Microlearning is an effective method for developing employees and providing employee training at all levels within the organization. It can also be used at all times during the training lifecycle of an employee. To maximize the benefit, your organization must think strategically about how to map the use of microlearning onto the employee training lifecycle.
A strategic mapping of microlearning onto the needs of employees at different stages of development means that you can maximize the impact of microlearning and provide the largest benefit for both the employees and for the organization if you map correctly.
First, you need to consider that at different times within an employee’s relationship with an organization, they will have different learning needs. For example, a new employee participating in on-boarding training requires a different strategy than an employee who has been with the company for over a decade and is participating in the same old compliance training which is also different from an employee who is transitioning from years as an individual contributor to a new promotion as a manager. Each stage requires careful consideration of the goals, delivery tone and methods of delivering the training message. The Learning and Development department should consider the right way to map microlearning onto the employee journey with the company.
Let’s examine several major employee training milestones and discuss the right microlearning approach to each one.
When an employee first joins a company, they can be overwhelmed with the amount of information they must consume. There is benefits information, content related to company policies, procedures that need to be followed, and, not to mention, company history, product and/or service details and even who reports to whom. This can be intimidating and often employees feel numb from information overload for several weeks before settling into a routine.
This is one area where gamified microlearning can help. For one, when a new employee joins an organization, the organization wants the employee to feel good about their choice to enjoy getting to know the organization and to make friends quickly with their co-workers. Many organizations use a map or a journey analogy to craft gamified activities such as earning points for completing benefits information, company history scavenger hunts and even short, quick games to help new employees learn about products. Microlearning is helpful here because it doesn’t overwhelm the employee with hours and hour so information that quickly become lost or confused in the “fire-hose” approach that is the technique of many on-boarding programs.