Tips for Training and Educating Millennials - Southwest EAP

Tips for Training and Educating Millennials

The millennial generation is one that operates very differently from previous generations. Many people think they are spoiled and entitled but if you want to be successful, you should work to cultivate them. The millennial generation is a very prominent component of the workforce and they are the future. Use these tips to train and educate them

Opt for Mobile Learning

Millennials are technologically inclined and they like to learn on the go. When you are developing your learning and development systems, create something that is easy to access and use, even when they are not in the office. Learning on the go is important because with this generation, without it you may not reach them as effectively, if at all. Creating mobile learning modules is the key to success.

Take Time Creating Quality Content

There is all kinds of media that is high quality and engaging that your learning and development content will compete with on a regular basis. If your learning modules do not keep your employees engaged, you will quickly lose them. There is no point in creating a learning module if it is of poor quality and not designed to keep you relevant. Also, make sure your content is current because that will demonstrates that you are progressive company.

Create Flexible Learning Options

Having learning and development sessions is a great way to get people involved but Millennials want to learn at their own pace and in their own way. Provide some flexibility in your programs in lessons so they can learn at a pace they desire. This will result in more engagement because they will be participating the way they want to. As a result, the lessons are taught and your employees are better satisfied.

Continue to Provide Learning

Millennials want to absorb as much information as they possibly can. You should focus on continuously creating and launching learning modules so they can continually learn and expand their skillset. Take a proactive approach to your learning and development program instead of just providing it when it is needed. You should absolutely train on a subject when a problem occurs but you can help your employees, Millennial or not, develop better skills and knowledge by taking part in valuable learning opportunities that are constant and relevant.

Learn Millennials Language

When you are trying to teach Millennials, to have the best results, you need to speak to them they way they speak. Relate the content to them. Tell the truth and be clear with your content. Explain to them why you are doing something instead of just doing it. Model behavior you want them to portray and let them know what is important.

Connecting to Millennials is not as difficult as it may seem. To reach them through learning and development, you simply need to understand what they need and where they are coming from. Using these tools will help you train and develop them so they can help your business prosper.