Nearly half of corporatetrainers say they modify their training practices to cater to GenZ.(Photo: iStock)

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Gen Z isn't like earlier generations, challenging corporatetrainers to find ways to boost their engagement in the workplace.

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That's according to the annual Kahoot! EdTrends Report for Corporate Trainers,which says that, among other things, Gen Z workers “expect the best technology inthe workplace for all purposes.” That can make it tough onemployers who are behind the curve in updating workplace technology, as well as the HRpersonnel who have to train them and keep them engaged.

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Nearly half of corporate trainers say they modify their trainingpractices to cater to GenZ, with the top three changes beingprovision of more interactive, hands-on training, gamification of training, and increased usageof mobile devices.

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GenZ isn't shy about saying how they want to be trained, either;62 percent of trainers said GenZ employees prefer using mobileapps, and 48 percent picked online tools. Training with videos andsocial media are also big winners for GenZ workers, with 39 percentand 34 percent of trainers, respectively, choosing theseoptions.

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Still, traditional training methods—in classrooms—are still bigwith corporate trainers, despite the fact that even half ofnon-GenZ workers saying that they'd rather be trained viagamification or game-based learning methods. In addition, 42percent say they want to be trained on the job, thus favoringhands-on learning.

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Non-GenZ workers also said they'd like to change companytraining methods to include more hands-on and interactive training,flexibility in training and more time for training.

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Even the way trainers measure training results is evolving.According to the report, trainers are coming up with moresophisticated ways of measuring learning outcomes, with a total of72 percent saying they measure either by using reports andanalytics, through a Learning Management System, or some other way.But that group lags behind the percentage of trainers (85 percent)that use information measurement methods, such as conductingsurveys or informal discussions.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.