As you please: five benefits of flexible mobile working
Within the next five years, it is expected that 50% of the modern workforce will be made up of Millennials and Gen Z. For early adopters of technology, and younger workers who have grown up in a world of social media and smart phones,adaptable, personalised, and flexible access is vital to learning and development. However, mobile learning doesn’t just have generation-specific benefits.
Regardless of the age and digital literacy of your workforce, mobile learning enables anywhere, anytime access to your corporate learning. While it is rare for organisations to convert to a mobile-only learning programme, there are a huge number of benefits to blended learning and integrating mobile into your ongoing corporate learning strategy.
The importance of flexibility in corporate learning
Flexibility benefits everyone in your organisation.L&D departments can spend less time micromanaging the learning process of your employees while those employees are empowered to direct their own development. We’ve seen course completion rates increase, information retention improves, and healthy workplace learning cultures develop for our customers who invest in mobile learning. Ultimately, this flexibility serves to increase ROI.
Flexibility is key to your workforce’s training success. For example, allowing your employees to access their compliance training on-the-go or from remote locations not only improves turnaround times, it also saves your organisation time and money on organising classroom-based training.
Microlearning and mobile flexibility
Microlearning is a vital development in the eLearning industry. Breaking down content into bite sized chunks is the perfect answer to the needs of mobile learning flexibility. It allows your workforce to dip in and out of training as it suits them, rather than having to set-aside set hours on certain days in a specific location.
Primary Benefits of Mobile Learning
1. Remote and field-based working
Remote working is becoming more frequent in workplaces across a wide variety of industries. Whether you have employees working from home, internationally from your HQ, or based in a non-office environment such as a shop floor or warehouse, mobile learning allows for additional flexibility wherever your staff are based.
Mobile learning is also ideal for employees who may spend a lot of time travelling or on the road. They can use their time on regular train journeys into major cities for conferences, meetings, and events to complete required courses such as compliance training.For field-based workers, like engineers, mobile learning is the perfect way to fit in training with a working schedule that means they’re often on the move and rarely based in one location.
2. Promote a positive workplace learning culture
Your corporate learning strategy can also benefit from mobile learning when looking to improve your workplace culture towards L&D. Encouraging mobile learning can spur on your employees to manage their own development as it puts the power at their fingertips.
The tendency for mobile learning courses to take the form of microlearning also allows your employees to pick up and drop off their training in a way that suits them. The sense of achievement that comes from ticking off a greater number of tasks naturally motivates learners to continue working on their development. Having a sense of control over their L&D is also great for millennial and Gen Z learners who are used to both instant gratification and access to information anytime, anywhere.
3. Mobile-first UX
Chances are,the majority of your workforce will already use mobile devices as a regular part of their day-to-day lives. Using an LMS with mobile-led UX design will encourage a natural fluidity from their everyday into their working lives.This allows for a clearer learning experience.We follow the lead of apps that the majority of your employees will already be familiar with. For example, keeping profile, notification, and setting access in the right-hand corner, as is often seen on social media websites and apps such as Netflix and Facebook.
The little things make a big difference to your employees’ learning experience and implementing an LMS that is mobile-led or mobile-friendly is a great way to encourage flexible learning across your organisation.
4. Blended learning remove physical limitations
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) learning is becoming more popular in larger organisations as it allows another level of flexibility for your employees. Rather than being restricted to specific times, locations, and on-site technologies, mobile learning frees up the possibilities.
Corporate learning needn’t be restricted to office and computer-based, timeslot-dictated periods of learning.Blended learning provides flexibility for everyone involved, from L&D departments to trainees, and is only possible with the incorporation of mobile learning into your ongoing strategy.
A mix of classroom-based, desktop-based, and mobile learning simply broadens your options when it comes to organising different types of corporate training. Compliance training for example is perfect for mobile. Company standards and collaborative learning may be better discussed in a classroom environment.
5. Active engagement from learners
Mobile learning encourages more active engagement from your learners. It may sound illogical, but something as simple as having to physically touch the screen, swipe, tap, and zoom increases learning retention among the majority of users. Active engagement is also shown to improve completion rates.
This physical interaction with the screen is much more active than the passive learning completed on a desktop or in a classroom setting. Short videos featuring gamification are the most likely to increase information retention across all platforms. Add this to the physical elements of mobile-based training, and you’ve got a recipe for learning success.
There are a wide range of benefits to the flexibility of mobile learning, from decreased admin time for L&D and HR departments to encouraging employees across your organisation to take control of their own learning experience. Mobile is an undeniable advantage to the modern world, so it’s worth embracing in your working life as well. Whether your workforce is based in an office, on shop floors, warehouses, internationally, remotely, or a combination of all of these, mobile learning allows you an additional degree of flexibility you simply can’t get through other means.
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