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5 Strategies to train the overwhelmed employee

31 May 2021 | Lesson Desk Team2 min read

Majority of employees work hard to ensure that their daily tasks are completed to the highest standard and are the driving force behind your company's success. However, employees are increasingly becoming trapped in a maze of overwhelmedness, so much so that they struggle to perform what used to be the easiest of tasks. Running from one meeting to the next and juggling too many tasks at a time can lead to your staff members feeling overwhelmed and even burned out in severe instances. With so many other obligations and distractions, encouraging overwhelmed employees to train can be a difficult task to take on, especially if they are being inundated by countless to-do lists, meetings and an overflowing inbox. With their minds overloaded with information, training may feel like the last thing they want to do. But learning doesn't have to feel like a burden. Especially when it’s so integral to empowering and growing your employees. We've listed five strategies that you can implement in your workplace to train overwhelmed employees.

1. Look towards microlearning

Not all of us have the attention span of Einstein. Implementing microlearning enables employees to retain knowledge better, as the training is delivered in short but effective bursts, allowing them to process and apply this new knowledge better. Keep your training sessions short and sweet and offer employees different training options that will allow them to learn at their own pace.

2. Offer personalised training paths

Adopting a ‘one size fits all’ approach to training assumes that all employees are all the same. When it comes to education, it’s important to remember that not all staff members are employed in the same career or have the same skills or knowledge, or even speak the same language. Offering differentiated training optimises the learning experience, bringing on greater results.

3. Implement self-managed learning

Employees, especially those that are feeling overwhelmed, prefer to take charge of their own training journey. Learning doesn't have to be restricted to a specific place or time. Instead, give your workforce more control over where and how they train by putting the onus on them. Giving your staff the power to manage their own training, will not only promote a sustainable learning culture but also encourage employee productivity through their instrinsic motivation.

4. Embrace just-in-time learning

Just-in-time learning focuses on the idea of having access to knowledge, only when it’s needed, eliminating another training session and rather syncing learning with their work schedule. For example, before entering a client’s business, sales persons can quickly run through the relevant sales-enable course as refresher training to ensure they are able to answer all queries the client might have about the product or service.

5. Make content easily accessible

Company databases can often be quite extensive, which means that finding training content is often a time-consuming and complex process for employees, especially when they don't know where to start. Make employee training content easy to access at any time by hosting your content on a digital platform, that enables employees to participate in and complete training lessons from anywhere, at any time.

Show employees your commitment to their development and growth by going the extra mile to create and maintain a fun and continuous learning culture where your workforce feels supported and empowered. Contact us at learn@lessondesk.com for a fun, interactive and engaging online training solution that will motivate and inspire your employees, or visit our website for more info.