I couldn’t go past sharing this video of Jimmy Rees. It gave me a chuckle and I know it will make you giggle as well as we can all relate to the online learning and development training.
In my experience there are several reasons why your L&D platforms aren’t being used or why people roll their eyes when they are told that there will be a workshop or program available for professional development. In this blog post, I will explore common reasons why teams might be hesitant to embrace online learning and discuss how implementing the 70/20/10 development approach can inspire active engagement.
The Hurdles: Why Teams Aren’t Using the Online Learning Platform
1. Lack of Awareness
- Some team members may not be aware of the existence or value of the online learning platform.
2. Time Constraints
- Busy schedules and competing priorities can make it challenging for team members to allocate time for online learning.
3. Lack of Career Clarity
- They might not have career goals or be 100% sure on what they are which makes the learning irrelevant to them.
4. Perceived Lack of Relevance
- Team members may already have career clarity and perceive the content on the platform as unrelated to their current roles or immediate goals.
5. Technological Barriers
- Issues with technology, unfamiliarity with the platform interface, or concerns about digital literacy may hinder adoption
The Solution: Embracing the 70/20/10 Development Approach
As a leader make it your priority to ensure your team are working on building their skills using an approach that keeps them engaged!
The 70/20/10 development approach, popularised by the Center for Creative Leadership, emphasises learning through a combination of on-the-job experiences (70%), social interactions and collaborations (20%), and formal educational activities (10%). Here’s how you can apply this approach to encourage your team to embrace online learning:
1. Increase Awareness: The 10% Formal Learning Component
- Launch awareness campaigns highlighting the value and relevance of the online learning platform.
- Schedule dedicated time for team members to explore the platform, emphasizing its role in their professional development.
2. Facilitate Social Learning: The 20% Social Interaction Component
- Foster a culture of knowledge-sharing within the team.
- Create forums, discussion groups, or mentorship programs where team members can share insights gained from online learning.
3. Integrate Learning into Work: The 70% On-the-Job Component
- Encourage team members to apply what they learn in real-time.
- Connect online learning content to current projects or tasks, making it immediately applicable.
Tips for Successful Implementation
1. Offer Flexible Learning Paths
- Allow team members to choose courses that align with their goals and interests.
- Provide a variety of content formats to accommodate different learning preferences.
2. Recognise and Celebrate Learning Achievements
- Establish a system for acknowledging milestones and accomplishments on a regular basis.
- Share success stories within the team to inspire others.
3. Provide Ongoing Support
- Offer training sessions or tutorials to address technological barriers.
- Assign mentors or create peer support networks to assist team members in navigating the platform.
4. Seek Feedback and Iterate
- Regularly gather feedback on the online learning experience.
- Use insights to refine content, address concerns, and enhance user experience.
Reward Continuous Growth
By addressing barriers and implementing the 70/20/10 development approach, you can transform the online learning platform from an overlooked resource into an engaging tool for continuous growth. Embrace a culture of learning that seamlessly integrates with daily work, fostering collaboration, relevance, and innovation within your team. As you unlock the potential of online learning, you’ll pave the way for a more agile and empowered workforce.
If you would like to lean more about the 70/20/10 learning approach download our guide below. Alternatively contact us to find out more about our leadership development programs and workshops for teams.