Most of the organizations complain about low registrations and high dropout rates among their employees for their eLearning courses. That motivated me to find out why employees are not enthusiastic about online training. Here I pulled out some intriguing information regarding this type of training.
Some of the findings which I would like to share with you are:
1. Employees feel that they have inadequate knowledge:
Many employees feel that the training programs are implemented by the company because they are not doing their job well enough. They also feel that what they have been doing all these years is useless and there is an urgent need to change their working style. This perception makes the employees less responsive to training programs.
2. Employees feel the instructional presentation is not engaging:
According to Keller (creator of ARCS model of Motivational design) online learners tend to drop out when they perceive that the online learning environment and instructional presentations are not attractive. This means the courses which are not instructionally sound and which are filled with much text, without any interactivities, are responsible for the high dropout rates.
3. Employees feel training is intruding on their personal time:
Managers do not want their employees to spend their working hours in training sessions. As the result employees are required to attend it on weekends or during their free time. This makes their employees feel that their personal or leisure time is being poked. This sort of feeling demotivates the workers and prevents them from attending the training sessions.
4. Employees come to training with closed mind:
Employees take the training course expecting it to be boring with routine presentations. This is because previous experience with such sessions makes them think in that manner. This sort of expectation even before the start of training session proves to be a major drawback to training efforts.
5. Employees feel that training is irrelevant to them:
If the content is not relevant to the employees current job role or at least will not be relevant for quite some time, there is a possibility that employees will resist the training process. Employees feel that they are wasting their time.
These are some common reasons why the employees are not enthusiastic about the online training programs. If you like to add more; please do share.
In my next blog I’ll come up with some interesting solutions that can make the employees feel that online training courses are no more boring.