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4 Emerging Trends in Corporate Training You Can't Ignore

By Ian Cornett on November 4, 2016


Many businesses strive to keep up with the competition when it comes to delivering excellent products and services. Even departments within organizations, such as HR and IT, must stay current to maintain compliance and security. However, corporate training events are too often left out of the equation in the race to stay on the leading edge. Year after year of using the same agenda, the same team-building exercises, and the same format will result in stagnation. Today’s workforce values opportunities for learning and career growth. If your corporate training events are not delivering the desired benefits, employees are more likely to seek an organization that makes them feel like they are working with a group that will help them achieve their long-term goals.  

When is the last time you took a look at your corporate training events? If they are feeling a little stale, it might be time to consider incorporating some of the latest trends in corporate training.

4 New Trends in Corporate Training

If you’re ready to freshen up your corporate training events and your overall training approach, take some cues from the latest trends:

1. Bite-Sized Learning

Many organizations are delivering training sessions and retention activities in shorter bursts to accommodate shrinking attention spans and different learning styles. Digital tools like online training modules and mobile apps make it easier to deliver bite-sized learning without draining resources or requiring individuals to be in the same place at the same time. Periodic small group discussions and boost learning activities can also be employed more often than larger training events. Taking a bite-sized learning approach also makes it easier to grow knowledge throughout the year rather than waiting for single, larger corporate training events such as annual retreats and conferences.  

Learn how you can adopt experiential learning into your training and  development initiatives with this guide.

2. Gamification

The trend in digital learning continues with the emergence of gamification for corporate training. Organizations are capitalizing on the addictive nature of games to make corporate learning more engaging and accessible to a new generation of employees. Training games that incorporate elements of competition, rewards, and feedback are more likely to keep employees entertained and coming back for more.

3. Renewed Focus on the Science of Learning

The leading training organizations are relying on neuroscience to develop the most effective training programs. Companies that want to get the most from their training budgets are returning to the scientifically backed concepts of learning decay, boost learning, and experiential learning. Employing the training techniques that were developed to deliver the highest retention and application rates maximizes your training investment and increases the likelihood that new skills will be applied on the job.   

4. Competency-Based Programs

Training for the sake of training is falling out of fashion. The most successful organizations are developing targeted corporate training events that link competencies with job performance so that individuals not only acquire new skills, but also have the motivation to apply them in a way that will lead to lasting behavior change. Rather than delivering the same training content over and over, the new trend is to create programs that are specifically designed to deliver the most impact for particular roles and skill levels.   

Tying the Trends Together

All of these trends in corporate training can be addressed with the right combination of experiential learning and digital retention tools. Science has shown that learning by doing leads to the best retention rates, but even the best corporate training events are not immune to learning decay and must be supported with a good retention strategy. Using a digital learning platform after a corporate training event will allow individuals to refresh knowledge at any time, from any location, and in bite-sized chunks. Incorporating gamification into that platform will increase engagement and encourage individuals to apply their new skills to create lasting behavior change.

Not every organization has the resources to create its own digital learning tools, but you can invest in customizable measurement and retention tools that are tailored to your training goals. Combine this approach with experiential learning and your organization will be on top of all the latest trends for corporate training events.

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Ian has been with Eagle’s Flight since 1997, and is Executive Vice President, Global Accounts. He holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of British Columbia. Ian spent 12 years at Nestlé Canada and brings a wide range of experience that includes practical business experience in management, sales, program design, development and mentoring. He works closely with the Global licensees to ensure their success as they represent Eagle’s Flight in the worldwide marketplace. He has developed outstanding communication skills and currently is the Executive in Charge of a large Fortune 500 client with a team of employees dedicated to this specific account. As a result, Ian has been instrumental in driving the company’s growth and strategic direction.

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