked down to and when appeals for their participation lack authenticity. Remember, Millennials may have been raised in a technology obsessed world, but they are not a uniform group, no generation is, meaning that those entering the workforce in need of development need to be treated as individuals with individual development requirements and unique skill gaps. Social Learning is a highly beneficial way to identify those needs, and create a community around bridging the gaps.
For more information on Social Learning and how to get started, you can read my previous blog post here.
The future of L&D is here now: while Gamification is still too expensive for many organisations to fully embrace and pursue, there is a need to adopt better analysis of training metrics, offer more flexible mobile learning access as well as provide micro-learning to complement the medium, and to personalise offerings to ensure that you don’t have a one-size-fits-all mentality to staff development. There is no reason why your organisation can’t be adopting and adapting new ways to boost and measure the effectiveness of your development offerings.