The popularity of e-learning is on the rise, and it’s little wonder when you consider the many benefits it has for businesses across a range of sectors. Increasingly, companies in the healthcare sector are implementing e-learning capabilities into their intranet software to manage staff training needs and ensure that all staff have the knowledge they need to carry out their roles. The start of a new year is the perfect time to introduce e-learning to your workplace, but why should you do so and what are some of the main benefits for healthcare employees?
1. Flexibility and accessibility
E-learning is becoming increasingly popular in the education and healthcare sectors, which could be due to the long and unconventional hours often worked by staff in these industries. When you’re working all day and all night, it can be hard to find the time to attend traditional classes. E-learning’s flexibility means that courses and training modules can be completed at any time, anywhere, courtesy of the digital workplace. So employees could be studying whilst at home, at work or even on public transport. Most software can be easily accessed on a laptop, smartphone or tablet, too.
2. It’s more effective than traditional learning
There have been many studies carried out into the efficacy of e-learning, and there are those who feel that because the information available is so accessible, it must somehow be inferior to ‘traditional’ learning. A report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2015 showed that wasn’t the case. In fact, it revealed that e-learning was just as effective as, if not more than, traditional learning for employees in the healthcare industry. With audio and video files, text, images, workbooks and online discussions, employees are able to learn at their own pace and interact with one another, ensuring they aren’t missing out on anything they would receive in a traditional classroom setting.
3. It’s adaptable to any learning style
Some people learn by listening or reading, whilst others learn visually – which type of learner are you? No matter which you are, e-learning contains audio files, images, video and text, so it is accessible by all types of learners. Because you can study at your own pace and take breaks as and when you need to, there is no need for students who are ready to move on to wait for others, or for slower learners to feel rushed. This is especially important in the healthcare sector, as the information provided in training is so important. If it is not being properly absorbed than there is the risk staff won’t provide proper patient care.
4. It can be used in combination with classroom learning
Using e-learning and training software doesn’t have to be the only way you train your employees. In fact, e-learning is usually most effective when used in combination with classroom learning, which may help to consolidate employees’ skills. Staff will be provided with a customisable learning portal and an individual learning path which will record their training records. This makes it easy for HR to track an employee’s training progress, and predefined learning paths can be set so that employees have goals to work towards. By using e-learning in combination with classroom learning, healthcare companies can save money too.
5. It’s cost-effective
If there’s one thing companies in the healthcare sector know, it’s that any form of training has to be cost-effective to be a practical choice. By using an e-learning platform, you can reduce the costs associated with traditional classroom training, such as hiring a venue, creating and printing learning materials, providing a catered lunch, travel and so on. The healthcare industry moves fast and so regular updates to training materials are required, which can be time consuming, not to mention costly! By using an online platform for e-learning, companies can save money on producing and printing training materials.
6. It ensures the latest information is available
As we mentioned in the last point, information is constantly being revised and updated in the healthcare industry, which means training materials need to keep pace. There’s no good providing classroom training for your employees with materials printed a decade ago! With e-learning, it’s quick, easy and cost-effective to update training materials in real time, ensuring your employees are learning the latest procedures and getting the right information to enable them to carry out their jobs effectively.
As you can see, there are many benefits of e-learning for companies in the healthcare sector, and we’ve touched on just a few. As we enter 2018, it couldn’t be a better time to think about your staff training needs and consider investing in e-learning and training software which will make it easier to manage your employee training throughout the year. From saving money to ensuring that training is accessible to all types of learners, why not consider what e-learning could do for your business this year?