Staying Functionally Flexible

Commercial industries are constantly changing, especially with the added challenges of the past year.  You already know this, and may have already experienced how drastic those changes can be, firsthand.  Especially with an ever-growing reliance on technology, your company is learning how to go with the flow of technology.  The way we are functioning as a society is changing—challenges, opportunities, and capabilities are shifting.   Employees entering the workforce are coming from a younger, tech savvy generation with the wherewithal and propensity to be trained in the format that they are most equipped to be trained with.  You know that technology isn’t going away, but it’s hard to maintain the constant fluctuation of tech developments in your industry.  How, in the face of constant change, can you remain flexible?

What Does It Mean to Stay Functionally Flexible?

The simplest way to define functional flexibility is to have a structure that is open to change.  However, that’s too simplified for you, so we define it as keeping curriculum and course content malleable by writing and creating content that is prepared to undergo future changes as is needed The “functional” part of it is keeping your curriculum and training programs useful and up-to-date throughout the changes; making sure that your curriculum is still held to a high standard even when it must adapt. 

How Do I Stay Functionally Flexible?

Remember your Objectives

We’ve said a million times, but what’s one more time?  The power of learning objectives cannot be overstated.  Keeping curriculum malleable will mean planning your learning objectives, from the get-go, in a way that will make them open to adaptation.  More than just initial planning, it goes without saying that if your curriculum changes, then so must the glue of your curriculum.  Knowing that your learning objectives will be the center of your course will give your mind some ease when you begin planning for changes, because you know exactly where to start.

Go Beyond the Book

Print employee handbooks are becoming a thing of the past.  They are inflexible, have multiple versions, and give you far more rigidity than your changing company needs.  For the sake of adaptation, your trainees, and the environment, minimize the need for print by seeking your resources and content on platforms that are more suited to the changes of technology.

Take Advantage of the Benefits

The updates of technology and increase in available resources puts the entire world of curriculum management at your disposal.  You have the means build the most incredible courses using all the learning styles, while maintaining information minimalism through the use of modern technology.  So, when the impending struggles of adaptation seem to overwhelm you, stop and think about how you can use those resources and changes to your benefit.

In the recent past, it has been hard to keep up with the sudden and continuous flow of changes that technology has brought about.  Today, though, the wide expanse of new digital landscapes has provided you with endless opportunities to build fantastic curriculum.  Just remember, you’re not the only one struggling with these constant changes, but you can make it easier on yourself.

Written by: Maddie Walter

Content Strategist