Five Reasons Why Short Videos are Essential for Online Truck Driver Training

Micro-learning Videos Benefit Employee Online Training

As a safety manager, do you feel overwhelmed coordinating safety meetings? You’re not alone. From ensuring training materials are correct to coordinating drivers’ schedules and ensuring documentation; the task can be monumental. This coordination is not only hard work, but it also takes time away from other business-critical items.

There is a better way.

Online training eliminates many of the headaches safety managers experience coordinating safety meetings. Many companies found switching to online training is a better way. It not only eliminates tracking down drivers who missed traditional in-person safety meetings, but it’s also a method many drivers prefer over Saturday morning meetings, during their home time.

“Instead of having to pull drivers off the road for routine safety talks, they can receive updates on both timely topics like CSA BASICS, FMCSA, and PHMSA, and relevant topics like OSHA, either from their home-based computers or from laptops with internet connectivity. Not only

have the training programs been well received by our drivers, they have also helped increase productivity and equipment utilization, allowing the drivers to spend more time on the road and less time in the classroom.”

Douglas R. Carothers, Manager, EH&S Compliance Programs, Action Resources

If you’re on the fence about switching to online training, consider these five reasons why moving to a learning management system, like the Infinit-I Workforce System, is beneficial for your business.

  1. Micro-learning works!

    In the world of e-learning, micro-learning is a big topic of discussion. Micro-learning involves breaking training into small, easily-consumed segments. Statistics around micro-learning are impressive. A Gallup meta-study found the use of online micro-learning results in better profitability for companies. Short videos also produce better productivity and lower employee turnover. Micro-learning also ensures information is retained better.

  2. Long videos (and long meetings) aren’t effective.

    Attention spans are on the decline. Our culture is full of distractions. According to several recent studies, the average adult attention span is less than five minutes. For Millennials, it’s even lower. According to a recent Microsoft study, Millennials have an eight-second attention span. That’s certainly not enough time to absorb any sort of meaningful training—however; short, engaging videos can reach Millennials. But don’t try to keep a younger driver’s attention for too long, or you’ll find that their training will not be effective.

  3. Video works for trainingas well as in-person meetings.

    For many who grew up prior to the internet age, in-person meetings were always an effective way to get things done. It may seem counter-intuitive that online video training can be as good as, or better than, in-person training meetings, but studies have shown time and again that online video training works — in some cases better than in-person meetings.

    A study by the Aberdeen Group found companies that utilize video training, specifically micro-learning, are more likely to achieve their organizational goals. These companies are more likely to have engaged employees, are more likely to fill key positions internally, and are more likely to retain employees longer.

  4. Everyone has their own device.

    According to the Pew Research Center, 95 percent of all Americans own a mobile phone. Seventy-seven percent of all Americans own a smartphone. It’s highly likely every driver you employ has a smartphone or tablet. Drivers want to do training on their own devices. Using a platform like the Infinit-I Workforce System enables your drivers to learn anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected device.

    The Infinit-I Workforce System has been designed from the ground-up to be compatible with virtually every device.

  5. Drivers are mobile. Training should be, too.

    When your drivers aren’t on the road, you are losing money. Period. Taking drivers off the road for training meetings is counterproductive and an inefficient way to run a trucking fleet. Providing short videos drivers can use to meet training requirements at their convenience makes both drivers and safety directors happy.

In a recent webinar, our client Jay Winegardner, CEO of Truck One said training his team is easy with the Infinit-I Workforce System for Trucking. Winegardner said even his older truck drivers had very little trouble adapting to the micro-learning format of the program. Winegardner said the vast content library, 800+ videos and growing, allows him to customize the training into a perfect fit for his drivers.

He also said the Infinit-I Workforce System is the easiest way to consistently communicate to his drivers. The system’s process for adding user-created content is simple, even for the most computer-averse executives. And the team behind the Infinit-I Workforce System is always there to help.

Bottom line, if you are in the trucking industry and aren’t using a micro-learning-based video training program, you are wasting time and money. Learning management systems, like the Infinit-I Workforce System, eliminate the need to coordinate in-person training meetings, streamline training documentation, and make management’s life easier. This is in addition to improved CSA scores and insurability, which are the byproducts of the system.

If you haven’t seen the Infinit-I Workforce System, book a demo today to see firsthand how micro-learning can change the way you think about training.

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