7 best training delivery methods that will surely improve employee productivity

In one of my blog posts I had mentioned that Human Experience Management is the new trend in Human Resources Experience and HR in association with management or business owner has to incorporate multiple methods to improve the employee experience. Of these multiple factors, training and development plays a vital role not only in educating employees on the top priorities of a company but also to improve their various competencies and behaviors which ultimately increase employee productivity.

But the question in many HR’s minds always revolves around which training method to use which is easy, fast, and most productive.

In this post, I’ll explain why choosing a training method is important, and explore the best types of training methods for employees based on the material being taught.

Why choose a training method?

Training delivery methods can be complicated to select, as their number of factors including budget, workforce size and composition, location, schedule, and goals.

Besides these factors, every trainee has got a learning style. Namely, these styles are three in numbers, One can use one, two, or all three styles while learning a thing.

Have you ever just watched anything and learned from it? It could be as easy as birds watching and learning their flying patterns. So when you learn by seeing or watching it is the visual style of learning.

Have you ever just heard or listened to something and learned something? You might be doing so while learning from a podcast, this is the auditory style of learning.

And last is where to act or do something and learn. It might be as simple as dancing or riding a cycle. This kind is called the kinesthetic style of learning.

Things to ponder? Have you ever fallen into a situation where you utilized all three styles of learning?

Based on these learning styles, it’s important to keep in mind that everyone learns differently.

Hence, keeping in mind the dynamism of learning approaches and fast-changing technology and its advancement, there are different training methods that can be broadly categorized into traditional and modern methods of training.

1. ILT Instructor-led Training


A traditional form of training is instructor-led, or classroom training, which is best used to create an overall understanding of the training topic. Learning Industry Inc. research indicates that ILT is the training modality most preferred by learners, with 55% of them stating they prefer it.

Learning with ILT is most effective when you want to provide a large group of learners with a relatively small amount of information in a short period, with the only value-add being the instructor’s credibility and skills. Interactivity is another key advantage of ILT, as learners can ask questions and receive responses instantly. Organizations with dedicated training facilities and when employee interaction is critical to learning can benefit from ILT.

2. Virtual Classrooms


Despite the popularity of instructor-led training (ILT), advances in technology have propelled the use of virtual classrooms and virtual instructor-led training (VILT). A virtual classroom allows organizations to deliver training in the form of text, video, and documents in real-time. Learners can attend training sessions from wherever they are located, saving organizations valuable time and money on logistics and venues. A good virtual trainer can offer a human touch, as well.

If an organization needs to train a large group but does not have a dedicated venue, or if the learners (and instructors) are physically separated, VILT is most effective. Furthermore, it is only effective if the organization provides good technical support for trainers and learners.

3. E-Learning


One of the most popular forms of training delivery today is e-learning. By 2025, the global e-learning market is expected to reach over $300 billion in value, and 77% of U.S.-based organizations use e-learning. These programs include a mix of text, audio, and video; discussion forums; and/or interactive assessments.

The use of e-learning is a good option for organizations that want to provide flexible learning options in a short period of time, using interactive, engaging training programs such as games, videos, HTML, quizzes, and other content. E-learning is also effective for organizations that require learners to perform high-risk tasks in a simulated environment.

4. Mobile Learning


In the Towards Maturity study, 64% of learners say using a mobile device to access training is “essential/very useful,” and 89% of smartphone users download apps for learning or productivity.

As a relatively new method of delivering training, mobile learning has become increasingly popular among leading organizations. It can deliver training anytime, anywhere, on any device, and in the form of microlearning, short how-to videos, social learning, and other engaging formats. Mobile learning is best suited to the needs of the workforce on the go or in the field but is also popular in offices. In industries, such as oil and mining, work is done at sites without internet access, so an offline mobile learning app or platform is a better option.

5. Blended Learning


Organizations can leverage a variety of approaches with blended learning, ensuring that every learner retains information. For organizations with diverse training requirements and complex learning objectives, a blended learning approach is ideal.

6. Simulation employee training


Most simulation training is conducted using a computer, augmented reality, or virtual reality device. Although simulation training can be costly at first, it is often a necessary option for employees in riskier or high-risk fields. Pilots and doctors often use simulation training, but it can be useful for other employees as well.

Additionally, this type of training is highly effective and reliable, allowing employees to progress steadily and at their own pace.

7. Hands-on training


The term “hands-on training” refers to experiential training that is tailored to the individual needs of the employee. It is conducted within the workplace. Employees who receive hands-on training can be better equipped to fill their upcoming or current roles while enhancing their current skills

A benefit of hands-on training is that it can be applied immediately to the employee’s job. Additionally, they can be used to train business personnel on new equipment and procedures.

Employee training using this method takes a lot of time, but when enough resources are available to support employees during the program, it is the best method to use.

With the advancement of technology, training delivery methods have evolved over the past decade. While the corporate training market is flooded with training delivery options, the best approach for L&D professionals is to find the right training delivery method that fits their needs. Follow these tips to make the right choice!

8 thoughts on “7 best training delivery methods that will surely improve employee productivity”

  1. Training delivery method plays a very important role to increase the efficiency of employees and I must say that you have done a great job in explaining things in such a easy way.

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