The Most Efficient Training Method: Your Employees’ Individual Learning Styles

A new project is being introduced to your employees. It is important to make sure everyone is up to date on new and important knowledge needed to succeed. In the past, meetings have been difficult to plan, not everyone has the same time slot available. Not to mention, apart from the select few, most of the attention in the room is divided. Companies have developed a revolutionary solution; employees are sent all the new information and are told to study it on their own time.

Although the thought of having employees study new information on their own time sounds efficient, it actually can backfire. While HR devises a plan to relay information to employees in the most efficient way, it might be helpful to consider that when it comes to individual workers, there are individual efficient solutions.

Encoding and understanding new information is done in several ways depending on what type of learner an employee is. Yes, there are people who benefit from learning on their own, they are called the “solitary learner.” However, it is important to cater to the other types of learners. For example; there are social learners that benefit from learning in a group, kinesthetic learners that benefit from hands on learning, aural learners that benefit from hearing the information, verbal learners that benefit from speaking their questions about new information, and visual learners that benefit from a visual presentation. Suppose you include visuals and videos in your information pages for the visual and auditory learners, you have met the needs of two more types of learners. However, without a meeting the rest are left struggling to understand information that is crucial to your company’s success.

We see that a meeting is not so bad afterall. If we get the right people in the room, time used to explain new information will be used efficiently. HR can focus on identifying who can benefit from these meetings by use of advanced analytic solutions. Analytics solutions that track the individual user’s activity can help spot those who might be struggling and in need of a different way to learn. For example, Cardiolog Analytics, a third party analytic solution that tracks SharePoint and Office 365, offers metrics that point to users that spend little time, or no time at all on the information pages. Lack of spending a sufficient amount of time learning information can be reflect the employee’s frustration as they attempt to get up to speed with the company’s latest endeavor. Their experienced difficulty may result to lack of motivation and productivity. Once HR can see this information, a list of those who will benefit from a meeting can be devised and the most efficient method to relay information can be given in a room full of people who need and want to be there.