Today, retaining top talent takes more than just providing financial benefits and perks. As the world adopts to hybrid work and employees demand greater talent development opportunities, focusing on these two priorities will be key to retaining, and ultimately, growing your organization.
So, in response to the ever-growing demand for dynamic learning and development opportunities, organizations are now looking into adopting hybrid workplace learning.
Get expert insights on the best ways to improve your L&D strategy with this Hybrid Workplace Learning media session.
What is Hybrid Workplace Learning?
As today’s standard of great work culture is driven by opportunities to learn, grow and collaborate, the demand to adopt hybrid workplace learning has become even more critical.
While it is generally perceived only as a model that combines online and in-person learning, experts believe it goes beyond that. What makes the model work specifically for businesses is that it combines these two aspects of learning and integrates them into your organizational workflow.
As a result, employees are encouraged to learn without having to disconnect from their everyday work.
Benefits of Adopting Hybrid Workplace Learning
As a crucial part of a Learning & Development (L&D) strategy, hybrid workplace learning provides some key benefits for your organization:
- Increase productivity and workforce agility
When an organization provides L&D opportunities to its employees and focuses on supporting talent development and upskilling programs, it opens pathways to rise above the competition in terms of increasing productivity and workforce agility.
As employees learn more and dive deeper beyond their current roles, they become more efficient in their work processes and are agile in responding to dynamic business changes and ever-changing needs.
- Retain top talent and improve employee satisfaction
Again, as employee priorities shift toward workplace flexibility and professional development, providing opportunities for your employees to grow and hone their skill sets at their own pace can increase your employee satisfaction and encourage your employees to stay.
- Build good employer brand
As your L&D strategy starts to build a more vibrant workforce—retaining top talents and improving employee satisfaction—it can help you build a good employer brand that helps attract both employees and customers, and ultimately benefit your business growth.
Challenges and Implementation
Implementing Hybrid Workplace Learning (HWL) programs, however, isn’t as easy as it seems. One main challenge HR experts see, for example, is making sure that the in-person learning experience isn’t lost during online learning.
This, coupled with the challenge of curating and developing programs and curriculums, makes it difficult to create (or even start) an HWL program.
To address this challenge, you’ll need:
- Technology: with the new learning models today and the shift to self-directed learning, you will need the right technology to support the efficiency you require.
Learning Experience Platforms (LXP) are in demand to support asynchronous learning and provide self-directed learning experiences.
Good LXPs should help provide easily accessible, understandable, and seamless learning modules. In addition, it must be efficient, so your users understand the structure and are engaged throughout the process.
Once you find the right LXP, you must prepare diverse learning modules where—and your technology should support this—you can prepare different types of programs to support different learning styles.
To achieve this, you’ll need:
- A diverse set of HWL modules: While different workplace learning models can vary depending on what suits your business needs, you need to make sure that your sets of programs are personalized and designed for self-study based on their specific needs.
This way, you can also curate programs that help employees mature their skillset relevant to their jobs and your business goals.
If planned properly, a good learning and development strategy can do so much more than increasing employee satisfaction.
Once integrated into your employees’ flow of work, it would be a key factor in supporting other key business strategies, not only in retaining top talent in the long run, but also in ensuring business operation processes are more calibrated, efficient, and intentional.
Learn how to strategize your Learning & Development better by exploring how Hybrid Workplace Learning can be implemented into your organization with MaivenPoint Chief Strategy Officer Ethan Li’s expert insights on his media interview with Money FM 89.3.
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