5 Types of Learning and Development to Empower Your Team
Learning and development (L&D) has become a hot topic in the workplace, with 69 percent of companies increasing employee development due to its ability to empower employees and attract and retain skilled team members.
While it’s important to create an effective L&D program, you will need to use different types of learning and development based on your desired outcome and your employees’ experience at your company.
This doesn’t mean one L&D method is better than another, but instead, you may need to use different learning strategies at various times and for specific reasons. Here are five learning and development initiatives you can use for professional development, employee training, and more to improve your program.
Almost every organization has an orientation process, whether it’s formal or informal. An orientation program is a set of activities that gives new employees information about the company. Think of it as the icebreaker between a new employee and the company that happens during the first week of being hired.
Orientation works to make new hires more comfortable in their role. A well thought out program includes items such as:
- Company mission and values
- Key policies and procedures
- Leadership team
- Orientation packet
- Benefit plans
An effective orientation program makes a difference in how quickly a new hire can take on responsibility, be productive, and contribute to the team. It also gives them the chance to meet co-workers, spend time with supervisors, and become familiar with the work environment.
Orientation is usually part of the greater employee onboarding process. When onboarding a new employee, you are acclimating them to the company through training sessions over time. Onboarding can last anywhere from a few weeks to 12 months.
Done well, onboarding sets the new employee up for success. An effective onboarding process covers topics such as:
- Learning and growth opportunities
- Responsibilities and expectations
- Compliance training
Skill-building can future-proof an organization. Yet, 49 percent of executives are concerned that employees do not have the right skills for executive business strategy. A clear skill gap is emerging, as 76 percent of young talent believe learning is the key to a successful career.
L&D specialists are responsible for creating high-impact skills training programs that develop both technical and soft skills—preparing employees to take their careers to the next level.
Some examples of soft skills to include in learning programs include:
- Conflict resolution
- Time management
- Interpersonal skills
Technical skills depend on an individual’s career path. But some examples of skills you can teach include:
- Content writing
- Data analysis
- Business Intelligence
Learning and development programs are becoming more strategic. Experts are training employees to work across teams and work toward a common goal.
Team building exercises foster better relationships between teammates and improve collaboration. Team building helps employees learn decision-making and problem-solving skills and empowers them to work together.
Topics you can teach during team training include:
- Building a positive environment
- Team collaboration
- Team productivity
- Motivating teammates
- Establishing healthy relationships
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging training
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEI&B) programs are an excellent way to positively address prejudices and biases within a workplace, according to a study about diversity training at the University at Buffalo’s School of Management.
L&D pros are leading education in diversity, equity, and inclusion for organizations, and taking complete ownership of DEI&B training. Over half (55 percent) of surveyed experts own or share the responsibility of the DE&I strategy in their organization. These programs help build a foundation of psychological safety for teams and give them opportunities to become more successful.
“DEI&B programs are a necessary commitment for companies to make sure their employees feel safe, empowered and like they belong. The sustained commitment and space for dialogue married with impactful training will help organizations make their employees feel included, empowered, and ultimately, like they belong.”
-Hanah Chang, Senior Manager, People & Culture, WorkRamp
Topics covered in DEI&B training include:
- Improving engagement amongst teams
- Counteracting unconscious bias
- Creating an inclusive environment
- Identifying sources of inclusion
DEI&B training can help to increase awareness about diversity within a workplace and enable team members to accept and appreciate differences among co-workers. This can create better communication amongst employees and help to build a positive work environment.
Build your own L&D strategy
From orientation and onboarding to team building and DEI&B training, all of these types of learning and development deserve a place within your organization. Prioritizing learning and employee development can future-proof your company, set employees up for success, and make team members feel like valued members of the organization.
Are you ready to create an L&D strategy? Find out how WorkRamp can help you prioritize learning and development. Contact us to request a demo.
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