Equipping your workers with the digital skills they need to success is more important than ever, but on the job training seems more difficult than ever before. Many of today’s managers and business owners who are hoping to train their employees don’t have the know-how to succeed, and make crucial mistakes when it comes to incorporating tech into their training regimes. Technology is changing on the job training more than anything else, and it’s hopeless to try and master the training process if you’re not up to date on the latest innovations.
Here’s what you need to know about how tech is changing on the job training, and what you’ll need to do if you want your training regime to survive and thrive well into the 21st century.
Training is now possible around the clock
Where on the job training was once restricted to time periods when employees were on the clock, digital technology has made it so that everyone is available at virtually any hour of the day. This has many positive and negative aspects alike, but one of the undeniable developments that’s reshaped our market the most over the past few decades is that digital technology has eroded the distance between our work and personal lives. Our inboxes and digital tech follows us so closely after we leave work that some are even beginning to muse if we should ban work emails out of hours.
Like it or not, technology is here to stay. Managers who are struggling with on the job training can’t fear the latest digital innovations, but rather should be rushing to embrace them so that their jobs are easier. The latest tools aren’t always easy to understand, but they’re fundamental drivers of the modern economy and should only be ignored at your own peril. Workers today have access to immense sums of knowledge virtually on demand, for instance, making it easier than ever before for you to convey important messages and information to them, provided they’re tech literate.
Technology is making it easier for many companies to develop talent pipelines that churn out of the kind of innovative employees they need for the digital era. Rather than waiting for universities, trade schools, and other institutions of learning to produce skilled workers for them, contemporary businesses are beginning to leverage digital tech so that they can churn out skilled and productive employees themselves.
Training is more engaging than ever
Another fundamental way that technology is reshaping on the job training is by bolstering levels of employee engagement. Where managers and business owners once struggled to gain the attention of their workers, it’s now easier than ever before to use digital tools to make sure everyone’s on the same page and developing at a positive rate. If you’re worried that your on the job training regime is producing lackluster results, consider the ways that you should be making use of tech to bolster employee engagement when trying to teach your workers crucial skills.
Tech isn’t just making it easier for employers to tie their workers into on the job training with ease, it’s also lowering the costs associated with training altogether. Rather than having to cart in expensive experts, you can know rely on digital seminars and access treasure troves of valuable information online at almost no cost at all. Those managers and business owners who aren’t making extensive use of the free and insightful information made available to their workforce through the internet are letting their businesses down.
Above all else, technology is changing on the job training because it’s changing the way we operate as human beings on a daily basis. Always having a smartphone in your pocket, spending hours a day starting at a screen, and keeping in constant contact with one another across great distances is subtly changing the way we think and interact every single day, whether we know it or not. Technology doesn’t just help us restructure our societies and provide protection in armored cars, but often also restructures the way we think and behave. Businesses that aren’t incorporating flexible training solutions that can change as today’s tech does are setting themselves up for failure in the long run.
It’s time to stop being scared of technology and to instead start making use of it to revolutionize your on the job training. Keep your employees in constant contact with one another by suppling company smartphones, and don’t be afraid to bring in a third party to teach your workers through a digital seminar. Those who are wasting their time trying to outrun the pace of technological innovation are merely winding themselves. As the rest of the 21st century unfolds, the market will find itself dominated by those companies which embraced technological change early on and leveraged it to their advantage.
A social media marketing executive and entrepreneur, Alex has led the marketing divisions of some of the UK's leading advertising and PR firms. He specializes in usng the power of big data and business analysis to deliver actionable metrics.
As manager of a large team of digital marketers, Alex is responsible for delivering the training and development of his entire department. He emphasises standardizing procedures and creating an immersive on-boarding process as key to bringing new members to your team.
Outside business, Alex is a keen videographer and music producer, living and working in Brighton, UK.