5 Reasons Why Your Training Strategy Should Be Mobile
With the proliferation of enterprise apps, new forms of training are emerging. Now, all companies need to do is create a mobile training app that can be used by all new employees in order to learn the job in their own time.
Not only are mobile training apps more cost-effective ways of training new employees, but they also great ways of encouraging users to expand their knowledge and skills.
From compliance and health and safety to employee induction and self-assessment, the possibilities of training apps are immense.
Benefits of mobile training apps
1. Greater flexibility
Possibly the most significant benefit of mobile training apps is the ability they give to employees to complete their training whenever is most convenient.
This can allow them to continue training during ‘pockets’ of free time on commutes or at home, increasing their chances of engagement with training materials.
Apps can also incorporate inline help for users to self-assist if they encounter any problems, reducing the need for employees to wait for colleagues to assist them and allowing them to learn independently.
2. Higher engagement
Another benefit of mobile training apps is the ability to include interactive content, leading to higher engagement and faster learning.
Rather than a simple PowerPoint or PDF, mobile apps can incorporate videos, podcasts, embedded documents, interactive graphs, charts and infographics. This can help make information much more visually stimulating, aiding learning.
Other features include exam and quiz functions that allow employees to test themselves.
By incorporating gamification features such as points and badges, as well as dynamic results screens with charts tracking user performance, employees can set their own standards and aim to perform better and better.
This also has the added benefit of making learning into a more fun experience, making it more likely that users will engage further and in their own time.
3. Data collection
Quiz and exam functions also have the benefit of offering employers rich data for analysis.
This can be usage tracking data, looking at how the app is performing in fulfillling training expectations. Or it can be performance tracking data, following how quickly new employees are catching up with their learning. Insights can also be gained into the existing knowledge of current employees.
Data can also be used by employees themselves to track their own progress, enabling them to manage their training further and set their own goals.
4. Cut costs
Many companies are put off adopting enterprise apps because of the perceived high costs of developing and deploying apps within their company.
Although these costs can be considerable, companies need also take into account the costs that they will be cutting as a result of introducing enterprise apps.
By creating an app that can be used by a multitude of employees and making learning a self-assessment process, companies can cut costs in the form of training resources and staff time.
New employees can also save precious work time by training during commutes or other pockets of free time.
And by making learning more engaging, employees can learn a lot faster and have more time available to do other tasks. All this saved time directly results in cut costs.
5. Increased employee initiative
Finally, mobile training apps can greatly increase employee interest in learning and expanding their knowledge. Employees will have the knowledge they require at their reach, and it will be up to them to use it as much as possible in order to improve their learning.
This can have huge effects on the role employees perceive themselves performing within a company, encouraging them to become knowledge leaders in their field in order to perform better and increase the value of their work.
The result is a workforce that is willing to take the initiative and bring their own knowledge and ideas to the table in order to improve workflows and encourage cross-learning and collaboration.
Training apps are the perfect solution for companies wishing to make training more interactive and engaging, while cutting costs.
These apps can empower new employees by enabling them to complete training in their own time and to expand their knowledge as much as they desire.
At the same time, they provide employers with rich data, so that they are always aware of where their employees’ knowledge stands and how it can be further improved.
As we move towards an increasingly mobilized world, mobile training apps are on the road to becoming the norm. Now is the time for companies to begin creating training strategies that are mobile-first.