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Blending Corporate Training Smoothly

Article by Guest Blog Contributor Heather Johnson.

Corporate training is necessary for a variety of reasons, from focusing on a company’s critical needs to empowering employees to take control of their responsibilities and help improve business performance. Each organization follows its own methods to impart this training, both to new hires and existing personnel according to the needs of the company. E-learning programs, once considered the outcast in the training world, has gained in popularity for more reasons than one:

  • The software and resources needed are cost effective.
  • They can be designed and tailor-made to suit the needs of your organization.
  • They can be altered and changed as the nature of jobs and responsibilities morph to adapt to changing expectations and policies.
  • They can be implemented rapidly.
  • These programs are standardized, which means employees across the board are provided with the same instructions in the same form of delivery. Your company is thus more cohesive as a unit.
  • They allow trainers to cut back on travel costs and time.
  • With the Internet and the Intranet offering the advantage of connectivity anywhere and everywhere, employees can train on the job or at home at their leisure.
  • E-learning development can be outsourced leaving your staff free to handle other responsibilities.

In spite of all these advantages that e-learning offers, organizations have moved on to a newer form of training, one which blends traditional and e-learning methods and takes the best of both to impart training to corporate circles. In other words, it’s old wine in a new bottle. Blended training came into its own when people started realizing that one size does not fit all and that each company’s needs are different.

Blended training sought to maximize returns on training programs from the organization’s point of view – it followed the principle that training programs exist not to educate employees and make them experts in their jobs but to help improve their performance in such a way that the business is profitable and that the organization’s goals are met.

With more emphasis on increased performance and maximum returns at the lowest cost, organizations are turning to a mixture of media and tools to impart training. Depending on their size and turnover, they adopt a blend of electronic and human training methods – the electronic aspect ensures that there is an element of standardization while the human aspect ensures that the process is accountable and the returns measurable. Formal classes, PowerPoint presentations, seminars on the web, manuals and discs with study material, books, meetings, conferences, hands-on experiences and simulations are all adopted in varying degrees by organizations, all of whom are striving to find the optimal combination that provides the best impact.


Guest Blog Contributor By-line:

This article is contributed by Heather Johnson, who regularly writes on California teacher certification. She invites your questions and writing job opportunities at her personal email address: heatherjohnson2323 at gmail dot com.

8 Comments:

  • while blended training as an approach is something which could bring out the best from the two approaches to training, organizations are yet to start building curricula picking the best of both ... rather, they are still seen as stand-along entities, rather than being integrated. why would this be?

    By Blogger Atul, at 1:21 AM EDT  

  • I think that a blended approach means different things to different people - perhaps part of the problem.

    I gathered the views of a number of people on a recent post on my blog that your readers may find interesting:

    http://learn2develop.blogspot.com/2008/04/blended-learningwhat-is-itreally.html

    Chris
    http://learn2develop.blogspot.com

    By Blogger Chris Morgan, at 8:56 AM EDT  

  • It is difficult for training officers and teachers to be honest about objectives, programs and results. Truth is, trainers and training, like employees and all learners, are normally distributed. In ANY organization there will always be the 80/20 rule in effect. The challenge is not so much the media and methods as the objectives and metrics. It may be possible to create an EMPLOYEE managed career and leadership development solution that allows management to identify the 80/20, track employee initiative and self-development and compare to metrics with a realtime Executive Dashboard. And to provide Employee and Management with targeted development packages (accredited and certificate, at the graduate, undergraduate and industry levels). John P. Cragin, Ph.D. www.vlcglobal.com

    By Anonymous john p cragin, Ph.D., at 10:10 AM EDT  

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    By Blogger Ethan, at 2:41 AM EDT  

  • thanks for article

    By Anonymous e-ticaret, at 10:52 AM EST  

  • What you’ve stated is very correct regarding corporate training. Training would definitely help the work force to improve their productivity. Nice post, looks quiet impressive.

    By Blogger jhony, at 3:47 AM EDT  

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    By Anonymous Online Training, at 2:49 PM EDT  

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    By Blogger Dreatori Alexis, at 1:56 AM EDT  

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