We live for modern conveniences, and one of them is eLearning. With eLearning, every part of the learning process is simplified. Universities and public schools are adopting the process, and businesses of all sizes are starting to gravitate towards digital education.
A lot of companies find that eLearning perfectly suits their needs, and your company might be among them.
1. Is Your Company Growing?
Growing companies see a lot of new hires. They expand their business and begin to innovate. Both scenarios require a lot of training. If you’re dealing with frequent recruiting cycles, training really adds up. It’s hard to coordinate, because you don’t want to wind up with an empty floor or untrained employees attempting to work among your seasoned experts. You’ll get the convenience you need through eLearning, where every part of training is individualized. Even if you only hire one employee, they’ll be equally as informed and capable as the rest of your staff.
2. Do You Promote From Within?
If your company prefers to promote from within, eLearning modules can be massively helpful. When you’re attempting to prepare an existing employee for a higher level position, all you need to do is stack new knowledge on top of the knowledge they already have. It’s not a ground-up process. You can conveniently educate soon-to-be-promoted employees through eLearning, and they can do it when they have the time. It won’t necessarily interfere with their productivity.
3. Do Your Employees Travel or Work Remotely?
One of the best things about eLearning is its portability. Since eLearning management systems are often cloud based, employees can learn from anywhere. This means travelling employees, as well as independent contractors or employees who telecommute, can get the exact same training as your in-house staff. It’s an excellent tool for consistency, and everyone can be held to the same standard.
4. Do Your Employees Require Specialty Training?
You might have some aspects of training that won’t apply to everyone. Things like safety and company policy, especially in their mandatory aspects, are easy to teach to everyone in your company at the same time. However, if you have certain employees who need to know a little more about specific aspects of the company, or develop special skills to effectively perform their duties, eLearning makes it easy to customize training for them. You can create main courses and hire someone to develop specialty courses based on the unique needs of your company.
5. What Does Your Training Budget Look Like?
In-person training sessions are thorough and effective – especially for people who prefer a hands-on learning environment. The only drawback to training environments like those is the amount of money that they cost. Out of most of training options, you’ll find that eLearning is the most economical. You don’t have to sacrifice on the quality of the material, it’s easy to access, and you won’t need to pay a trained instructor to come in all the time. Most companies working with limited training budgets find eLearning to be a panacea for their training needs. They save on training costs and are able to invest more money into other areas of their business, such as expansion.
How to Implement eLearning At Your Company
If you decide that eLearning is a great fit for your company, it’s easy to implement. It won’t necessarily replace all aspects of workplace learning and training, particularly if certain elements require hands on experience that can only be learned in the field, but it will drastically simplify most workplace learning processes.
All you need to get started is training material, which can be provided by a third party or created in-house, and devices to facilitate that learning. Most eLearning systems are cloud based and allow companies significant freedom in customization. Smartphones, tablets, and computers are great eLearning tools, and you can use the devices you already have in your office. Using devices that your employees are already familiar with will help ease the transition from traditional training methods to eLearning methods.
The only hard scheduling required for eLearning is a completion date. Since the materials will always be there when your employees need them, they can access them when they’ve finished a task early, while they’re between appointments, when they first come in, or before they leave. You only need to provide a deadline and be flexible with downtime before that date rolls around.
In short, most companies will find that even partial integration of eLearning is suitable. The savings in time and money are substantial, and the convenience it provides is unparalleled.
About the author:
Michelle Arios is a Project Manager and content creator at BizDb and Aubiz – online knowledge libraries containing valuable information about businesses in Oceania. Having to work with numerous teams has taught Michelle the importance of proper employee training which she now advocates and promotes. Feel free to reach out to her at @MichelleArios.