corporate elearning

How can corporate elearning be suited to an employee’s personality type?

Employee attrition is a huge problem for companies nowadays. The pandemic has changed the opinions of employees about their jobs. They have started valuing their time more. Hence, they have no likeness to the corporate culture, which requires them to commute to the workplace. The employees, therefore, want flexibility as far as the work schedule is concerned. They want a hybrid or a complete work-from-home work routine. Companies are now dealing with an employee-centric work market, so they have to offer employees better work hours and stop being rigid about 9-5 work hours. The companies also offer corporate elearning programs to employees to boost their morale.

Why work from home is getting popular among employees?

The reason why employees are choosing to work from home is quite different from earlier. Now, the reason to do so is longer social distancing, which was the main reason in 2020(57%). But the main reason in 2022 is that people no longer want to transport daily and enjoy the comforts work from home offers (76%). Also, commuting is a major problem because the office is far from the house.

Why some employees still insist on working from office?

Workers, however, prefer working from the office because, according to them, productivity declines while working from home. This is a grave concern. This is true for workers whose work can be done remotely but who still prefer to go to the office (60%). Lack of a proper working infrastructure at home is also another reason workers enjoy working from the office (21%). Employees also attend offices because senior colleagues put pressure on them for doing so (9%). These workers also feel that if they are working from home, they would be denied opportunities for promotion (14%).
Those with college degrees are more likely to work from home than those without one.

How to stop employee attrition?

If companies want to stop attrition because employees prefer companies that offer them work from home, it’s time to listen to them so that they start returning to offices.

The company’s leaders should give importance to the employees’ ideas. Employees start applying for new jobs when the leaders don’t listen to their opinions. The employees also need promotion at the right time. An employee cannot be taken to higher hierarchy levels until he lacks the skill for further promotion. This is described in a theory given by Canadian Dr. Laurence J. Peter.

At the highest level, when an employee lacks skills, corporate elearning can prevent him from leaving the company (the Peter Principle). With the right training, an employee does not shift to another company offering training to retain him.

What is psychometric profiling?

Psychometric profiling is very useful in making sure an employee is promoted. It can ensure that the employer is useful in understanding the weaknesses and strengths of every employee and how to use them for a company’s advantage.

How can such profiling aid in designing corporate elearning?

Once the company identifies an employee’s psychology, it can be used to train him for a role. When an employee is not suited for a role, he cannot give his level best performance. He is also not so attached to the company because he has no job satisfaction.

Psychometric profiling is a great tool for companies for preparing corporate elearning courses because it measures employees’ mental abilities and whether they are enough for a role.

Such profiling is done by HR to check the personality type of employee during the initial rounds of candidate selection. Well, they measure a candidate’s aptitude required for a job and these questions are not objective-type questions. The personality type of employee reflects his commitment to work.

Which personality type likes online learning?

For example, there are two basic personality types, type A and type B. Type A personality type is quite aggressive, whereas type B is quite relaxed. A company must see that the right training is developed for both personality types; otherwise, there can be high employee attrition. The Type A personality type pays attention to details and is competitive. Hence, they are suited for jobs that require high planning, like an event coordinator. Type A personalities are also quite hardworking because they are detail-oriented, so jobs like operations manager are perfect for them. Type people also don’t talk to anyone else who is not related to the task at hand, whereas type B is quite sociable.

They are committed to working but have a relaxed attitude, so they feel satisfied in what they do. Even if a plan does not work, it does not affect them much. This is not true for a Type A personality who goes to lengths to complete a project within deadlines.

Type B people are quite good in sales because they understand people and like listening to them. All this is revealed in the psychometric profiling of a candidate. Type A personalities are not suited for sales jobs because they’re choleric by nature and hence get irritated when a customer asks too many questions.

Inclination of Type B towards online classes:

Generally, the Type B personality does not have problems in self-paced classes, but the Type A Personality can have doubts and hence require a group discussion to find answers in time. Type A personality wants no delay in getting their queries resolved online but needs timely answers. Such personality types feel stress more than others and are always rushing. Hence, timely resolution of their problems is quite important; they simply can’t wait. 

Since Type B is more adaptable, online learning is suited for them. But this personality type has a calm and lazy temperament and hence might have trouble submitting assignments and completing courses on time, and hence they need a push. They are extroverts, but all social interaction is diminished in online learning. Hence, all this needs to be considered while curating and developing corporate learning for employees.

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