Online learning platforms benefit your business. Company leaders often struggle to balance day-to-day business goals with workforce development initiatives. Pressing pause on productivity to conduct training sessions feels counterintuitive. You want people working, not listening to lectures!
Fortunately, business leaders don’t have to choose between productivity and employee training anymore. New and emerging online learning platforms help leaders actually increase productivity goals by having a well-educated and connected workforce.
Here’s how it works: training managers use an online learning platform to assign self-paced training courses to employees. Self-paced training is asynchronous, meaning it is taken at a convenient time for each individual employee. It’s not live, so it doesn’t disrupt their workflow or team projects. As an added benefit, if an employee is struggling with a concept or skill, they won’t hold up the rest of the group. A struggling employee can navigate the material at their own pace and return to any section as many times as they need to.
Online learning platforms do more than just enable operational stability; they also offer newly-trained employees a chance to quickly begin applying their skills and contribute to business goals. In a traditional training scenario, a training manager would have to schedule a day (or longer) to have a team of employees trained on a topic. Trying to coordinate an employee training day can lead to weeks or months of delays. With online learning platforms, training managers assign a course as soon as it is created and begin ramping up employees immediately. The agility gained by using an online learning platform results in faster return for the entire business.
Online learning platforms are also extremely valuable with a mobile or remote workforce. For example, the Versal course creator automatically converts desktop content into a mobile-ready format. Employees access the training courses from their smartphones and tablets with the same ease as they would on a desktop. So, let’s say you have 50 retail stores that often hire new floor sales reps. Instead of sending the new employee to a training facility, the person can take training courses at the store and have colleagues and managers available if they have questions. Mobile training eliminates even more barriers for companies with a large number of remote workers.
There are long-term benefits to using an online learning platform, too. Training managers no longer need to manually track enrollment or course completion. The platform does it all for them. Most online learning platforms also store the training courses indefinitely. If a business ever needs to revise or retrain a topic, the courses remain easily accessible. This is especially helpful for small-to-medium sized companies that manage infrequent or annual courses (e.g. ethics, corporate policies, or sexual harassment).
The struggles of balancing business goals and workforce development goals are a thing of the past. The future of training is agile, mobile, and checklist-free. Schedule a demo of Versal today to learn more about how our online learning platform can benefit your organization.