94% of learning and development professionals say their learners prefer microlearning compared to traditional training methods, possibly due to workplace training being quite challenging. Many employees get little to no training and are instead self-taught. On average, employees are given only 24 minutes a week for learning.
When training is offered, there are usually several barriers to joining. As a result, the lack of learning opportunities leaves employees unsatisfied with 74% of employees feeling they aren’t achieving their full potential. 40% of those who don’t receive needed training leave within the first year with many reporting they don’t have the necessary skills to do their jobs.
Traditional training models are ineffective as they create a poor learning experience. Standalone training events also don’t create lasting learning. Training sessions are usually longer than the average adult’s maximum attention span. Employees forget between 50% and 80% of what they learn if training isn’t reinforced. Overall, learners are dissatisfied with their learning management systems and organizations waste resources creating ineffective courses.
With microlearning, you can address a single objective to build mastery for a specific role while brief activities and questions increase engagement with a topic. Engaging videos are used to present information with kinetic text, motion graphics, or animation and learners are encouraged to apply their learnings in their work. Microlearning helps fit training into the workday without location and time constraints; boost collaboration, social learning, and employee engagement; and personalize learning using contextual triggers.
Microlearning is 17% more effective than traditional training as learners don’t have to deal with irrelevant information and can focus on just one objective. Message-based microlearning also meets workers where they are. Microlearning reduces costs by eliminating course development time and resources while increasing efficiency and speed.
The use of microlearning can help many companies improve the effectiveness of their workplace training.