Engagement within organizational learning and training programs is vital to employees’ overall career growth and company retention. Simply put, if programs are hard to access, not personalized to the learner’s style and are not engaging - employees will fail to develop skillsets that can set your organization apart from the rest. Worse, they may be so disengaged that they don’t produce quality work and are out the door weeks later.
As an organization, it’s important to invest in employee training in order to give more value and purpose to their jobs. The best way to create real engagement with learning and training is to offer courses that are digital. Why? Below are five reasons why your organization should offer training content online.
1. Learners can create their own pace
First, by making training content available online, it creates more accessibility for employees to set their own schedule and pace of completing the program. Many training companies have programs where employees can download the information, allowing them to skip sections they are well versed on and focus more heavily on new information they need to learn. The goal of any learning program is better retention of knowledge and when learners can create their own pace, it eliminates being rushed to complete a timed assignment.
2. Benefits of mobilization and BYOD
Adding mobilization to training and elearning has had a very positive impact for employees. In this day and age, Millennial workers expect to use their own devices for work. TrainingIndustry.com reported that 45% of Millennials expect to use personal smartphones for work purposes. When content is online, it’s important that organizations also work to make it mobile friendly and have the ability to access the content on the employee’s own devices. This not only increases learning engagement, but allows access to information anytime and anywhere. Tools that can be used immediately help employees continually learn outside of the office environment.
3. Tracking progress
Another great aspect of online training content is that learners can track their progress and see how far they’ve come. Lectures, training videos and printed handouts given in meetings don’t offer the same sort of tracking or application of the skill. Christopher Pappas, founder of The eLearning Industry’s Network explains, 'One of the most challenging aspects of traditional training courses is tracking learner progress. This is particularly true for offline training courses that rely solely on printed learning materials. However, online training courses that feature downloadable online training content offer the best of both worlds. Corporate learners have the power to view the materials offline, but they can also sync back up with the online training course to monitor their progress.' Instant feedback is vital to a successful learning program and can help the employee better understand where they need to make improvements.
4. Reduces training costs
By producing training content online and having learners create their own pace/schedules, organizations can eliminate on-site instructors or, better yet, wasteful training meetings that happen during the workday. With more engaging online content, businesses can get a better ROI on their training programs. In addition, online training can open the door to additional online training resources employees can use. This, in the end, can help increase skills and retain knowledge.
5. Better job application
Lastly, online training content can help employees develop better job application with the skills they learned. The engagement online courses bring should result in employees remembering key aspects and storing the information in their long term memory. This then can help employees develop better job application and boost their overall on-the-job performance. When employees can see themselves applying the skills they learned on the job, it will help them grow confidence and be more motivated to produce great work.
As mentioned before, when employees see the company taking the time to adequately train them, the more valued and appreciated they’ll feel with the company. Furthermore, when an employee feels truly valued, the more loyalty they’ll have with the organization and less likely they’ll leave for another job.
All in all, there are many added benefits to moving a training and learning program online. Look for ways to implement online learning courses so you can continue to build a skilled workforce and a culture of learning.