Evolution of Training and Engagement Methods 

Older generations are aging out of the skilled trade workforce, with 31 million jobs expected to be vacant due to retirees by the end of 2020. However, after COVID-19, the nation has seen a surge in early retirement. A recent report found that of all people who left the workforce through early April, 60 percent of them were retired. Compared to 53% from January 2020, this was a staggering increase in just a matter of a few months. Half of these recent retirees are younger, of the 50-65 age group. 

As the younger generation takes over in the workforce, training and engagement methods for educating these new workers on safety and workflow processes will need to be adapted to their learning styles. This means the traditional methods of training such as classroom, CBT, and paired learning, will all need to be further supplemented and augmented for the younger generations in order for companies to manage their workforce. 

As a result, companies have already begun turning to alternative, digital methods of training such as micro-learnings and video and picture-based training, since 64 percent of younger generations learn better with visual education. For those with much bigger budgets and time to experiment, there will be continued experimentation and some roll-out of AR/VR for training and training simulations. However, it is crucial that businesses never settle after that first step in order for a business to remain competitive and increasingly streamline productivity and efficiency in their operations, it is important to turn to digitally innovative solutions like Anvl to support in-the-moment training and ongoing engagement.

Turn to Digital Innovation  

Since the younger workforce is accustomed to real-time and constant access to information, such as doing a quick internet search to answer their questions, and contract workers may need to be quickly trained, access to information will be increasingly important. Companies have already adopted modern training methods, such as online portals or classes with instructional videos to help guide trainees through everyday processes or mobile field operations software with access to virtual documents or additional necessary information. These training methods will help educate workers quickly and efficiently and provide them the tools they need in order to get the jobs done. What is crucial, though, is never settling for the improvements already made, but rather to augment them into a larger scale over time across the whole business.

Training will also come to include educating workers to use technology, such as mobile tools, applications, and digital solutions in their everyday workflow processes.

By leveraging technology for training purposes, these methods can also be applied when discussing employee engagement. Rather than giving a traditional classroom experience, digital solutions are much more engaging and familiar to the youngest incoming workforce. They are more likely to be accustomed to the digital solutions provided and can easily adapt to those training methods. 

Digital Innovation Supports Ongoing Training and Engagement

Not only can digital solutions be leveraged during employee onboarding, but they also encourage ongoing learning and education throughout the workforce. For example, digital solutions that offer training and problem-solving in real-time allow for the employee to learn how to better manage a particular hazard, risk, or defect in the future.

In addition, innovative solutions, like Anvl, condition employees to consider problem management as an interactive and collaborative effort, rather than a paperwork ladder. This experience is much more engaging for an employee, and they feel more integral in the process. Our solution is geared to capturing information in the moment that can support and provide important content to update on-going worker training programs. In particular, we have a workflow feature that allows for real-time photo capture and annotations so that supervisors can see what is happening on the floor in the moment. 

Mobile Applications to Drive Engagement and Compliance

Consider this: Your first innovative step toward digital transformation may already be in your employee’s pockets. Mobile applications, like Anvl’s, are geared toward increasing safety and quality compliance and streamlining operations in the most engaging way for workers. Our solution will allow for workers to have in-the-moment guidance when navigating their work environment and promote ongoing education for employees when mitigating risks. Anvl’s award-winning software also allows for data capture to observe ongoing trends and determine places for improvement, such as identifying a need for support in worker training programs. 

Anvl is the solution to promote in-the-moment training and worker engagement.

With innovative technology and mobile tools, safety, quality, and operational processes in manufacturing will continue to develop in 2020 and beyond. Adapting training methods, engaging frontline workers, and adjusting supervisory roles will be key to implementing and expanding safety practices for increased business efficiency and effectiveness. With innovative tools such as Anvl’s software and guided workflow experience, keeping workers engaged is easy. Our mobile application is easy to use and only takes a few minutes to get accustomed to learning. 

At Anvl, our experts will design a workflow solution that will not only allow your workers to educate themselves on proper compliance, but also engage them in a way that will empower them to determine real-time solutions to problems. We don’t just automate paperwork: we transform your business by incorporating our award-winning innovative software to ultimately produce a culture change within your organization. See all of the solutions Anvl has to offer here, and contact one of our experts today.