Today in Singapore, when we think of learning, what do we understand from it? For many of us, it is an additional pursuit outside of everyday work in the office, to upgrade oneself for career endeavours. This can be limiting, for those of us who simply cannot find the time. The good news is, this isn’t the only way to integrate online learning into your everyday.
Traditional Learning Vs Learning When Required
According to recent studies, the average employee in an organisation barely has any time (24 minutes in a week to be exact) to engage in new learning material. What this means is that the traditional mode of learning, to engage in courses, classes, or MOOCs, doesn’t seem to be very viable in today’s fast paced world. In particular, we see that though employees thrive in organisations that are invested in their learning, this lack of time acts as a gatekeeper, effectively stalling employees from engaging in learning. It is also worth noting that employees today much prefer to learn at work, at their own pace, and most importantly, when the need arises.
Learning in the flow of work
Enter Learning in the Flow of Work, a new learning paradigm describing a new system that offers small nuggets of learning during work, a method more accessible and captivating. Traditional paradigms of learning require resources, like training platforms, and time that professionals typically do not have. With Learning in the Flow of Work, they are able to learn immediately when the need arises with just a few clicks on the computer or mobile phones. Platforms like Youtube and Spotify make it far easier for working professionals to arrive at learning due to their streamlined nature – one does not need to sit through 5 hours of class to arrive at an answer required in that moment.
Learning: Necessity or Luxury?
It goes without saying however, that there may be resistance in adopting new strategies to age-old problems. However, we cannot deny that Learning the Flow of Work has proven to be useful in a work environment. This new paradigm of corporate training provides another way to connect an employee’s goals and targets within the work environment. The overall effect is that organisations are able to meet business demands in present and future times, and workers understand their skills and earning potential. Ultimately, businesses need to design a combination of traditional learning and learning in flow, to optimise the skill level of workers and create productive work environments.
What organisations can do
With all that being said, here are some things organisations can do to support Learning in Flow:
1. Incorporate the 4 E’s of Learning
The 4 Es will help to optimise learning without overwhelming workers over learning approaches. The four Es are: Education, Experience, Exposure and Environment. With these four holistic approaches, and an understanding of a worker’s capabilities and learning habits, we can ensure continuous learning throughout a worker’s tenure in an organisation with more structure and support.
2. Provide accessible curated content
Self-learning through Youtube or Google can be effective in the early stages. However, organisations should strive to curate their own learning content that is easy to access and quick to pick out from. This can be done through various means, like creating an online space in company servers or training management systems, much like the one TDS Singapore provides, where employees and management can make contributions.
The 8EYOND training management system supports employers with instructor-led programmes that are easily deployed to employees. Secure and scalable, it’s perfect for organisations big and small.
3. Build a stronger learning culture
it goes without saying that continuous learning isn’t just about the latest tech or content formatting. The human touch is as essential as it gets. In order for employees to learn throughout their tenure at an organisation, encouraging learning through sharing of knowledge, internal social networks and mentorships will also prove to be effective in the long run.
Learn in flow with TDS
To keep up with the changing nature of workplaces, it is essential for learning paradigms to evolve and stay relevant to the era. Learning in the flow of work is one option to consider, amidst the use of ILTs and VILTs and other technologies. In identifying the right learning paradigm, organisations can ensure an optimised learning environment without disrupting daily work, thereby improving productivity and performance.
At TDS Singapore, we are constantly researching and innovating to provide the most effective training platforms with our various e-learning courses. If you happen to have any queries, reach out to us here.