Workforce development is a vital investment if organisations want to stay relevant and competitive in their business domains in the long-term. It provides reputational and competitive gains, and if not addressed properly can lead to business viability risks. When properly administrated, it multiplies the value of an organization’s most valuable resource: people.
In 2021, Microsoft released its new employee experience & engagement platform, Viva, and AvePoint released its Learning Management Platform, Curricula, to address the modern needs of corporate learning.
Viva Learning aggregates learning content in Microsoft Teams (now one of the top applications used by workforces), brings a variety of relevant training content to the individual learner, and makes learning convenient and accessible in their flow of work. To that end, Curricula complements the Viva Learning experience with structured career and competency mapping, personalised learning, and clear ways to ensure L&D efforts are consistent, measurable, and meaningful to your organisation goals.
Here are three key areas wherein a learning platform like Curricula can help spur successful workplace learning.
Workplace learning is often optional, and employees tend to learn only when they have time, when it’s a mandatory module, or when their performance bonus depends on learning hours. HR professionals often struggle to elevate employee engagement since programs fail to tie in with critical success factors for personal development and career progression.
Employees may be more intrinsically motivated to learn when they are more aware of critical skills that are in high demand. Organisations can communicate these required skillsets openly and clearly with employees, thereby encouraging employees to engage in training and upskilling in areas that are core to the organisation’s competitiveness.
With personalised learning pathways and auto alerts to encourage learning activities, L&D teams can leverage Curricula to direct employee learning in a way most relevant to the growth direction of the organisation. By recommending activities that balance career interests with core organisational competencies, Curricula helps to both boost employee confidence and bolster your workforce.
Effective workplace learning enhances the overall organizational output and ensures learning activities are aligned with core competency mappings, especially those that are tied to an organisation’s competitiveness. Curricula’s configurable learning paths can be used to help hone employees’ skill sets in targeted areas (e.g. technical or design skill tracks). Clear skill progression mapping can also encourage employees to enhance their certifications in various professional tracks for better career advancement.
Curricula also encourages collaborative learning through channels, forums, and social learning tools. Learners are alerted when new topics are introduced into channels of interest, which are ideal avenues for learning from field experts. Accountability is also built into the platform to facilitate discussions and feedback between employees and their supervisors regarding their development goals.
With an intentional training plan to help employees upskill to take on in-demand skills, employees experience the value of continuous learning and could potentially improve attrition rates. Organisations that are known to have successful talent development programs are also likely to attract talent more successfully over competitors.
Track Your Workplace Learning
Organisations need a consistent platform to track learning metrics to ensure investments in employee learning translate into quality workforce improvements, and they need to do so in a way that maximises HR productivity.
Curricula provides granular insights into various metrics for different organisational stakeholders. For example, Chief People Officers or L&D Heads can view staff engagement rates, % of self-directed learning (non-compliance courses) and % of jobs filled by internal upskilling to maintain workforce agility where key job roles can be filled through training and upskilling.
With Curricula’s instant reports, HR specialists have complete oversight on employees’ monthly hours of learning and average learning completion rates as they administrate learning programs. They no longer have to spend days and hours tracking data from multiple sources to track progress and staff certification statuses.
Curricula also offers a feedback template that can be used to spin up instant surveys to periodically check on user satisfaction and get employee feedback.
Talent development leads can also utilise Curricula’s curriculum planner to curate courses into guided leadership programs for staff in the leadership track and manage their learning in a programmatic way, saving them hours of effort compared to manual offline program management.
In conclusion, Curricula augments existing HR systems to help organisations deliver successful learning & development programs by aligning learning to critical organization growth needs. It also respects employees’ personal need for growth and nurtures their advancement along professional skills tracks. Ultimately, when employees gain the confidence to do their jobs better and are assured by an organizational culture that values personal development, they are likely to stay in their jobs longer and contribute better. Curricula is also designed to increase productivity of HR professionals administrating L&D programs and to help them drive higher employee engagement and satisfaction.