The Rise Of Nano Learning
Before we can go into Nano Learning to understand how it is being increasingly used by companies, we must first look at the situation that is resulting to increase in wages of blue-collar workers and subsequently, higher costs. This is to help us see how Nano Learning comes in to help businesses save cost in training and provide a more effective training programme for their workers. Hence, leading to an increase in workforce productivity.
Is everyone quitting their jobs?
Is the #GreatResignation only taking place among higher-salaried knowledge workers?
A reasonable line of thought is these are the workers who’ve managed to build savings buffers during COVID-enforced travel bans and rising asset markets, giving them enough runway to resign from jobs that they may be tired of & reassess their lives.
Apparently, that’s not quite true.
Blue-collar workers are leaving their jobs too. In countries like the US and Singapore, job openings in food services and other deskless workforce-heavy industries are rising – as workers quit and there’s no ready pool of unemployed workers to take these traditionally low-end jobs. Singapore’s F&B businesses face the double-whammy of being reliant on non-local workers, and their increasing unavailability due to tightening work visa requirements etc., has hurt businesses’ daily operations, not to mention any possible expansion plans.
As a result, the manpower crunch is driving up wages in “blue-collar” vocations.
Rising wages (both market-driven and legislation-driven) is good for workers. However, compounded with supply-chain bottle-necks, rising real-estate prices (read: rentals) all exacerbate the increase in costs for employers – which would have to be passed on in some part to the end-consumer.
Ultimately, these all contribute to the rising inflation in many countries today, which hurts all of us as our paycheques (and business topline) don’t stretch as far as before. Left-unchecked, this becomes a vicious cycle of rising wage -> costs -> wages -> costs… which our Central Banks and Governments are now working hard to address at the macro-level.
Achieving more with a smaller but more productive workforce
On a micro-level, increased worker attrition means your business needs to hire replacement workers for critical roles, and onboard & train them with increased frequency.
This also means you need to train your staff to perform their roles well, and possibly cross-training them to do one another’s job during busy shifts, especially if higher market wages means your business may not be able to afford to hire as many workers as before.
Traditionally, this training was done in person but may no longer be possible in today’s COVID environment. A digital approach is often necessary. In fact, digital learning in bite-sizes (or what we term as Nano learning) is a simple, effective, scalable way to onboard and train new and replacement workers.
What is Nano Learning?
Nano Learning refers to breaking down learning materials into small units of information whilst increasing engagement, crafted to aid in learners’ understanding and information retention.
To break down our Nano Learning definition:
1. “Bite-sized” training modules lasting between 2 and 10 minutes
2. “Highly targeted” with each module focussed on ONE single learning objective
3. “Interactive” with rich media and on-the-spot digital assessments used to promote learner engagement and enhance learning retention.
The Nano Learning delivery method of training is a great andragogical framework which Engages Learners, Helps Learners Apply Knowledge and is Available On-Demand. It can be used for education, training, onboarding etc.
In a workplace setting, long periods of “training” or long text-based reading is hard to accomplish. This is especially true for our workers in operational (or Deskless) roles, who do not have workstations or computers. Hence, training and upskilling is best done via their mobile phones.
How to use Nano Learning in Staff Training?
That’s where a Nano Learning Tools like ArcLab helps your business – by giving you a one-stop tool to easily create, distribute and track training for your workforce – anytime, anywhere, in any language.
ArcLab’s Nano Learning platform data shows that our customers save an average of 11 hours of time per worker per month. Time that can be better-deployed to business operations, and focus on the ‘human’ aspects of the business, like delivering great customer service.
Workers interact with the digital training content, are tested on their knowledge via quizzes, and can apply it easily to their work. That’s learning in the flow of work in action. Staff training at its most efficient.
The end-result? A well-trained workforce that does more for your business.
In today’s #GreatResignation, it is crucial to have a scalable and effective way to onboard and upskill your new and replacement workers, and invest in your existing staff to achieve more for your business.
It becomes a strategy to implement and integrate nano learning courses and modules into your training programme. Here’s an example of how it can look:
Time to start Nano Learning for your workforce training!