An ancient proverb states that men resemble their times more than they do their fathers. The age-old belief that social change is rooted in value shifts from one generation to another has become something of a cliché over time.
With a mix of four generations in today’s workplace, generational differences at work have become a hot topic. Although generational diversity brings a variety of perspectives to the workplace, organisations must also try to understand each generation, their needs, their values and their attitudes to capitalise on their strengths.
The digital natives of post-millennial-generation or Gen Z observe the world through their smartphones, and many became highly attuned to the nuances of identity at an early age. According to an article by Time Magazine, workplaces are just beginning to feel the influence of Gen Z. Early observations suggest that these young people may opt for headphones at work, collaborating and socialising in chat rooms, rather than in the open spaces set up by millennials.
To cater to learning needs of post-millennials, organisations and decision makers should consider adapting following practices to their learning and development strategies:
Provide Self-Paced Online Training Programs
Completely online and self-directed, these courses put you in charge of your own learning — perfect if you can’t in-person sessions or live webinars.
Incorporate Entertaining and Engaging content (E.g. – Gamification)
Let’s face it – boring eLearning and training isn’t going to help engage anyone. Gamification and adding other entertaining content are one way to add new and exciting aspects to your learning programs.
Engage Learners with Scenario-Based Training
Scenario-based eLearning combines the relevance of stories with the realism of hands-on training in a virtual environment. Several surveys and studies in the past two decades have shown that Scenario-Based Training leads to increased motivation and confidence amongst trainees.
However, Scenario-Based Training is most effective when used in cases based on actual, rather than hypothetical scenarios. These learning experiences become more valuable for the learners as they not only get to experience the situation first-hand but are required to solve and develop the needed skills in the process.
Ask for Feedback, Evaluate and Improve
The only way to know how effective and enjoyable your eLearning programs are by engaging in robust evaluation.
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