The internet has changed and improved workplaces. Problems which impeded communication and collaboration in the past, such as employers working remotely or in different offices, can now be overcome through intelligent intranet software features enabling discussion (even face to face) in real time. Companies with a requirement to deliver training regularly, particularly those with a large number of employees, could benefit from building e-learning into their digital workplace. E-learning software has myriad benefits for employers. We’ve put together a list of our top 8:
1. Reduced costs for the business
Before internet e-learning solutions were available, trainers and staff were required to travel long distances in order to attend training or conferences. Now, training can be delivered in convenient forms at an employees’ desk or even in their homes. As well as reducing costs for employee transport and accommodation, this method of delivery means that employees can complete training at a time that suits them. Sometimes, in-person training is at inconvenient times which disrupts the best running of the business, coming at a further cost. Running training via the internet means no opportunities are missed.
2. Training can be more engaging and effective
Not everyone is a naturally entertaining and engaging public speaker. And yet, when training on a certain topic is required, the subject specialist is required to step up. This can mean an inconsistent approach to training and varying degrees of success in employee learning and retention. E-learning modules, in contrast, can be designed for, and tailored to, different employee groupings. Training can be brought to life with gamification, interaction and personalisation. Your employees will thank you for taking a modern and refreshing approach to their learning and you will benefit from their improved results.
3. Employees can access e-learning 24/7
21st-century workers look for flexibility, variety and the opportunity to work on their own terms. The digital workplace is contributing to a greater sense of freedom for many workers, including those who work from home or on alternative hours. Making training available online allows employees to decide their own schedules and access them at any time of the day or night.
4. Greater transparency
Many intranet software platforms allow for enhanced analytics relating to e-learning modules, showing, for example, results from pop quiz-style tests, time spent in game-play, and speed of responses. In doing so, they allow employers to identify members of staff who might need greater support in a given area. Reports can show participation and engagement, as well as long-term improvements. This is particularly useful for learning and development teams who wish to demonstrate the value of an initiative to external stakeholders, such as management.
5. Provides employees with ongoing access
Traditional learning techniques involve real-time delivery of a training topic with minimal follow-up or practice work. While immediate benefits appear high, long-term improvement and learning from employees can wane over time. E-learning modules make long-term retention far easier. Slides, learning packs and revision quizzes and questions can be made available in interactive or downloadable forms for employees to access and refresh themselves as regularly as they wish.
6. Encourages autonomy and independence
As the pace of growth and change in industry accelerates, key skills and aptitudes among star employees include the ability to grow through self-directed learning. The best individuals are self-aware and able to identify when they could benefit from further knowledge or training. Making e-learning materials available via intranet software encourages this type of thinking and makes for independent and self-motivated employees.
7. Perfect for your growing business
Training employees in person is simple and, sometimes, cost-effective for small groups, but as your business grows, this can become unwieldy. A huge advantage of e-learning modules is that they can be duplicated and scaled across large numbers of employees at any time. For international organisations, training can be adapted and produced in multiple languages, an efficient approach to training that means there is no need to re-create the whole programme. Instead of having to find appropriate staff or third party trainers to meet each new group of employees, intranet software modules can be rolled out quickly and simply to new personnel.
8. Reduces your environmental impact
The reduction in the need for travel, for training personnel and employees alike, means a smaller environmental impact for each new programme. Minimising printing also has a beneficial impact on the environment; all staff can have a copy of training materials without the need to expend energy and resources on producing physical copies.
All in all, e-learning provides employers and employees with new, refreshing methods of learning and training delivery. It increases engagement, improves flexibility and reduces overall cost. It’s a no-brainer for most businesses. An e-learning solution can have a wealth of positive benefits.