Michael Gullan, at the helm of G&G Advocacy, an eLearning consultancy that collaborates with mid to large-scale corporations, advocates for a development strategy centred on employee performance within their workflow.
Gullan challenges the status quo, stating, “The conventional development model that prescribes courses based on perceived employee needs has lost its relevance.” He elaborates, “Effective learning in the adult workplace transcends mere knowledge acquisition. It necessitates the application of this knowledge to improve performance. This is the path to realising a return on your learning and development investment and propelling your business towards its objectives.”
Gullan suggests this shift in focus to transform employees into the dream team business leaders need to survive and thrive.
Traditional Most development programmes start by asking key questions: What skills do my employees have, and what new skills do they need? Doing this may result in course and assessment completions which may infer that some knowledge was acquired.
New Start with understanding what your employees need to be able to do (perform) and then define what information is required to support their performance enhancements.
Traditional Address two types of learning: upskilling (more knowledge) and reskilling (new knowledge), and test how well employees complete and pass their assessments.
New A performance-first approach looks for when new knowledge will be applied, and these moments of application inform what new or more information is needed to support mastery.
Traditional Can be lengthy, time-consuming, and costly, with little focus on the moments of application.
New Only essential material that supports performance needs is included. This also supports adult learners who are distracted, busy, and under pressure to perform.
Traditional Information is available at work to reskill and upskill employees.
New Enables real application within the workflow, which is the best time to apply new knowledge and fuel engagement. The workflow is where experiential learning thrives, knowledge is integrated, and success is immediately validated.
Traditional Employee development is measured by course completion and assessment results.
New Performance-based eLearning can be measured with greater precision, such as:
There is much scientific evidence to prove that performance-based learning is effective beyond traditional fact-and-skill learning. “L&D teams and their eLearning partners need to get out of their own way and make the shift,” concludedsGullan.
“Organisations need skillful employees, more than they need reskilled or upskilled people. Only skillful employees can move corporates toward their goals.”