When it comes to modern day training—it’s all about productivity. Which means that all-day education sessions for teams isn’t an easy option any more. And with more and more employees working remotely—bringing everyone together can be a difficult and expensive task. Not to mention—each employee doesn’t have the same needs when it comes to training.
That’s where chunking can come in handy. Chunk learning is the process of breaking up large sets of information into smaller segments. By chunking your training, you allow learners to quickly access the information they need, while avoiding less relevant information. Chunked learning has caught fire lately, backed by scientific research, employee preference and obvious corporate benefits.
5 Reasons to Give Employees Only What They Need
1. It makes learning more manageable
A recent Harris Poll reported that nearly one in three U.S. workers say they aren’t proficient with the technology tools they need at work. What’s more—only one in 10 American workers say they have mastered these tools. Chunking pertinent training into shorter, 60-90 minute sessions enables employees to learn little by little, allowing content to sink in. Think demos, lunch and learns and quick reference guides.
2. It helps the information “stick”
According to the Journal of Applied Psychology, learning in bite-sized pieces makes the transfer of learning from the classroom to the desk 17% more efficient. So—your employees are gone for a shorter period of time AND they learn more. I’d say that’s a win-win.
3. It’s more cost efficient
Cost wise, chunk learning can prove to be a much cheaper option—not to mention a time saver. Rather than trying to budget for multi-day trainings where employees are learning way more than they need—you can break it down into shorter sessions that are customized on an individual/team basis.
4. It improves comprehension
According to George Miller’s Information Process Theory, a learner’s attention span and short-term memory is limited to processing information in chunks. That’s why supporters of this theory suggest splitting up content into small, digestible sections, rather than dumping never-ending chains of text. This technique makes learning more manageable and easier to integrate into long-term memory. Once it’s in long-term memory learners can remember it and transfer the knowledge to their daily tasks.
5. It allows you to prioritize
Today’s learners are swimming in the sea of information. Chunk learning is about getting maximum benefits through minimal input. That’s why at CTG we develop short yet relevant chunks of information based on the exact needs of each learner. So they learn exactly what they need and nothing they don’t.
For businesses, the obvious answer is to invest about as much teaching workers how to use technology as they spend in acquiring this new technology. Technologies update quickly, and ongoing trainings that cover new features or go more in-depth on specific aspects of the tools will ensure employees remain current and productive.
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