The Ultimate Guide to Training Millennials

You’re building a team of passionate, committed employees in an awesome company culture. Your work environment is spot on, and every team member is engaged, enthused and ready to produce great work- or so you thought. Despite all the positive efforts your company is taking to create an ideal workplace, you’re continuing to lose great employees somewhere between the recruitment and “settling in” stages. So, what gives? Before taking the losses personally, it’s important to step back and identify the generation your employees are coming from. Chances are, you’re losing millennials– and more than likely, it’s because your company training isn’t relative to them at all.   First off, what Millennial characteristics effect their learning?  Short attention spans. Millennials have always had to dig through cluttered landscapes to find value- they tend to seek information in short bursts and ignore “noise”. Technology is a Millennials’ best friend. Technology and mobility are inherent in the life of a Millennial. Prefer collaborative/social spaces. This generation loves collaboration, feedback, interactivity and they’re socially driven. Value and task oriented. They have strong values and parallel them to many aspects of life, especially work and learning. In addition, they have a task oriented disposition, rather than time oriented. Time doesn’t dictate their workday- projects do.   Why should your company change training for just one group? Why? Well, simply put, they are your company’s future workforce. By 2025, 3 out of every 4 workers globally will be Millennials.   Traditional training tactics get a Millennial spin  Here are some examples of a few classic training techniques, why they aren’t reaching your Millennial employees and...

XanEdu Receives $8.1M in Funding to Extend Secure Mobile Content Delivery Platform into Corporate Learning, Higher Education, and K-12 Markets

Ann Arbor, Mich. – XanEdu, a leader in learning content customization and mobile delivery, today announced $8.1 Million in funding from new and existing investors including Plymouth Ventures and Superior Capital Partners. This new investment comes as XanEdu extends its platform for secure mobile content customization and delivery to meet growing demand in the corporate learning and development, higher education, and K-12 markets. “Across these business and education markets we see a rapidly-growing need for a secure and easy-to-deploy solution to the challenge of making learning content more accessible and more relevant,” said John DeBoer, XanEdu CEO. “Learning and skills acquisition are now on-going, lifelong imperatives for companies and individuals who wish to remain competitive and relevant in today’s economy.  As students and professionals work harder to stay in step, they are demanding content that is efficiently tailored to their learning needs and available on demand via the mobile devices that are central to their lives. Simultaneously, organizations are seeking more cost-effective ways to deliver learning content while improving learning outcomes.  XanEdu’s platform has been designed to meet these needs while enabling rapid deployment and assuring content security.” Investors are equally confident in the success of secure mobile content delivery and are aware of the overwhelming need for this technology as our society moves to a mobile world. “We recognize XanEdu’s unique ability to grow their already-strong position in higher education and extend their brand into the massive corporate learning and development and K-12 markets,” said Mark Horne, Managing Partner of Plymouth Ventures and XanEdu’s Chairman.  “Of the millions of higher education learners XanEdu has served during the last...