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Want employees at the top of their game? Deliver Learning at Workspeed

It’s been 34 years since Maverick coined the phrase, “I feel the need… the need for speed!”

Speed was viewed a bit differently when Top Gun was released in 1986. Phones were attached to landlines, entertainment was watched live on TV sets or in movie theaters, and answers were found in encyclopedias and libraries. At work, desktop computers were still a novelty, employee training was conducted in classrooms, and paper binders held the answers to operational questions.

It’s incredible how far we’ve come. With connected mobile devices that fit in our pockets, we are now reliant upon fast modern technology. Communications and entertainment are always at our fingertips, and waiting more than ten seconds—let alone ten minutes—to find answers to any question is considered unacceptable.

Perhaps it’s only apropos that a new Top Gun movie is being released this year into a world that has gone crazy for speed. We conduct our daily lives in real-time on mobile devices, and companies use technology to move faster than ever in a competitive global marketplace.

The irony? Despite all this speed flying around, many employees continue to lack access to modern learning tools that keep pace with business. In fact, employees are often slowed down by workplace learning rather than enabled or accelerated by it.

You could say that employees are feeling the need for learning at workspeed.

Here are three reasons why learning at workspeed is necessary to deliver strong business results and why it encapsulates the solution to today’s training and development challenges.

1. Traditional learning can’t keep up with the speed of modern work.

Given that the classroom setting and paper binders were the go-to learning techniques of the 1980s, is there really any doubt that they’re now completely outdated? To empower employees, it’s crucial to think beyond the traditional course structure.

The speed of modern work demands that learning be a continuous and on-demand activity, not a one-off requirement. Modern learning tools must be in employees’ hands so contextual learning and self-paced training are accessible anytime, anywhere, and on any device. It’s the only way to deliver results at the speed of work.

2. Mission-critical learning: The fast track to operational excellence.

Ask yourself: What do you really want from employees? Whether it’s more efficient job execution or delivery of better customer experiences, the overall goal of employee training and development is usually to bolster the bottom line through operational excellence.

Now ask yourself: What do employees really want from you? Sure, a paycheck, but what many workers look for these days is the ability to learn, perform, and succeed on the job. Engagement and performance are tied closely to enablement, which is why it’s important to ensure that employees understand from day one exactly how they will discover and learn information on the job.

These days, enablement comes in the form of consistent access to self-paced training, searchable digital resources, and mission-critical content while in the flow of work. Employees must be empowered to find the right answers at all times. This type of active learning is associated with 90% knowledge retention, which lends itself nicely to operational excellence, doncha think?

3. Real-time learning for real-time impact.

Perhaps one of the most startling realities is the speed at which humans forget new information. Ebbinghaus’s Forgetting Curve reminds us how fast memory loss occurs: 42% of memorized information is forgotten in 20 minutes, and 67% is gone within a day. That’s clearly the wrong type of speed.

These days, enablement comes in the form of consistent access to self-paced training, searchable digital resources, and mission-critical content while in the flow of work. Employees must be empowered to find the right answers at all times. This type of active learning is associated with 90% knowledge retention, which lends itself nicely to operational excellence, doncha think?

In contrast, impactful learning moments occur when we reinforce information through immediate action. With a modern learning environment, information is always on-demand and accessible on any device, which means learning happens in the flow of work. Active learning helps learners retain information and deliver better performance on the job.

Aim high with Learning at Workspeed

Work moves fast. Learning must keep pace and not slow down your employees or your business. The proof is in the numbers: Net Promoter Scores (NPS) illustrate that traditional learning systems score a -57, while modern learning tools like Inkling achieve a +32 NPS. Today’s learners want—and deserve—modern tools that enable them to match expectations and perform at the speeds expected in the workplace.

We’re pretty sure Maverick would agree that to deliver impressive results, you gotta give employees a powerful engine for learning at workspeed.

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