Have you ever heard of a technique called classroom training? In the fast-paced digital world we live in where technology is king and electronic devices are practically everywhere, it’s a concept that many want to push to the side and label “outdated.” Our team heard it hourly at the booth when we attended Corporate Learning Week 2016, “Do you offer virtual training?” Virtual training is great, there’s no doubt about its practicality and usefulness. But why is there such a big push for virtual when classroom training is better?
Hear me out. I love technology. I couldn’t live without my phone, and when I can fill out a survey online in ten seconds rather than fill out a response card with pen, it’s a lifesaver. Virtual training is more sought after because, in a word, it’s convenient. Need to get new information out to 500 employees scattered across two countries? Send a link and have them do it online. It’s easy (and cheaper than trying to get these people in one place to reiterate a message). But is it effective?
It depends on what you want the result to be. As noted, virtual or online training is effective in delivering large amounts of information over a wide distribution area. It’s useful for fact-based training or technical training. But when it comes to applying critical thinking and developing interactive skills, classroom training is the way to go. If you don’t believe me, listen to the feedback Paradigm has gotten from our classroom participants going through business acumen training.
“Best training course I’ve taken in my 10 years in this industry. Such a fun way to learn a subject that I don’t particularly love.” Mid-level manager at multinational pharmaceutical company.
“I’ve worked for 4 Fortune 500 companies and this is the first time I’ve walked out of an orientation feeling empowered, informed and engaged!” – Senior Manager of global consulting firm.
These are results from classroom training. Participants develop rich discussion and become more interested when they can take an active role in the learning. Classroom training produces interactions with team members across multiple departments, allowing them to feed off each other’s ideas and see how everything comes together in their organization. It’s hard to obtain that from looking at a computer screen or listening to multiple videos. This is why a large amount of Paradigm’s clientele has never pushed for virtual training when the classroom has been so beneficial and produced real results.
We understand the desire to cut costs and find an easy solution. But if you want your employees to take action and drive results, you need a training program that will arm them with on-the-job tools, show them a community of resources and increase and retain their business knowledge. Get in the classroom and get the activity going. You’ll be thrilled with the results.