Training is big business. Last year, $83B was spent in the US on training. For bankers, mobile banking training is one of the most important areas. So, we focus on that today.
Many of you may have spent a bundle launching all the latest digital banking tools, particularly to woo more millennials and GenZers. Yet, older customers often seek help trying to figure out how to use them. Is your staff equipped to support your customers on these technical advancements?
It's critical to train your staff not only on how to navigate each digital product and service you launch, but also how each tool can truly help the customer.
One NJ institution has formalized its frontline staff training, dubbed Certified Digital Banker program. The seven-week classroom and online program teaches employees about the institution's digital offerings, as well as the fintech tools that can involve the bank -- like Venmo. If a bank staffer can't help a customer get money from Venmo transferred to their account, the customer may just find another bank to link to Venmo.
If you don't have the resources for such a formal program, take advantage of vendors that offer online courses, virtual classroom training, live webinars or onsite training. Particularly useful training is online and on-demand -- easily accessible as time permits. Each time your institution rolls out a new digital product or service, you could roll out a short lesson (one to two hours). These videos can measurably help-- employee confidence is boosted, support times and costs are reduced, and customer adoption is ultimately increased.
But to truly be successful, you need to go beyond training programs and develop a learning culture. This particularly helps if you're routinely updating digital products and services, as possible resistance to change can build up within your staff.
We found some ways to do this:
- Give employees ample time to play around with the new digital tools, allowing them to experiment and if necessary, even fail during the first few times until they get it. This way, they not only may be more sympathetic to the customers needing help, but can also likely troubleshoot better from experience. Institutions can also designate co-workers as mentors, so employees can be less afraid to seek help.
- Gamify the learning process, and reward employees for winning challenges. Treat them to lunch-and-learns, where mentors can also be rewarded for leading them.
- Reward employees even further by recognizing their learning efforts during performance reviews.
Digital banking is a necessity in today's world. But, so is technical support. Make sure your institution has both!