Developing the supervisory skills of your employees have traditionally been performed in classroom settings with instruction from managers or dedicated instructors. This method of training is effective. However, with the arrival of digital content and elearning software, businesses are developing elearning training programs and combining them with traditional classroom methods to instruct their employees. This type of educational methodology is call “blended learning” and has become a very common teaching method in large businesses.
As blended learning has become more prevalent, it has become more cost effective for medium and small businesses to get on board with this highly effective method of improving the skills of your supervisors. Implementing blended learning can improve the supervisory skills of those that you place in key positions.
The Genesis of Blended Learning
Developed in response to an alternative to instructor-led training, technology-based training came about with the arrival of computers. In the 1960’s, it was developed to the advantage of scale. With technology, instructors are not bound to a classroom, nor are their students. Further applied to college settings and in train-the-trainer programs, blended training takes the best of traditional classroom training and melds it with technology to make it available to your employees anytime, anywhere. This gives them the advantage of learning at their own pace and of having anytime anywhere access to the learning material.
Improving Supervisory Skills – More Quickly
Immediate access of information is an advantage for anyone. Knowledge is power and information gives you knowledge. Employees who are put into leadership positions need all the tools needed to succeed. The faster an individual can get hands on this information, the faster they can apply it. Truly blended learning requires that training materials for the classroom and virtual medium be melded together. In doing so, you are giving your trainees the best of both worlds.
Shyness on the part of an employee in a classroom setting may evaporate in a virtual setting, where they can voice their opinions in the comfort of cyberspace and interact more openly with their peers. You will also get more interaction due to the attraction, by today’s employees, of virtual medium, sent to them over their Smartphones, tablets and computers. They are comfortable with it and due to this comfort is more likely to absorb what you put it before them.
Benefits of Blended Learning for Employee Training
There are many benefits of using blended learning to improve supervisory skills but two stand out clearly. Flexibility and cost savings!
Cost Savings: Bridgestone estimates that they saved over $100,000 on travel expenses in 2010 due to the use of blended learning when training their employees and has saved money year after year since its implementation. By combining elearning with traditional classroom training, they have been able to effectually deliver Six Sigma training.
Flexibility: Offering the flexibility of how, when and where to train, blended learning can help save money on travel expenses. It also gives you various mediums of training delivery to deploy training throughout your organization. This hybrid form of education allows your business to train employees as a group, individually, or paired with mentoring or coaching.
The use of electronic delivery of training material to supervisors gives them access to the material any time they want. This encourages them to absorb the material at a higher level than other forms of teaching.
Get on board with Blended Learning
Whether your organization has a dozen employees or several thousand, blended learning works as well in smaller and medium sized businesses as it does in large one’s. Implementing blended learning techniques within your organization can save you time, money, and frustration for your employees and will lead to a higher level of satisfaction, and save you time and money.