3 Outdated Employee Training Practices (And How a Mobile App Can Help You Overcome Them)

3 Outdated Employee Training Practices (And How a Mobile App Can Help You Overcome Them)

Stop investing in obsolete training methods and start generating results with a new, modern approach

By now, it’s no secret that the world’s most successful businesses are those who dedicate time and resources to training their staff.

But to truly hammer home the importance of employee training, here are a few statistics that are difficult to ignore:

Thus, when you look at the facts, it only makes sense to make an employee training program available to the people you hire.

Unfortunately, however, not all staff training and development programs are effective.

This is because many of the traditional training programs that businesses have relied on for years are proving to be less engaging and less efficient than employers and employees need them to be.

So, which employee training methods should business owners be avoiding? And what is the most effective solution?

Here Are The Top 3 Outdated Employee Training Practices To Do Away With In 2019:

1. The Training Manual

Far too often, employers pass their new hires the company training manual and put the onus on the employee to familiarize themselves with the pages of content it contains. 

This is one of the least effective ways to approach employee training, for a variety of reasons. But perhaps the most critical is the fact that simply asking your employees to read a manual does not expose them to experiential learning, which is proven to be far more effective than memorization from reading alone. 

In fact, typical retention rates for training that makes use of experiential learning are as high as 80 percent to 90 percent, compared to a typical retention rate of, often, just five percent for memorization from reading alone.

Taking this statistic into consideration, it becomes clear that employee training programs shouldn’t rely on textbooks, manuals, or reading materials. Instead, these resources should be made available, but the lessons they contain should be demonstrated in an immersive way.

2. The Classroom Setting

One of the major disadvantages business owners face when they choose to conduct employee training in a classroom setting is the associated costs. An instructor will often have to travel in order to lead the class, as will the learners themselves, and depending on the length of the training, a meal or snack may need to be provided.

Then there is the cost of pulling employees away from their daily tasks in order to train them.

But perhaps an even more troublesome aspect of classroom training is how few opportunities there are for learning by doing.

Classrooms are typically removed from the equipment, computer systems, and materials that employees use in the workplace. Therefore, it becomes difficult to offer employees an immersive learning experience in a classroom setting.

For these reasons, employees are losing interest in traditional, classroom-style training programs

3. The LMS Approach

For a considerable amount of time, Learning Management Systems (LMS’s) were thought to be the ideal solution to common employee training issues. They allowed for quicker performance grading, and provided a more convenient, computer-based delivery.

But most LMS solutions are costly, with a cloud-based LMS fetching an average price tag of $4,000-$7,000 for setup alone.

Then there are the not-so-obvious costs that are associated with keeping a Learning Management System updated, as well as hosting and security fees.

The bottom line? The dollar signs add up quickly.

In fact, most companies lowball the expected cost of an LMS by as much as 59 percent during the planning phase, only to discover the true financial investment when it’s too late.

Why A Mobile Training App Is The Best Resolution

Unlike the staff training and development strategies listed above, a mobile app can offer an engaging, effective, and cost-friendly learning experience.

In fact, mLearning has been shown to improve productivity by as much as 43 percent amongst learners when compared to non-mobile users.

And another study concluded that 70 percent of learners felt more motivated when training on a mobile device, as opposed to a computer.

So, what exactly makes mobile training apps so successful?

There are a range of reasons, most of which are related to the types of experiences employers can provide to their employees via an app (that are difficult to replicate on other platforms).

These experiences include:

  • Simulations or scenario-type learning exercises

  • Simple to complex gamification

  • Instant feedback

  • Flexible learning goals

  • Performance tracking

  • Leaderboards

  • Discussion boards

  • Individualized learning pathways

And more.

Each of these mLearning features can make your online learning platform even more impactful, generating performance outcomes that may not have been possible otherwise.

Plus, smartphone learners complete course material 45 percent faster than those using a computer, meaning you save time, and benefit from a faster onboarding process.

And since US adults spent an average of 3 hours, 35 minutes per day on mobile devices in 2018 (with these numbers only expected to rise), adopting a mobile training app now is an undeniably smart investment.

How The Reach App Can Secure You The Results You're Looking For

Within the ARC Reach app, employee training courses are configured to deliver rich content in bite sized chunks, and are then followed up with exercises to reinforce and assess learning. 

These assessments can be automatically graded or when submissions include free text or file uploads, graded manually by an instructor.

The app also has the capability to provide group-based learning exercises that are configured with a series of objectives for the team to address, and includes a team chat for online collaboration.

We then enhance these features by presenting them to users in a gamified and optimized mobile app that is easy to navigate and fun to use.


We’re confident you’ll be impressed by how seamless implementing the ARC Reach app can be!

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