Earth, 21st Century; books are only read by old wise scholars, classrooms are gradually becoming obsolete, textbooks have been replaced by tablets, and I don’t even want to mention libraries…
I might have overreacted , but the point is that the way people are learning is changing. For example, Generation Z uses the internet and blog articles to educate themselves, while Generation Alpha can beat your high score on My Manufacturing Company before they even know how to read. Are they
geniuses? In part, yes, because they start to acquire knowledge before knowing how to read.
For instance, if your child watches “How It’s Made,” 20 minutes later they will know how to make rubber bands or whatever product is being featured on that episode. Newer generations are accustomed to learning from videos rather than books.
Therefore, the supply chain market needs to adopt this trend to avoid any labor shortage in the future by educating younger generations now on the supply chain labor market. If you look on Youtube or Spotify, you will find high quality videos and podcasts on supply chain topics; although they are not the most popular, they are a good start.
However, videos are not just a source of entertainment for children and teenagers, but also a great education tool for the current working generation. Personally, I love to listen to supply chain podcasts on Spotify on my way to work. I know they are not videos, but you still don’t have to read anything, right? Also, I attend webinars to gain new skills and knowledge.
By providing videos to train your new employees rather than the typical documentation, they will become operational quicker. For example, video feedback will be impactful in promoting your latest supply chain project results to your directors as it will make them feel like you are speak to them versus reading the results. Create webinars to educate your team about the new supply chain planning tool you just implemented as your team can self-train.
If you don’t have time to create videos or podcasts, you can always use other resources. For example, look at what your partners, suppliers or customers are doing; some of them have probably created relevant content for you and your team that you can utilize.
In short, the age of video learning is changing the way we acquire new skills and knowledge. Don’t you think it’s worth a shot?