The Power of Microlearning: Drastically Boost Your Employee Productivity

Written by
Lizzie Davie
Apr 27, 2016

Increasing employee productivity is probably high on your to-do list. A productive workforce is a happy workforce who are more willing and able to reach personal and company goals.

Microlearning– or bite-sized training materials - might just be the easy answer to this problem. Made up of short lessons that are delivered in bite-sized chunks and in a variety of multi-media formats, Microlearning gives employees the chance to collect important information and absorb it quickly.

For those who are pushed for time, it’s the ideal learning solution, as it encourages self-paced learning and avoids the dreaded overwhelm – and, as a result, lack of productivity.

Microlearning was made for on-the-go learning, where smaller lessons lead to a more engaged workforce because of the focused nature of it and the idea that employees can work towards company goals in a matter of minutes.

In an age where everything seems to be a click of a button away, Microlearning plays perfectly into the fast-paced nature of the online world and the idea that our attention span is waning by the day.

Why You Should Use Microlearning Techniques

Putting Microlearning techniques into practice in your trainings gives your employees the chance to learn in their own style and at their own pace, which serves to boost productivity.

But this isn’t the only important reason.

You’ll see immediate results

Lengthy, drawn-out trainings that last for weeks and cover hundreds of topics aren’t going to produce quick results. In fact, it usually equates to the opposite, particularly if employees are faced with an overwhelming amount of information.

When you employ certain Microlearning techniques (which we’ll discuss in a minute), you’ll be able to see results happen almost immediately. Why? Because each lesson is laser-focused on a particular topic, and there are only one or two key takeaways from each session which can be applied straight away.

You can keep on top of trends

The working world is constantly changing, and to keep on top of it, you need to adapt your training in order to keep employees on the cusp of technological advancements and systematic changes in the workplace.

With Microlearning, you can easily add in modules and lessons to correlate with new software and new systems so your employees are always at the top of their game. Let’s face it – it’s much easier to add content and new information to shorter lessons than a lengthy training.

Your employees can come back for more

Not everyone learns in the same way, which is why Microlearning is so beneficial for increasing productivity levels.

The short-form nature of the lessons and the ability to learn at their own pace means employees can revisit certain topics and run through past lessons for a refresher whenever they want.

Your employees can take multiple lessons

It’s human nature that sometimes we’re in the mood to learn and sometimes we’re not. The beauty of Microlearning is employees can take as many lessons as they like at any one time.

If an employee is on a roll with the learning process, they can carry on or, if they’re feeling overwhelmed, they can stop, take a break, and come back when they’re ready.

This also means employees can fit training around their busy lives, taking a lesson on the bus, or carrying out homework during their coffee break. The on-demand nature of (Quote) Microlearning encourages employees to learn when they’re feeling inspired and motivated which leads to increased productivity.

How to Boost Employee Productivity With Short-Form Lessons

There’s an art to creating a good short-form lesson, but once you get the formula right, you can expect to see a huge increase in your employees’ productivity levels, as well as a renewed sense of working towards company goals.

1. Mix Things Up

As we mentioned earlier, different people learn in different ways, so by mixing up the type of content you include in your lessons, you are ensuring all different learning styles are covered.

Keeping your employees engaged and interested is the first step in boosting their productivity through training. Creating a multi-media, interactive experience makes learning fun, and the information is more likely to be absorbed.

You can try mixing in:

  • Videos, for an interactive, visual learning experience (according to Marketing Pilgrim, more than 70% of millenials visit YouTube every day, with the sweet spot resting at around 5 minutes per video)
  • Presentations, to demonstrate complicated topics in a visual, easy-to-digest way
  • Podcasts, which employees can listen to while they’re driving or walking to work
  • Quizzes, which can a) encourage your employees to practice the material they’ve learned, and b) help you get to know your employees better
  • Games, to make the learning process more enjoyable, while helping information to stick in the long-term memory

Try experimenting with a number of these media to see which works best for your employees. Keep training interesting by employing two or more of these learning methods, and encourage employee feedback.

2. Focus On a Small Number of Takeaways

One of the key markers of Microlearning is the reduced number of takeaways. This means employees don’t get overwhelmed with the amount of information they have to take in, and they can start implementing what they’ve learned straight away.

Keep each lesson to one topic or one aspect of your business for the best results, and focus all the content around it. At the end, re-iterate the takeaways (no more than 3), so employees know exactly what information they should be leaving with.

3. Make Lessons Interactive

Interactivity plays a huge part in information retention, so making your training lessons interactive with multimedia elements and social aspects can really help employees learn faster and deeper.

Try adding in forums where employees can ask and answer questions, and encourage them to interact with the material by asking questions, setting tasks, and providing feedback.

4. Attach Notes and Files to Lessons

Microlearning allows for multiple modules covering various different topics, where each module works as a standalone training in its own right.

Make sure employees fully understand a concept or lesson by adding in notes and files to lessons. This provides a rounded view of a topic, and encourages them to dig deeper into the material.

The Power of Short-Form Lessons on Productivity

Microlearning was made to increase productivity levels. It encourages employees to learn at their own pace, in a way that works for them, and allows you to keep training materials fresh and exciting.

Boost productivity in your employees by:

  • Mixing up your lesson content with different media
  • Focusing on a select number of takeaways in each lesson
  • Making lessons interactive
  • Including extra materials in each lesson so the topic is fully covered in a variety of ways

The power of short-form lessons lies in the ability for employees to work towards their personal and company goals in a focused way in their own time. By helping them do this, you’re increasing their personal productivity levels, as well as the overall productivity of your workforce.

With an online platform like Mapout, it’s easy to search and review lesson material quickly to decide what areas are most important and to cover tricky topics where the content might need a few tries before it sinks in.

Create your training today and see how quickly your employee productivity levels increase.

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