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Is Classroom Training Dead?

Posted on February 4th, 2013 by The Learning Factor

We have been training employees in organisations for over 15 years. We have seen some transformational changes when there is robust consideration of the best ways to meet the goal – to improve employee performance.

For training programs to be effective, organisations must use the right methods and mediums for their training sessions and their audience. They must also allocate the right budget. All too many times, we see organisations wanting transformational change – and a quick and inexpensive solution. This is an oxymoron.

Classroom training is not dead, but it also isn’t the answer for every training need. Given the popularity of social media sites such as Facebook, it only seems logical to consider how social media tools can be utilised within your organisation.

Plenty of learning happens outside a formal structure or classroom. We now categorise this as Social Learning. Social learning means learning with and from others – colleagues, managers and peers. It happens at conferences, coffee shops or online. Thanks to workplace collaboration tools, organisations can create rich, online environments in which employees can learn from each other instead.

A recent report from McKinsey states: “Two-thirds of value creation opportunity afforded by social technologies lies in improving communications and collaboration within and across enterprises. By adopting these organisational technologies, we estimate that companies could raise the productivity of knowledge workers by 20-25%. However, realising such gains will require significant transformations in management practices and organisational behaviour. Social technologies can enable organisations to become fully networked enterprises – networked in both a technical and behavioural sense”.

Savvy business leaders need to harness the power of Social Learning now to drive business results. A number of clients are already reaping the benefits of this style of collaborative learning. Contact us to find out what social technologies do for the productivity of your organisation.

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