For years, ongoing education was deemed a luxury, not a necessity; continued learning was something professionals could partake in outside of their day-to-day responsibilities when they had the time, unless obligated to do so by a professional association.
Although professionals and their employers want to prioritize developing new skills, most don't have the time to set aside to attend workshops and classes in person. In the legal profession, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) requirements are often obtained through online courses that lawyers will watch, which was far from the norm a mere few years ago.
And thanks to the rise of streaming and blockchain technology, today's employers and employees can access a wide variety of educational courses and cultivate their own intellectual development when and where they want. Prioritizing real continued personal and professional development programs among employees is one of the best ways to ensure that your business does not get left behind amid the technical and digital revolution.
If you're contemplating how to introduce ongoing learning resources and programs to your employees, here are a few things to consider.
1. Take advantage of streaming advancements.
Whether it's a live-streaming conference presentation from a renown thought leader or a series of presentations and conversations from subject matter experts aiming to help individual cultivate real and tangible new skill sets like social media implementation and coding literacy, streaming advancements make any academic and professional development pursuit possible.
2. Don't box your employees in.
Rather than forcing your employees to all sit through the exact same courses and programs, it may be more beneficial to both parties to give them choice. For example, an entry level employee on the sales team may greatly benefit from content regarding self-presentation and public speaking, whereas individuals in a design department may get the most out of coding tutorials and training. Plus, giving your employees the leeway to make their own choices, will also encourage them to take their development courses more seriously, because they've chosen curricula that is truly of interest to them.
3. Allow them to learn at their own pace and on their own schedule
The most important factor is convenience. Being able to access the material anywhere, anytime and on any device allows people to fit learning into their busy daily schedules. If you force your employees to attend a mandatory three-day development conference, there's a good chance you'll receive eye rolls and less-than-enthusiastic attitudes. If, however, you present professional development courses as opportunities for them to personally grow and take control over, there's a better chance their interest and commitment levels to the teachings will spike.
4. Be open to new payment mechanisms
Many up-and-coming educational resources will run on blockchain technology, which means their marketplaces will be fueled by tokens. If you are hesitant to jump on the cryptocurrency bandwagon within your own business, it may be time for you to consider how tokens will make these business resources more accessible in real time.
"Tokens can have added benefits automatically attached whereas fiat cannot; for example, we may have a discount which is automatically provided for a purchase using tokens, or institutional lending for education may have a reduced rate for token holders buying courseware," says SuccessLife CEO Tony Lorge, who runs a decentralized marketplace where people can access thousands of hours of content from renown individuals and thought leaders.
5. Pay it forward
The beauty of the proliferation of educational streaming resources is that anyone across any line of business has the chance to also impart their own wisdom on the world. As a business leader in your own right, you likely have an array of experiences and skill sets to share with other hopeful young leaders. Through decentralized streaming services, you (as well as any individual) have the chance to participate in the education landscape as both student and teacher.