Humans learn better when they see something rather than read or listen. This is because visuals create an impact, leading to better learning. This is precisely the reason videos are increasingly used for instruction, whether classroom training or online learning.
Videos and e-learning are a star pairing. Since online learning is self-paced, learners understand better when they are taught through videos. And apart from the visual impact these videos have, they also make the course interesting. Imagine how much better it is to watch a video on a subject rather than read about it. Instructional designers try and use videos in their courses to make a better learning impact. And if results are anything to go by, research suggests that videos are processed much faster by humans than text. Videos are a versatile tool used for a number of learning needs, especially in the manufacturing industry.
Product training becomes engaging when employees are shown videos of how a product or service works. This is especially useful for companies manufacturing complex products. Scenario-based videos are effective for sales training because they can effectively teach negotiation and interpersonal skills.
Process training is an integral part of the manufacturing industry and videos are ideal to demonstrate step-by-step instructions that are useful for teaching the operation of a tool, product, or procedures. These how-to-videos pertaining to manufacturing are a better alternative to reading bulky manuals because they provide visual stimulants and cues that are easy to remember.
For the employer, these process videos reduce the time and resources spent on teaching employees how to carry out a process while decreasing the learning curve. Let us see how videos can be effective.
Capture and Review Production Process
Documenting a complete production process is a tough task. It can mean lengthy instruction manuals that are liable to go out of date every time a new step is introduced, or the process is altered. A better option is to record how-to videos of the production process while the process is actually on and upload them on a central video library that can be accessed by anyone in the organization. Moreover, updating these videos is easier and quicker whenever there is a change in the process.
Retention of Knowledge
One crisis manufacturing organizations have to deal with is the loss of knowledge and subject matter expertise when older or employees with years of experience leave the organization. These employees have the knowledge on how certain processes work, tips for on-site repairs or quick fixes for equipment failure, information that has been accumulated with years of experience.
It is imperative to capture this information when organizations need that competitive edge or need to train the employees who need the subject matter. Once again, videos come to the rescue. Processes and bits of advice recorded on videos can be accessed whenever required.
Operation of Complex Machinery
Some manufacturing organizations use highly complex machinery for their production processes. In such cases, how-to videos will be effective to teach employees the precise skills to operate these machines. Animated videos that demonstrate the step-by-step process and explain the working of various parts will help employees operate machines efficiently.
Adhering to Safety Standards
These companies use a variety of machines and materials and safety training on how to handle them is important. The law requires that employees be trained on safety. Videos on preventing mishaps at the workplace, usage of personal protective equipment, and handling risky operations can deliver good safety training to employees.
As processes become more complex, machines more intricate, and roles more complicated, intensive training has assumed importance. Training can no longer be confined to asking employees to read a manual or attend classroom sessions. It has to be continuous and exhaustive. Employees will need access to a library of training instructions and information can best be provided through a repository of videos on these topics that can be accessed whenever required. This will go a long way in helping manufacturing organizations maintain their focus on process efficiencies.