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How to Train Your Employees to Learn


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Not all employees are equally skilled at learning. Some can’t walk around the block without gaining new professional skills, whereas others seem to resist every attempt to reach them. At organizations that provide outdated, ineffective training, weak learners aren’t getting anything at all and elite learners are fed up with poor development opportunities.

This status quo isn’t working for anyone, but it’s about to get a lot worse for companies. Today’s improving economy means that disengaged top performers will be able to leave easily. Worse, it’ll be extremely hard to fill their open positions with Millennial talent. Instead of training your top learners to leave, develop them to stay.

In this webinar, you will learn:

-Why not all employees are equally skilled at learning—and why that needs to change
-Techniques you can use to make learning work for everyone
-How learning can help you prioritize long-term growth
-The one way to cultivate innovation and engage top performers

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How to Train Your Employees to Learn

  1. 1. Teach Your Learners to Learn: How to Make Every Employee A Top Performer
  2. 2. Alex Khurgin Director of Learning, Grovo @LearninKhurgin Today’s Speaker
  3. 3. Train your employees like you plan on keeping them 3 In this webinar we’ll cover: ✓ Why not all employees are equally good at learning—and why you need to change that now ✓ Techniques you can use to make learning work for everyone ✓ How learning can help you prioritize long-term growth
  4. 4. Updating an old joke 4 CEO “What if we train our people and they leave?” CLO “What if we don’t and they stay?” CDO “What if we just train the top people to leave... and keep everyone else?
  5. 5. Employees demand learning at work 5 90% 52%72% 1. The Harris Poll: The Digital Skills Gap, Harris Interactive Inc., (May 14, 2014) 2. Montini, Laura. "Glassdoor Survey: Employees Want More Training Programs, Not Degrees." 3. “The Impact of Employee Engagement on Performance,” Harvard Business Review of employees don’t feel proficient with the technology they use every day. of employees say they value on-the-job training more than a college degree. of companies cite training as an impactful driver of engagement.
  6. 6. 6 Learners are not all created equal.
  7. 7. A tale of two employees Zach Sam Highly skilled New to the industry
  8. 8. A tale of two employees Zach Sam High salary Poor learner Just starting out Elite learner
  9. 9. A tale of two employees Sam Zach Skill Time 2.5 years
  10. 10. A tale of two employees Zach Sam Obsolete Valuable
  11. 11. Top talent will leave soon 11
  12. 12. It’ll be hard to replace them 12 1. The Deloitte Millennial Survey 2014: Big Demands and High Expectations 2. PWC report: "Millennials At Work Reshaping the Workplace" 3. Internet Trends 2015 – Mary Meeker, KPCB 46% of the workforce will be millennial in 5 years. 8% more millennials prefer learning opportunities than cash bonuses at work. 59% of millennials say the presence of state-of-the-art training is important in deciding if they want to take a job.
  13. 13. 13 Don’t train your people to leave. Develop them to stay.
  14. 14. The 6 Es of Equilibrium 14 1) Environmental 2) Effective 3) Effortless 4) Experimental 5) Evolutionary 6) Ecosystemic
  15. 15. Environmental Create a place where learning happens everywhere • Time • Encouragement • A sense of urgency • Accessibility
  16. 16. Effective Learning needs to work 16 Practice techniques: • Spacing • Variation • Interleaving • Elaboration • Incentivizing • Affective learning • Job aids
  17. 17. Effortless Learning is hard enough without the cruft 17 Microlearning: Short bursts of content that bring information painlessly to learners of all strengths and abilities.
  18. 18. Experimental Make big bets in small places, intelligently 18 Be open. Be discerning. Be honest. Be the innovator.
  19. 19. Evolutionary Keep learners performing for the long term 19 Develop metacognition by helping your learners build mental models.
  20. 20. Ecosystemic A harmony of content, platform, and know-how 20 An ecosystem makes learning available to every learner throughout their time at your organization. Micro Frictionless Expert
  21. 21. 21 You’ll teach weak learners how to learn • Learning will become habitual • Learners will discern valuable information for themselves • Metaskills will empower future growth
  22. 22. 22 • Growth opportunities clarify • Culture becomes aligned • Learners have more ownership of their careers and their companies You’ll engage strong learners enough to stay
  23. 23. Your only competitive advantage 23 In a future of spreading automation, people are your only competitive advantage.
  24. 24. 24 A Seat at the Table
  25. 25. Teach your learners to learn 25 • Some great learners are born. The rest can be made. • Organizations can no longer keep top performers who aren’t getting effective learning at work. • Teach your learners to learn using the 6 Es of Equilibrium: • Environmental • Effective • Effortless • Experimental • Evolutionary • Ecosystemic
  26. 26. Questions? 26 Follow Alex on Twitter! @LearninKhurgin Connect: Alex Khurgin Director of Learning, Grovo
  27. 27. Come say hello! Learning and Leadership Development Conference September 16–18 | Chicago, IL International Performance Management Conference September 20–22 | New Orleans, LA CLO & Talent Management Forum September 27–29 | Tucson, AZ DevLearn September 30–October 2 | Las Vegas, NV
  28. 28. Thank You! 28 Alex Khurgin Director of Learning, Grovo @LearninKhurgin Connect: 212.924.2579 Learn more: Grovo is a better way to learn at work. | 212.924.2579
  29. 29. Thank You!
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