Understanding employee learning styles

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In order to build a high-performing team, learning and development are essential. Everyone processes information differently, and learning is no exception. Because no two people are alike, it’s critical to recognize the different employee learning styles on your team. Your staff will be more engaged with the new knowledge at hand if you personalize the delivery of content to different learning styles, resulting in a more productive learning session.


Why should you customize your workplace training?


Knowing your employees’ learning styles allows you to play to their strengths and allow them to learn in a way that they can understand. This implies that they’ll be putting what they’ve learnt into practice at a faster rate.

Although there are four primary types of learning styles, many people have two or even three. The VARK approach encompasses the most common learning styles.

Visual, auditory, read/write, and kinaesthetic learning modes are all included in the VARK technique.


What are the various learning styles among employees?


Visual Learners


Visual learners learn tasks and content by observing someone else do it before they try it themselves. They respond effectively to visual stimulation and learning materials, recalling information based on visual aspects they’ve seen. In the workplace, this can entail seeing someone demonstrate how to use a cash register and then trying it themselves.


Visual learners have the following characteristics:

  • They are frequently imaginative and can see difficult situations clearly
  • Graphs, mind maps, flashcards, and flow charts are excellent for visual learners
  • Taking notes is a good approach for visual learners to remember knowledge
  • Aesthetically pleasant or attractive situations might distract visual learners


Visual learning tactics include the following:

  • Videos with instructions
  • Photographs
  • Flashcards, flowcharts, and diagrams
  • Timelines
  • Notes and important information are highlighted
  • Visual stimulation is provided via color-coded notes and learning materials


Audible Learning


When information is explained in a step-by-step style, Audible learners grasp it. They learn best when they are given instructions and engaged in active discussions about the material. They also learn best when they debate ideas with others or actively listen to others speak, whether in a lecture, conversation, or presentation.


Auditory learners have the following characteristics:

  • Verbal instructions are well received and easily followed.
  • Talking through the task will help them understand it better.
  • They are good speakers and presenters.
  • When there is a distracting sound in the background, it is difficult to concentrate.


Here are some examples of audible learning:

  • Lectures
  • Sound recordings
  • Discussions in groups
  • Individual meetings


Reading and Writing Learners


Read and write learners learn by reading information or instructions and then writing it down in their own words. They are well-organized note-takers who can digest information by writing it down and re-reading it.


Reading and writing learners have the following characteristics:

  • When reading any learning materials, they take notes.
  • They like to read and write.
  • To organize their notes, they frequently use lists and categories.


The following are some examples of reading and writing skills:

  • Reading educational materials and taking notes
  • Sorting chores or lessons into categories and priority levels
  • Requesting that coworkers pore over notes and compress vital material to one page


Learning through touch


Kinaesthetic learners prefer a hands-on learning strategy that includes the use of all five senses — touch, sight, smell, sound, and taste. When a person completes the work alone, they learn more successfully, and they appreciate sessions that include group participation.

Kinaesthetic learners find it more difficult to learn when they are forced to sit through a lecture, but they learn more thoroughly when they are given a hands-on assignment. Long staff training sessions should be broken up into smaller, more consumable chunks. You should alter the learning environment for each of these sessions to help kinaesthetic learners keep their focus by moving to other rooms or going outside.


Kinaesthetic learners have the following characteristics:

  • In a traditional ‘classroom’ setting, they find it difficult to sit and study.
  • Moves about to learn.
  • They enjoy constructing things and are very hands-on.
  • When seated, they become restless.
  • Physically coordinated and generally athletic.


Examples of kinaesthetic learning include:

  • Demonstrations.
  • Simulations.
  • Real-life scenarios


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