Employee Development: The Employee Engagement Best Practice

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Many employers think that they could be getting more out of team members if only they shared their passion for the company, but that's the wrong way of looking at it. Employees aren't likely to commit to their current employer unless their employer demonstrates a commitment to them first, and the best way to do that is through an employee development program.

Employee development is an employee engagement best practice because it is a literal investment in a team member's future. Once your staff member sees that you are investing in them for the long haul, they are more likely to see your organization as somewhere they can grow and pursue their professional goals. Dojo360 takes online and hybrid learning to the next level through the e³ philosophy of equity, evidence, and engagement, helping you unlock your team's full potential and improve employee engagement.

What Is Employee Engagement and Why Is It Important?

Employee engagement is simply a measure of how interested an employee is in their employer's values and goals. An engaged employee goes about their job enthusiastically, often spreading their positive attitude to co-workers. A disengaged worker doesn't care about what they're doing and often gives the bare minimum while encouraging colleagues to follow their example. Either way, employee engagement has a significant impact on an organization's broader culture.

Why Is Employee Development Among the Employee Engagement Best Practices?

A whopping 80 percent of employees feel that they would be more engaged at work with some kind of employee development program in place, according to the Udemy Workplace Boredom Study. Of course, you can't just post a few videos, call it an employee development program, and expect to see any results. Here are five things that are integral to the ultimate success of your program:

  1. Mobile-Friendly Content

    Employees want to learn on their terms, including when and where is most convenient for them and on devices that they are comfortable using. Content on Dojo360 is accessible anywhere with a reliable internet connection and on any device, giving learners the freedom to choose how they want to engage with it. Once learners feel like they are in control over their development, engagement follows.

  2. Personalized Learning Paths

    Your employees want to be treated as individuals throughout your employee development program, not numbers. Dojo360 makes it easy to set up personalized learning paths to guide learners toward their professional goals. For example, an aspiring manager could take courses on management while an intern interested in computer science could study the Java programming language. As a bonus, helping existing employees develop new skills is often more cost-effective than hiring new people with those skills.

  3. Course Selection

    There are two broad categories of employee development: upskilling and reskilling. Upskilling means equipping staff members with the skills they need to pursue a promotion in their current field, while reskilling means that you are preparing a team member for a different line of work within your organization. Dojo360 makes it easy to create and manage both types of courses, allowing team members to take whichever most interest them.

  4. Powerful Analytics

    Your team members want to be considered for promotions and raises as they develop new skills, and Dojo360 makes it easy to find evidence of who might be ready for an expanded role. Admins can review who is taking what and learner assessment scores on sortable dashboards, making it easy to find internal candidates for any promotions that become available.

  5. Ease of Use

    Dojo360 meets or exceeds all WCAG 2.0 guidelines, allowing even employees who don't feel comfortable working with technology to take full advantage of your employee development program. Likewise, instructors can create and manage courses quickly and easily whether that means integrating with your existing LMS or designing fresh content from scratch. The resulting equity is great for any organization's culture.

How Will My Employees Engage with the Educational Content I Provide?

If your idea of employee development is limited to a few YouTube videos, they probably won't. However, Dojo360 gives course creators access to multimedia authoring tools and the complete Dojo library of images, video, and graphical assets to help capture learner attention. Our platform also includes collaboration tools such as virtual meeting spaces and live message boards to encourage your team to approach training as a team. Gamification elements are included as well to make employee development feel like a game to promote engagement.

If you're looking for improved employee engagement scores, Dojo360's features facilitate engaged learning made easy. We hope you try it and see the difference it can make for yourself!

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