Generation-Y or millennials refer to the millions of people born in the years between 1976 and 2001. They are already a big portion of the global workforce. According to studies, they have different aspirations from work than other generations.
It is only e-learning that can meet these aspirations. The tech-savvy millennials are relying increasingly on e-learning tools. There are also other advantages of deploying e-learning in companies for staff training:
- Round the clock availability:
Employees can access training material round the clock. Because of this, they can get trained in an easy manner and in convenient settings. They also can learn faster than in classroom settings. Also, since there may be employees operating in different time zones and so courses can be made available to all, 24/7.
- Improvement in pedagogy:
Use of e-learning especially gamification has been found to enhance retention and learner engagement. E-learning helps by using interactive formats and personalized study materials. The employer is able to use learning tools to match skills to the learning goals of the employee. This is a scientific and superior alternative to traditional learning methods.
- Improved reach and collaboration:
E-learning enables reach to trainers and staff in all parts of the world. Teams located in different geographies can collaborate on challenges of problem solving. Another advantage is instant access to subject matter experts. It is a win-win condition for employees and trainers.
- Cost effective and greener:
For traditional learning methods, companies have to bear high costs. Budget must be allocated for classroom rentals, trainer and employee commute, infrastructure rentals, remuneration for trainers, printed learning material etc. in e-learning, there is only one time cost for preparing training material like 3D animation development and can be reused for different batches of employees. Paper consumption is reduced considerably. This reduces the carbon footprint of the process.
- Ideal for millennials:
Millennials work not just for money but for continuous learning. While classroom learning is limited in scope, in case of e-learning various domains of knowledge are available at the fingertips of this generation of workforce. Thus, they have access to courses and subjects which interest them and not limited to their sphere of work. This not only benefits learners but will be a catalyst for employee retention and loyalty, because of improved sense of accomplishment in their workplace.
Because of the rapid progress of the net as a tool for learning, training options are available for developing skills of employees. In sum, conducting e-learning based training for employees is an investment in their skills and efficient performance of their specific roles.