HRO Today March 2016 - 47

Learning Trends
It's no surprise that
groups of all ages
spend considerable
more time on mobile
devices today.
Americans spend an
average of 4.7 hours a
day on their devices.
This growing trend is
changing learners'
expectations about
how quickly they can
access information
and get answers to
questions.
largest increase relative to all other age groups over the
decade. By 2022, the bureau predicts that 31.9 percent
of workers will be within this range. At the same time,
there is also an influx of younger employees entering
the workforce.
More organizations are also making cultural, gender
and thought diversity in their companies a priority.
According to the survey, nearly 76 percent of companies
agree that diversity will be a central issue. By prioritizing
this important element of the business, companies avoid
" dying on the vine " and eliminate institutional " group
think. " Pulling together employees of different genders,
backgrounds, and cultures can bring new perspectives to
the business and ultimately lead to better decisions and
business outcomes.
It is important to recognize that the growing diversity
in the employee pool is met with natural differences
among individual learners, including their technology
preferences. As a result, it is becoming necessary for
HR executives to implement programs that deliver
a personalized learning experience and meet the
technological expectations of a more diverse workforce.
For example, when using an advanced learning solution,
some participants may choose to log responses to
knowledge checks via mobile device, while others
choose to utilize a desktop PC. Having these options can
make all the difference in engaging employees.
Another great way to meet the needs of a diverse
workforce is to provide adaptable approaches to
learning. Some learners prefer to watch a short video
or listen to a podcast during their commute; others
enjoy group discussions or hands-on workshops. HR
leaders should develop content that can be repurposed
and used for multiple approaches to reach the same
objectives.
Harnessing the power of anytime, anywhere info
While the majority of survey respondents reported that
they currently implement web-based or instructor-led
learning programs, trends point toward mobile learning.
In fact, the survey found that 20 percent of respondents
say that their company is prioritizing the use of mobile
learning in 2016. This format, along with a mobile-first
approach to development, is becoming more desirable,
as smartphones are changing learners' expectations
about the availability of information.
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