I was reading an article titled, Trends in Organizational Change by Joo-Seng Tan that lists 5 emerging trends that are impacting the way organizations do business. The article lists them as:
- Globalization, with organizations expanding across multiple regions
- Diversity in terms of having a workforce
- Flexibility in terms of adapting to new challenges and developments
- Flat organizations with less hierarchy leading to quick decision making
- Networks in the context of increasing interdependency among organizations
True, these developments have really changed the way organizations function and training has not escaped the changes. In this blog, I would like to talk about the first three trends and how they have influenced organizations’ training strategies.
Globalization leading to eLearning adoption
Increasingly, organizations are expanding beyond their traditional markets, so much so, more people are working outside the country where their headquarters is present. Their products are sold all over the globe, and they have people taking care of these sales. In order to ensure that the company’s vision and best practices are adhered to across its various subsidiaries and regional entities, they have to train their workforce. It is not always cost-effective to have face to face training programs.
Therefore, organizations have increasingly turned to online training options such as webinars, virtual meetings and eLearning courses. E-learning is certainly the most effective option, as training can be tracked, verified and assessed ensuring greater accountability when managing a large group.
Diversity ensuring translation of online courses
With the increasing mobility of workforces across different locations, organizations have become more diverse. It is common to have a team that consists of individuals from multiple nations. This also poses unique challenges in terms of managing cultural and language sensibilities within the organization. Therefore, courses such as harassment prevention, cultural training, best practices at workplace, and so on are increasingly being administered. What better way to do it, than using the online format to ensure wider reach?
Also, organizations who conduct training programs in English have realized the importance of getting the courses translated into multiple languages to ensure more effective comprehension by workforces who may not be comfortable in foreign languages. French, Mandarin and Spanish are some of the languages into which English courses are widely translated.
Flexibility resulting in multi-device and mobile learning strategies
Organizations need to constantly re-invent themselves and keep up to date with the developments in the market. With the increasing adoption of mobile devices, organizations are looking at using them for training and knowledge sharing purposes as well. This is also in keeping with the expectations and demands of learners belonging to the younger generation, who are said to be more tech-savvy and prefer information in bite-sized modules to be made available anytime and anywhere.
How do you think these trends have impacted training in your organization? Do share your experiences. Meanwhile, if you would like to learn more about the article that I was referring to in the beginning of this article, you can check it out here.