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Boost your Employee Engagement with these Simple Learning and Development Strategies

June 2nd 2017

Is your company suffering a motivation meltdown? You’re not alone.

According to a recent report global employee engagement dropped from 65% in 2015 to 63% in 2016. Such a slump in employee engagement has the potential to pollute business success, causing wide ranging issues, from increased absenteeism to depleted productivity and lower profits.

A key area often overlooked in tackling employee disengagement, particularly when employers are focused on driving down costs, is employee Learning and Development.

As an experienced, award-winning global provider of strategic and digital learning solutions, TTi Global has collated four simple and effective learning and development strategies to help you revitalise flagging engagement and gain competitive advantage. 

1. Help Employees Understand Your Brand Values

Employees working in a vacuum with little understanding of the company they work for are unlikely to feel inspired or use their skills to the fullest.  

Establishing a core set of brand values and ensuring employees understand what they are and how their role contributes in their delivery, lets staff know what’s expected of them and why their contribution matters.

Learning about a company’s brand values shouldn’t only feature at induction but reinforced throughout an employee’s journey. For example, developing performance goals that support the company’s overarching objectives and introducing stimulating training activities and workshops designed to enhance understanding of the company’s mission and industry position. 

2. Learning and Development for Leadership, Managers and Team Leaders

One of the biggest barriers to creating a thriving, engaged workforce is managers with poor leadership qualities.

As well as on-going training to help HR recruiters select and retain the best managers, identifying professional behaviour and performance training for managers and team-leaders will help sharpen people-management skills.

Strong, positive leaders not only bolster team motivation but embody and champion a company’s brand values, embedding them further and nurturing similar behaviour in co-workers.

3. Professional Career Development Opportunities

Career development opportunities are essential for maximising employee engagement.

This is especially true for millennial workers (1981-2001) who are expected to form 50% of the global workforce by 2020. A  recent report  of 400,000 employees shows that millennials rated ‘professional growth and career development’ as the number one driver of engagement and retention.  

Offering internal ‘on-the-job’ training opportunities to learn new skills and progress within the company are as important as helping staff acquire recognised formal qualifications. As well as enabling employees to perform to the best of their ability, offering regular development openings shows your readiness to invest in employees, helping them feel valued.  

4. Adopt Social Learning Channels

Advances in technology have changed the way we communicate socially, and at work. Forward-thinking companies are increasingly using Social Learning to improve staffs’ skill sets, encourage collaboration and simply get people talking.

Designed to complement formal learning paths, social learning encourages employees to share useful work-related snippets of information and knowledge via social channels, such as, blogs, podcasts, video chats and group discussion boards.

Giving employees monitored access to social applications is a fantastic way to spark discussion and encourage knowledge sharing.

Similarly, getting teams together to exchange information about diverse ways of working or watch an e-learning programme every month will help employees pick up tips and get to know co-workers. Building a sense of belonging and community at work helps foster closer relationships and a happier, more engaged workforce.

Improve Employee Engagement with TTi Global’s Adaptive Learning Solutions

When employees are engaged and enthusiastic about their job, it shows.

Investing in building your employees’ strengths with adaptive learning and development programmes can have a significant impact on how your workforce feel about, and represent, your business.

TTi Global in Berkshire has over 30 years’ experience in delivering dynamic tools and learning solutions for companies all over the world, helping them improve employee engagement and better business results.

We design, develop and implement a vast range of innovative learning systems across all business functions, from customer service to corporate management, driving real, measurable change.

Our learning products and tools solutions include:

  • Bespoke training and learning programmes

  • E-learning, Instructor Led (ILT), Virtual Classroom (VLT) and Mobile Training

  • Complete Learning Management Systems (LMS)

  • Learning Technologies Consulting and Support

To find out more call TTi Global’s Learning and Development experts on +44 (0)1753 214000 or  send us your questions here.