Bloodshot eyes.

Coffee overdose.

Information extreme overload.

Probably a headache.

Quiz: Does that mean you just endured an eight hour training session or took a trip to the beach? You don’t really have to answer that.

Training for your small business employees needs an upgrade. Here’s why.

Gone are the days of effective day-long training seminars. The human attention span has been compared to that of a goldfish, with some studies showing that we can’t even concentrate for longer than eight seconds. Based on my timing estimation, congrats on making it this far in the article!

As a small business owner with limited resources, it’s imperative to make good use of those eight seconds. Your employees are critical to your overall success, so training them properly and consistently inherently attributes to that success factor.

The question then becomes, how can you best make use of your time when training your employees? Answer: Microlearning.

People have their own preferred ways of learning things. Some of your employees might retain information better when it’s presented visually, while some need a hands-on approach. This is where the microlearning trend comes into play. There’s an increased availability of training options available, like DIY YouTube videos, and increased desire to digest things quickly.

Here are some reasons why this training option may be a good idea to consider for your small business.

What is Microlearning?

Microlearning is the idea of breaking down specific, targeted content into short learning activities. It’s content that your employees can consume at once and use the knowledge immediately. The term can refer to many aspects of training. Some include time to consume, type of content, amount of content, and how it’s distributed.

Bite-sized, action-based learning modules (called chicken nuggets) should be a part of your bigger training package. This supplemental learning is delivered in the form of short videos.

Pros and Cons of Microlearning

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