What Are the 3 Biggest Causes of Learning Fatigue?

What Are the 3 Biggest Causes of Learning Fatigue?

Learning fatigue occurs when there’s an unfortunate combination of ineffective, one-size-fits-all training and a disengaged workforce expected to achieve all their learning goals under tight deadlines. This is obviously a huge problem for compliance training. When so much time, money, and effort is put into developing corporate training, learning fatigue can sabotage it all.

Learning fatigue affects how much compliance knowledge an employee can retain through training and therefore the success of the training.

The best way to avoid learning fatigue is to stop it at its source. So here are the 3 biggest causes of learning fatigue:

1. Total Training Time

nullIf employees don’t see value in training, they’ll be demotivated and see it as a waste of time. Traditional training approaches, and especially compliance training, often cause more harm than good.


It’s easy to see how fast learning fatigue can set in when employees must review the same long compliance course every year.

2. Tracking Training Effectiveness

Smile sheet feedback and test scores stored in a spreadsheet can only tell learning leaders, managers, and employees so much about the effectiveness of training.

Often, 80% is considered a passing grade for a training test. But how do you know where the knowledge gaps and misconceptions lie in that missing 20%? Are they core competencies? In the case of health and safety or compliance training, that 20% can be dangerous to employees or detrimental to a customer’s livelihood.

It can be discouraging to a learner to still have knowledge gaps after all that training. If, instead of testing, assessment was focused on filling gaps and fixing misconceptions by dynamically adjusting the training it would be a much more effective use of time.

3. One-Size-Fits-None Learning

One-size-fits-all e-learning was meant to solve the training at scale problem. While e-learning allows more employees to access training than ever before, it’s doesn’t have the ability to adjust to the needs of the individual learner and therefore works against engaged learning. That’s when e-learning better resembles one-size-fits-none learning.

One-size-fits-none e-learning annoys employees rather than motivating them to learn, and it makes important compliance training feel less engaging and more like a mandatory check-the-box exercise.

Corporate Training With Less Fatigue

Adaptive Learning avoids these three factors of learning fatigue because it offers quantifiably effective training, faster, and personalizes to every learner. Find out about other problems with corporate learning - and how Adaptive Learning can solve them - with this ebook.

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