Hybrid working, being part of a team and training have all been identified as success factors for giving employees a strong sense of engagement in their work. This is one of the conclusions of the latest report from the ADP Research Institute’s Global Workplace Study 2022, based on responses from over 27,000 people from 27 countries. In this month’s newsletter we discuss how e-learning, and in particular social learning, can help companies and employees improve engagement in the workplace.
The sense of belonging to a team and having a connection is one of the most important criteria for employees to feel engaged in their work. According to the study, members of a team are almost three times more engaged in their work than people who do not belong to a team. So – how do you use e-learning to build team spirit?
- Social learning
There are many ways to incorporate a social element in e-learning. Platforms like Docebo let users share relevant training with colleagues and discuss thoughts and questions in forums. This allows them to work together to find ways to integrate new knowledge in their professional roles. For example, training in how to use new software can lead to concrete discussions about how the team should work together to get the most out of it.
During the pandemic – yes that recurring topic that taught us so much about hybrid and remote working – many new hires found it difficult to get to know the team and feel part of the company. Digital onboarding lets you give new employees an overview of your company’s values, vision and goals. Working towards common goals increases engagement.
- Blended learning
By combining e-learning through a learning platform with lectures and workshops (physical and online), employees acquire new knowledge and have an opportunity to share ideas with their colleagues and managers. This improves knowledge retention and engagement, as it enables employees to practice what they have learned in an e-learning course, at a workshop for example.
Hybrid working pays off
Employees who have the opportunity to work from home and at the office are more engaged than employees who either work solely at the office or entirely from home. In the study, 20 percent of hybrid workers said they were engaged in their work, compared to 13 percent who only worked at the office and 12 percent who only worked from home.
- Retaining and developing skills
Employees who are able to work both from the office and at home are less likely to seek other employment. This also makes it easier to pass on skills within the company. E-learning allows knowledge to be spread across the organisation – at both large and small scales, depending on the areas and skills that need to be developed.
We also know that one of the top reasons that persuades employees to stay in their jobs is opportunities for training and development. In other words: The combination of hybrid working and e-learning is a powerful tool for increasing employee engagement.
Like to know more?
You can read the full report here: Global Workplace Study 2022. As well as the aspects covered in our newsletter there is plenty of useful information for those of you who work in Learning & Development, Human Resources, or leadership roles. Please get in touch if you would like to bounce ideas off us or develop a plan for your own workplace.