In a world that is developing faster than we speak, employee needs have changed drastically. Besides salaries and benefits, employees are now looking for companies to provide a healthy environment for both personal and professional development.
Ever since the beginning of this decade, one of the main reasons employees consider leaving their current employer is due to a lack of development opportunities and improper training. When this happens, a business is not only losing talent but also money, which goes towards recruiting, prepping, and accommodating new employees.
Businesses now have all the technological means to help employees develop their skillset and turn them into assets for the company. This includes people working in the production line, as well as those working in management and applies especially now, during a global pandemic where traditional training has become difficult to carry on.
Today, we are taking a look at how eLearning can help companies improve their business, during, and after the biggest global pandemics, today’s world had to face.
Classroom training has become outdated
For a long time, employee training followed a classroom approach, but this kind of methodology no longer satisfies the needs of the modern employee. Due to the rise of eLearning, classroom training is becoming less and less effective in providing the kind of experience employees are seeking today.
Sitting in a classroom and listening to someone giving a lecture is tedious, boring, and no longer engaging, and when “students” are not engaged, they start to lose interest in what’s being taught to them.
Now, the modern employee wants a modern learning experience as well, which can include podcasts, videos, comprehensive presentations, online articles, and other types of digital content which is not provided by classroom training. What’s more, eLearning courses provide the opportunity to learn at one’s own time and pace, providing the flexibility employees need so much.
Constant access to training material helps employees deepen their knowledge, as they can go over a course as many times as they want to, without having to worry about traveling to the training site or changing their schedule to get there in time.
Benefits of corporate eLearning
There are endless benefits to eLearning for both employees and employers, but are companies aware of them? For example, online learning gives access to tailored classes that suit employee needs, while employers can monitor staff evolution and jump in when additional help is needed.
For employees, corporate eLearning can help by bringing a set of benefits, such as:
• Convenience: employees can access online courses at any time of the day, whether they have some hours to spare at the office, at home, or while commuting.
• Focus: because employees have access to courses all the time, they can split them into segments, making it much easier to maintain focus and process information.
• Flexibility: not everyone has the same learning style, and online learning helps fast learners go through the course much faster, while those who have a slower rhythm can complete the course in their own time, reducing frustration for both segments.
• Mobile-friendliness: it’s no secret that we spend a lot of time on our phones, so why not provide employees with the means to access training courses while waiting in line at the store?
• Simplicity: reading page after page or endless text is tedious, to say the least, but through an engaging video or infographic, for example, employees can master complicated subjects faster.
Employers can also profit tremendously from providing eLearning opportunities to their staff members:
• Removing physical barriers: with so many companies hiring remote staff, eLearning provides an online environment where employees from any region of the globe have the same chances of getting educated.
• Affordability: hiring a training staff is far more expensive than investing in an online platform where employees can find courses at their discretion. You don’t need designated office space, printed materials, or arranging travel to the training location for remote employees.
• Fast deployment: through a cloud-based learning library companies don’t have to worry about printing and distributing training materials to all employees, as they can be simply uploaded and made available for anyone to use right away.
• Boosts employee retention: surveys show 40% of employees who receive poor training will leave their position within the first 12 months, but when you invest in furthering their professional skills, their appreciation will increase their chances of staying with the company.
It takes a pandemic to help unlock the full potential of eLearning
All of the benefits discussed above have been strongly backed up by the global situation that goes on as we speak. The global COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting the work environment as we know it and moves in-person activities online. This means, if they want to keep navigating through these uncertain times, companies need to provide remote opportunities for corporate education as well.
Developing remote trading platforms to give employees access to courses and training materials has become a crucial task for businesses worldwide; one that goes far beyond technology. Besides a fully-functional eLearning platform, companies also need to constantly provide quality learning content.
It’s not enough to just upload past training courses or PowerPoint presentations, as they bring very little new knowledge to the table and provide poor results. Knowing where employees need help and instructing corporate learning officers to work closely with staff and identify their pain points will help develop comprehensive programs that can be easily tailored to one’s specific needs.
The current situation, dubbed as the world’s largest work-from-home experiment, is pushing corporate limits to develop online training platforms or improve their existing ones. This way, training for both new and old employees can continue even with shelter-in-place policies on the line.
As of right now, companies are not left with much to do but move training courses into online. However, as we move past this tumultuous period, businesses will hopefully learn how to combine eLearning with in-classroom experiences, to provide better learning approaches for employees.