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How Manufacturers Can Use Digital Tools to Enhance Employee Training

Manufacturers often face challenges with the delayed transition in onboarding, training, and performance maintenance. If you use outdated employee onboarding practices, it can negatively impact your ability to recruit and retain employees. This is often due to employees struggling to operate equipment, understand corporate systems or meet production targets. Benefits of Integrating Digital Tools into Employee Training To better tackle these challenges, manufacturers should consider integrating digital tools into their employee training processes. Tablets and cell phones, for example, offer a convenient and effective way to train new workers on how to use equipment and understand the manufacturer's operations. Digital tools provide a more engaging way to learn, making it easier for employees to retain and recall the information required to carry out their job roles effectively. Engaging digital content can also boost employees' confidence levels, increasing job satisfaction and reducing the likelihood of turnovers. Examples of Digital Tools in Employee Training There are several digital tools commonly used in employee training, including interactive eLearning modules, virtual reality, gamification, and mobile learning applications. Each tool has its specific use case, and manufacturers should choose the tools that fit their objectives and employee learning preferences. For example, eLearning modules are ideal for explaining complex processes and providing step-by-step guides for equipment and system use. Virtual reality can provide interactive simulations of worksites and hazardous environments, reducing employee risk while increasing knowledge retention. Gamification engages learners with game-like elements to incentivize performance and retention, while mobile learning applications provide bite-sized interactive content that is accessible at any time. Best Practices for Manufacturers When implementing digital training tools, manufacturers should consider the following best practices:

  • Define training objectives and align digital content to meet them

  • Adopt a user-centric approach to ensure employees are engaged

  • Use a blended approach with traditional and digital content to make sure your content is comprehensive

  • Consider the technical capabilities of the workforce and ensure that all employees have access to necessary equipment and know-how.\


The manufacturing industry relies heavily on technology. Developments in microelectronic, information and organization technologies have led to a host of innovations which are radically reshaping the industry. Procuring high-quality equipment and technology is critical to ensuring production of goods meet the needs and expectations of customers. However, purchasing equipment requires a large cash outlay and limits flexibility in pursuing other business investments. Leasing is a budget-friendly option, as it requires little or no investments up-front. For more information on how your company can benefit, please contact to get in touch!


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