The benefits of eLearning for organisations is something we have already addressed in some detail. We already know that they are cheaper, more efficient, and more appealing to customers than more old-fashioned methods.
Today we’re looking at the benefits of elearning for employee training and development. Specifically, how it can improve and streamline your onboarding process.
For Many companies’ this is no different to how it would have been in the 50s. Welcome a new member of staff, show them around the building, introduce them to their coworkers, give them a rundown of the company, and get them started training for their position. Why, in such a high-tech modern world, are we still stuck with this?
An amazing application of elearning for Staff Training uses it to make sure that the key players in your company -yourself, your supervisors, managers, and senior employees- can be all places at all times. By putting your shared knowledge and expertise into a simple eLearning system, you can leave employees to uptake important information and apply it to work, in their own time.
A huge benefit of this is the time everyone saves. Thinking about it, does the employee really need someone to hover over them, pointing out all the ways of using their new software? Or would they benefit more from one of the convenient walkthroughs and rundowns available? This way everyone’s time is better spent.
What is more, when tours and training are done by fallible humans with hundreds of tasks to complete, they can end up a bit of a mess. Maybe the person doing the training forgets a crucial aspect. Maybe the tour is rushed. Maybe the employee just forgets something. And then they’re stranded. But with an eLearning solution, all employees receive a consistent training experience, which is thorough, which they can go through in their own time, and which they can watch again and again if they ever forget anything.
Giving your employees a meaningful agenda doesn’t just boost productivity, it also increases their well being. People like feeling purposeful, as though they’re making a difference, as though they matter. It’s hard to feel like you matter when you have nothing to do for the first week, because you’re waiting for someone to show you the ropes. And employee welfare matters to the company. With lower turnover of staff, better-trained staff, and easy access to training materials and updates, your company’s activities becomes more streamlined.
Finally, a more streamlined, uniform system improves quality and equality in the workplace. In a day and age where it can be hard to tell people with learning difficulties, or who are going through a tough time, apart from people making excuses, this uniform system is an excellent way of sorting the wheat from the chaff. Because eLearning is so accessible, all of your staff have an equal opportunity to make use of it. Which means the only guy who isn’t up to date on, say, the latest delivery policies, is the lazy guy who you don’t need on your team.
So if you feel that your employee turnover is too high, and that your employees aren’t performing as well as they could, perhaps you need to consider an update to your onboarding process.