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Learning and development: a guide for HR managers

Joshua Merrick - Ispring Solutions

Learning and development is an incredibly important aspect of the success of a company and its people. These two processes are aimed at increasing the level of knowledge and professional competencies of employees. As a result, their motivation and productivity will increase. Learning and development contribute to the successful growth of personnel in their positions, increasing their interest in their activities, as well as optimizing the workflow. Despite the similarity of these concepts, they have slightly different meanings:

  •       Employee training is aimed at improving skills and gaining new knowledge in a particular area
  •       The development of employees is aimed at providing them with new knowledge and competencies that they can apply in any area of ​​​​their professional activity and that will help them build a career

Why is learning and development necessary?

  1. It is simply impossible to do without the implementation of these postulates in the modern world, because now every day something can change in the market of any goods and services, so business organizations often cover new niches in which they have not been involved before. This fact is a necessity, because without the involvement of new developing areas in the company’s activities, it is very difficult to achieve great heights and increase profits. In order for the company to master any niche, the direct participation of employees in this process is required. In such a situation, personnel must be trained and acquire specialized skills and competencies, because only in this way will they be able to perform new tasks. To do this, a training program is created, with the help of which employees master the necessary material and learn to apply it in practice.
  2. In addition, a training program is needed to adapt new people who have come to work in the company. It is very important that they not only quickly acquire professional competencies, but also learn how to use them effectively in their activities. In addition, this form of training should introduce new employees not only directly to the elements of their professional activities, but also to the principles of the company, its laws and culture.
  3. Also, a training program is necessary to maintain the skills of the staff. Over time, some aspects of work can be forgotten, so employees need to maintain their competencies so that their efficiency does not decrease and their performance does not deteriorate.
  4. In addition, training will be useful for improving the efficiency of employees in a team and improving their communication skills. High-quality teamwork will allow you to achieve better results in a shorter time. In addition, there are some areas where close cooperation is indispensable.

Elements of an effective learning and development program

  1. Personalization

When developing a training program, it is imperative to apply an individual approach to each individual employee. Due to this, there is a higher probability to interest the staff of the company and make the educational process more comfortable and interesting for them.

  1. Motivation

In order for employees to be as interested in learning as possible, you need to show them all the benefits of this process. It is necessary to explain what they will get by passing the curriculum and learning new material. If you manage to do this, then employees will see all the advantages in acquiring new knowledge and competencies, thanks to which they will begin to try harder and achieve better results.

  1. Convenience

This is a necessary aspect of an effective educational program. If the educational process is structured in such a way that it does not take too much of the personal time of employees and allows you to study the material when it is convenient and where it is convenient, then the company’s staff will be much more comfortable participating in the study.

  1. Integrity and structure

An effective training program should provide all the necessary knowledge in the shortest possible time and teach employees how to apply it in practice. This approach will increase the productivity of the educational process and allow staff to start using new skills in practice as soon as possible.

  1. Choosing quality training tools for employees

Good corporate training tools will allow you to implement all the plans that relate to training materials and special courses. Thanks to them, you can develop really interesting, diverse and engaging content that will interest the employees of the company.

How to create an effective learning and development program:

1. Define learning objectives
This stage will allow you to understand exactly what you want from employees and will give you the opportunity to determine further tasks that will lead you to the result. In addition, the goals will help in the future to evaluate the effectiveness of the training program itself.

2. Define specific tasks
At this stage, you need to create tasks that will help you achieve your goals. You need to think about the steps by which the curriculum will be as successful as possible.

3. Determine the necessary skills and knowledge
Think about what exactly you want to train your employees and in what area. It is necessary that new competencies allow the staff to achieve high results both personally and for the company as a whole.

4. Determine the current skills of employees
In order to develop a curriculum, it is necessary to understand what knowledge do staff have at the moment. This will help make courses more specific, personalized and relevant.

5. Create Engaging, Diverse, and Effective Content
Use the employee training tools to design powerful courses that will engage employees and provide them with all the materials and knowledge they need.

6. Develop a learning plan
Think about how the classes will take place and where. Choose the time at which online conferences will be held and set time periods for employees to complete the necessary training tasks.

High-quality training and development of employees is a necessary aspect of achieving high results by the company. Creating an effective curriculum is a rather complicated process that requires time, physical and material costs. However, this area is really worth investing in, because a good educational program will repay all your costs many times over.

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