Why people are heading online to learn how to improve gender equality

John Sherman

Gender equality is one of the hottest topics in compliance today. Over the past few years we’ve watched the national spotlight turn to the persistent wage gap, lack of promotion, and other gender issues that Americans are unhappy with. While the United States is miles ahead of the pack in many ways, we still have a long road ahead before gender inequality is completely done away with.

That’s just one reason why access to effective corporate training is so critical. Gender equality issues hold organizations back and can set them up for costly legal issues that hinder growth dramatically. Luckily, as technology continues to advance, so too does our ability to deliver powerful and effective training programs for employees.

Today, more and more companies and employees are embracing the eLearning model and turning online for their gender equality training. Here are just a few reasons why:

Online gender equality training is more cost effective.

Traditional training systems are expensive. Not only are you forced to pay for specialized training personnel, you’ll also likely need to cover classroom rental fees, transportation costs, and physical training materials. Since most corporate training is delivered in large chunks of time, you also have to factor in potential productivity issues.

eLearning solutions are far cheaper to implement. Since the material is delivered to portable devices and desktop computers, there’s no need for your employees to relocate. They can go at their own pace and study the materials in smaller chunks of time—and at periods when it’s less likely to have a serious impact on productivity. In some cases, there’s no need to foot the bill for developing these courses, since there are plenty of effective gender equality training programs that have already been created.

Employees retain the information better.

Traditional training programs can be tedious affairs. After the first hour of training, it’s easy for a fatigued employee to “zone out” and miss important details. On the other hand, online solutions can be better customized to the individual learner. If something is missed, then all the learner has to do is access the material from their device and review the section that he or she didn’t catch.

Research has proven that eLearning increases knowledge retention by up to 60% and this means that your staff will be much more likely to adhere to gender equality policies in the long run.

Online gender equality training causes less anxiety.

There are some compliance issues that can cause more anxiety in learners than others. Gender equality is a complex topic and many learners don’t want to be “put on the spot” about what they don’t know by a trainer in front of a classroom. Online training allows learners to make mistakes and even participate anonymously if they choose. This lowers the amount of anxiety involved in the process and is another reason why the retention rate is so high with online learning.

Online learning is the ideal method for training Millennials.

Millennials are now the largest generation in the United States workforce and these individuals have grown up with hyper-connectivity as a way of life. They came of age with text messaging, social media, high-speed internet, and unlimited information at their fingertips.

When it comes to training, this is a boon.

Millennials are accustomed to acquiring information through mobile devices and in many cases their primary education was delivered through 21st century technology. Their university experience was certainly more digital-based than not. So when it comes to learning about gender equality compliance, Millennials clearly will prefer an education process that they are accustomed to.

Mobile learning promotes a social learning experience.

Humans are social creatures, so it makes perfect sense that we would respond well to opportunities to learn in a social environment. While traditional gender equality training programs tend to be more lecture-oriented, mobile platforms promote true collaboration between learners.

Online applications allow learners to bounce ideas off of each other, discuss case studies, participate in simulations and take advantage of discussion groups and chat functions. These features help reinforce the material that’s being learned, while at the same time promoting a sense of camaraderie and mutual respect between employees.

The best companies understand that interaction is an absolutely critical aspect of gender equality training. Gender equality is a social issue that requires individuals to internalize the concepts so they can relate to those who are potentially discriminated against. Online training platforms promote discussions that do exactly that.

More and more companies are embracing the remote work model for their employees, in part because it helps with reducing overhead. Even companies with a large in-house staff still have executives and sales personnel who spend a great deal of time “on the road.” This can make bringing everyone together for a training event a logistical nightmare.

Online training, however, can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere in the world. Learners can log on from their iPad on a red-eye flight to Los Angeles, just as easily as they can from their home office in  New York. This is another tremendous opportunity to save time and money on gender equality training.

The best companies in the world are addressing gender equality issues head on. As we move forward into 2017 and beyond, it’s clear that eLearning is the most effective and efficient path to training your staff and maintaining compliance.


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