“E-learning is a big umbrella that covers a lot of opportunity. The model works.”
The competitive job-market these days demands constant learning and development. To keep up with the pace, it has become imperative for the organizations to organize training and learning opportunities on a regular basis that enhance their skills and offer opportunities for growth at the same time. Plus, such opportunities keep employees ‘engaged’ in the workplace and they are able to perform better.
However, for employees to actively participate in the training programs, it is important that top managers make these interesting and interactive. Long hours of lectures can turn employees off causing them to ignore such programs. Here’s where e-learning comes into play. In today’s environment where advancement and efficiency are crucial, the benefits of online learning outweigh those of classroom learning greatly.
Here’s a breakdown of a few advantages organizations can gain from implementing an e-learning training platform.
Improvised Performance and Productivity
Knowledge has no bars and earning is a continuous process. Hence employees and trainees are always looking for growth prospects. E-learning allows employees to evolve to speed on new processes. The time consuming nature of the traditional training methods takes away the valuable time that could otherwise be utilized in working.
On the contrary, online training management systems allow employees to participate at any time irrespective of whether they are (workplace or home). Thus, employees can concentrate easily on time-sensitive or other important job tasks. In addition, e-leaning platforms let employees revisit key information when needed, i.e., anywhere, anytime.
Better Knowledge Retention
Learning with a blended approach that has a variety of delivery methods is always interesting. This approach results in better knowledge retention and therefore including e-learning in any training and development program is proven to be beneficial. Moreover, there are a number of features available in online learning that aid learners retain knowledge more effectively.
With online learning, the need for classroom learning is reduces which further minimizes the cost of training and development for employees. Since the study material and guides are stored online, these can be used by other learners on different devices. This also helps a lot in saving money. By practicing learning and development through e-learning, organizations can reduce costs in the long run.
Convenient and Flexible
Online learning has no boundaries. The ease of accessibility that allows employee to participate from anywhere-anytime is one of the key advantages of e-learning. Gathering a whole team of employees together in one place is a tedious task. On the contrary, online learning eliminates a lot of energy spent in such coordination and management. In short, e-learning offers management as well as employees more flexibility to complete vital “just-in-time” training with changing requirements.
Easy Access to Latest Information
Referring back to hand-written notes taken during training sessions isn’t the most effective way to retain information. E-learning, on the other hand, helps employee access important resources any time they encounter a difficult situation taking paper out of the equation altogether. So, saves trees too!
Feeling engaged and connected to the workplace is an important factor for any employee development strategy to succeed. While learning is a continuous process, technology-aided learning has now made it possible to provide the learner constant access to training, anytime and anywhere. Thus, it can now be said that we are closer to reaping the advantages of employee development through strategic thinking and incorporating innovative ideas.