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Intelligent Strategies for Employee Training and Development

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Employee training and development is a broad term covering multiple kinds of employee learning.

Employee training is a program that helps employees learn specific knowledge or skills to improve performance in their current roles. Employee development is more expansive and focuses on employee growth and future performance, rather than an immediate job role.

Hiring top talent takes time and money, and how you engage and develop that talent from the time they are first onboarded impacts retention and business growth. According to the 2019 Workplace Learning Report from LinkedIn, 82% of L&D professionals say that their executives actively support employee engagement in professional learning, and 59% say they will spend more on their online learning budget.

And it’s not just about retention. Employee training and development programs directly impact your bottom line.

According to SHRM, the link between learning and business success is compelling. “Companies that learn fastest and adapt well to changing environments perform the best over time,” says Edward Hess, a professor of business administration and author.


High-impact training* and development programs don’t just happen. They are the result of careful planning. The following steps can help you translate business objectives into a tailored training plan.

  1. Identify Business Impact: Design and develop your training to meet the company’s overall standards and goals.
  2. Analyze Skill Gaps:  By finding out what the gaps are between employees’ current and ideal skills, you can better pinpoint what your specific learning objectives should be. Categorize these learning objectives into these three groups, and have activities in your training plan that target all three.

    • Motivation:  Help learners understand why they need to change their behaviors? By working with employee motivations–for example, pinpointing a purpose–you’re more likely to change behavior over the long term.
    • Skills Mastery: What do your learners need to be able to do the job? These behaviors will have the most impact on performance.
    • Critical Thinking: What must your learners know to perform their jobs well? Distinguish critical knowledge from nice-to-know information to identify what content should be in the course, and what should be in optional resources.

  3. Layer Training Methods:  A layered approach is the best of all worlds because it blends learning experiences and training methods that maximize the benefits of your time.


The goal in training and developing employees is to improve your employees’ job performance and ultimately your bottom-line. There are many considerations for supervisors when choosing a method to train employees:

  • Previous knowledge 
  • Learning styles
  • Integrating organizational standards
  • Producing content specific to your business
  • Customization for specific job roles
  • Consistency across various departments
  • Maintaining employees engagement
  • Track progress


AAP’s Learning Management System (LMS) simplifies learning and provides a robust learning system that can be accessed anytime, anywhere.

Human Resources, frontline supervisors, and team leaders can create and track online training, personalized for your business. Learning is self-paced and includes gamification elements to keep learners engaged.

With a visually intuitive interface, AAP's LMS makes learning more accessible to everyone on your team. You can also assign courses and paths to employees based on roles and individual needs, or assign a course to an entire team instantly.

AAP's LMS allows you to easily upload your own content and provide user-friendly courses across your entire organization. Employees can add courses and paths to their own dashboard with a single click. Set up teams and assign coursework to everyone on a certain team. It’s also easy to create a custom course for a specific team.

Create your own paths, quizzes, and certifications that meet the needs of your organization. Certificates will sync into the LMS system for an easy view of course progression. You can also create personalized and custom content, which includes access to a library of 150 training videos on topics, such as compliance, business skills, workplace safety, and management.

You can further expand your learning management system with the content marketplace, available with the LMS. Within the content marketplace, you’ll have access to a library of over 50,000 courses on a wide range of topics. Preview and find the courses that fit with the needs of your organization in the style and format you
want. Many of the courses within this library are available in multiple languages (i.e. Spanish, French, and more) and include written materials for visual learners.

No need for an additional third-party solution, you now have a powerful training tool that’s integrated with your payroll platform!  For more information on LMS email AAP at