Optimizing Mandatory Training for Employees

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Businesses of all sizes are expected to provide mandatory training for employees, though the particulars of what your organization has to provide vary by region, industry, and size. Training topics for employees can include health and safety, cybersecurity, diversity, and statutory training, just to name a few examples. This is a fairly easy requirement to meet if you're only interested in checking a box, but effective mandatory training can be another story. If you could use a helping hand transforming mandatory training for employees into something that your team gets something out of completing, the educational experts at Turning have created a learning engagement platform called Dojo360 to bring online and hybrid learning to the next level. Please continue reading to discover how our e³ philosophy can help your organization get more out of compliance training.

Why Are Some Types of Training for Employees Mandatory?

Mandatory training may be defined as any training that is considered essential for an organization to ensure its compliance with legal regulations as it works toward its goals. Mandatory training isn't always required by law but is compulsory for all team members. For example, no law says organizations have to have courses on their internal code of conduct, but many require them anyway.

Mandatory training for employees ensures that all team members receive the continuing education they need for the organization to retain accreditation or employee certification. It also acts as a legal defense, reducing your organization's liability if something goes awry. Legally-mandated training can carry hefty fines for noncompliance as well, so offering everything you're obligated to is the best course of action.

What Is the Secret to Effective Mandatory Training for Employees?

Your employees probably don't want to undergo mandatory training, so the biggest challenge is getting them to engage with the material. Dojo360 includes numerous features that help instructors engage learners. For instance, our platform's course builder gives instructors access to thousands of images, videos, and other graphical assets that can capture a learner's attention. You can also embed online videos directly into decks by simply including its URL from a site such as YouTube, giving you access to plenty of video content to liven things up. You can even add inline quizzes to courses to make learning a more active experience as opposed to the passive nature of watching a video or listening to a lecture.

Collaboration is also a great way to boost engagement, and Dojo360 facilitates it. You can schedule live virtual classes so that team members can interact during training sessions. Likewise, instructors can use breakout rooms to separate a live class into smaller groups, with each group receiving a dedicated video chat and virtual whiteboard to facilitate communication. Dojo360 fosters equity in mandatory training for employees as well by recording all live classes for the benefit of asynchronous learners. Gamification elements such as live leaderboards can also help asynchronous learners connect with their co-workers.

Content on Dojo360 is mobile-enabled as well, allowing employees to choose when and where they would like to access training materials. This makes them feel more like a stakeholder in the educational process, promoting engagement. Dojo360 also meets or exceeds all WCAG 2.0 guidelines, giving all employees equal access to training materials.

Tracking compliance training is important and Dojo360 has you covered there too. Our platform automatically takes attendance and lets you know if somebody isn't participating, giving you the evidence you need to intervene. Likewise, assessments are scored automatically and sent straight to a sortable admin dashboard to help you make data-driven decisions. You can even set assessments to automatically explain the correct answer to learners who miss a question or allow them to take a retest until they can demonstrate mastery of the material.

Is Getting Employees to Pay Attention Really That Difficult?

In a word, yes. A 2021 study conducted by Corporate Compliance Insights (CCI) revealed that 15% of employees in the insurance and finance fields admit to just clicking through mandatory training materials without reading or listening to them at all, while a further 34% only skim through them or tune out the audio. When asked to describe their company's training materials in one word, “boring” was overwhelmingly the most popular choice. Not surprisingly, 44% of those surveyed said that they felt ill-equipped to protect themselves or their organization after completing compulsory training.

If you don't want your organization to be part of those statistics, you need the learning engagement platform built for everyone, everywhere. Book a demo of Dojo360 today and see what it can do for your organization!

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