It’s the buzzword that we read about everywhere. If you aren’t familiar with it, your workers are likely to mention it. Polycom surveyed over 24,000 respondents around the world and found these interesting results:
1. 62% of the global working population takes advantage of flexible working practices.
2. 98% of respondents say that “anywhere working” has a positive impact on productivity and a whopping 62% of those surveyed “want” access to collaboration technology that enables them to connect with colleagues.
3. 92% of respondents surveyed believe that video collaboration technology helps to improve relationships and fosters better teamwork.
If you aren’t convinced by these numbers that employees benefit from shared learning tools, we hope that you will keep reading.
The Future is Mobile Collaboration
As the world becomes increasingly globalized, we should think less about people working in a traditional store or in a cubicle network. We need to think more about how people can create and share ideas. This is usually when they are able to fit work into their mobile lifestyle, especially through “anywhere working.” We see it in the schools with instructional trends that push more students to learn online. They could be supervised by a classroom teacher while using a mobile computer lab or working at home in a virtual school environment.
In modern classrooms, we’re building Centennials (just as we previously built Millennials) to collaborate through connectivity tools. We expect them to think about ideas anywhere and to communicate them to others and improve them. If someone sees a cute animal and takes a picture of it to share on Facebook, she can also do this when a customer shares a complaint that affects how her team operates. The difference is that she posts the information on the mobile learning platform.
We Want to Help
As mobile training providers, we struggle with this important question: “If mobile platforms are the way of the future, why are so many organizations using outdated intranets for employee learning?” The answer is really important to us because we created vidREACH to assist managers and employees with learning and professional development.
Employees Needed Shared Learning Yesterday
Think about the last time you wanted to learn about something that affects your life. Were you concerned with how much rainfall your lawn got last month? That could be why you must pay the lawn guy to come more than once per week this summer. Did you wonder about the potential side effects of the new anxiety pill your doctor recommends?
We know that you probably go to your mobile phone to quickly find answers to questions like these. You could ask Siri or use the Safari web browser. Once you dictate your question, you get rapid results. If you think your needs for information are mobile, then remember that employees have the same needs. They want mobile learning. When they want to explore an idea, they should toss it around with their leader or colleagues on a mobile app. Their smartphone should be the only tool needed for learning.
A Mobile Learning Platform Works
At vidREACH, we believe that our mobile platform, which includes video software, enables employees and managers to have meaningful discussions. We see the potential for managers to provide employees with individualized coaching so they can assume more challenging roles. We see opportunities for employees to serve as mentors to new employees, who may be located in other parts of the world. We see managers working together to decide the types of training videos, presentations, and notes that will help employees quickly grasp a new business process. For great ideas on using shared learning tools in your workplace and helping employees grow, please contact us today.