Being a training manager isn’t easy. There are so many things on your plate, from paperwork to employee engagement activities, from onboarding to employee upskilling.
But regardless of whether you work for a small business or a large enterprise, you can leverage the full power of eLearning to boost employee performance, encourage team spirit and ensure that everyone is compliant with industry and workplace regulations. And by corporate eLearning, we mean systemic and organized employee training that you’ll get with the help of a learning management system (LMS).
An LMS is an online platform where you, as an administrator, can upload courses and other training materials, enroll employees, give assignments and track how employees are progressing. But if you look at the root, an LMS can be so much more than the sum of these activities. This article details some of the benefits you can get from a modern LMS.
1. Training Is in Good Hands
It’s not uncommon for companies to have inconsistent training. They either launch it sporadically to put out fires related to team or business processes, or don’t go beyond the surface level. Instructor-led training (ILT) sessions, even for workers in the same category, may differ significantly. It goes without saying that providing the same learning experience for company branches on-site is challenging as well.
If you don’t want employees or entire local offices to fall out of their workflows and lack competence, an LMS is the right option. With this system, you can streamline training and develop personnel in a consistent manner, no matter how big or small your organization is. You don’t need to check up on things manually — just set up the LMS once and training processes will run like clockwork.
For example, you can specify a particular set of product knowledge courses for your sales team or assign induction courses to new hires in the same manner. Learners will be able to get proper training anytime and anywhere, even when out of the office, and you’ll be able to see who completed training in real time.
2. Employees Stay Compliant
Regulatory compliance is another pain point for modern organizations: When you deal with dozens or hundreds of employees, compliance training can become a real headache. If that’s your case, you can upload safety guidelines, work policies, memos and other compliance training materials to an LMS and enroll all employees in them with a few clicks. This will speed up the process and you’ll be able to see clearly who actually took the time to read the materials thoroughly or who skipped them and now risks failing safety requirements.
LMS tracking features enable admins and supervisors to detect knowledge gaps promptly. In the context of compliance, it’s especially important if you want a certain behavioral change and need to find out which aspects of compliance are falling behind in your team. For example, you can use an LMS for sexual harassment prevention training or diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) training and track how learners answer in every case, allowing you to identify potential pitfalls.
3. Less Paperwork
An LMS makes training paper- and hassle-free, as it stores all data in one place (e.g., in the cloud), carefully prepares learning statistics and delivers them in detailed reports that you no longer need to compile yourself. You can set the system to send those reports to your manager automatically and notify learners of new courses and assignments or upcoming deadlines. The platform thus saves you from spending hours handling enrollments, reminders and other tedious routine tasks manually.
4. Blended Learning
“OK, I got it, an LMS has a lot to do with online courses and quizzes. But what if the company relies on face-to-face training and can’t give it up?” That’s what you may think now, but depending on your organization, an LMS can potentially cover all learning in the organization, including video chat or virtual collaboration platform sessions. You can blend learning formats as desired and plan online and offline training sessions alike, keeping them organized in the same training calendar. Moreover, you can keep track of employee attendance and get time reports on employee participation in multi-day events.
5. More Ways to Engage Employees
Speaking of engagement, LMSs can provide exciting, gamified learning experiences, motivating learners to complete more courses. Every time an employee completes a course or final assessment successfully, they can receive points and badges, and with the growth in points, rank higher on the team’s leaderboard. This encourages them to complete courses quicker, get higher results and makes it feel engaging, rather than an obligation. As a result, your employees become more committed and result-driven learners.
6. You Have Your Finger on the Team’s Pulse
Among the many benefits of an LMS, this one gets to the very heart of what all learning leaders want to achieve in their work. An LMS can provide integrity to talent development processes and engage supervisors, which is difficult to undertake in daily practice. By introducing supervisor dashboards that show the progress of a certain team, an LMS helps you keep managers updated on training results and connect training programs with organizational goals.
Also, some LMSs provide built-in assessment tools, like 360-degree feedback, that help to estimate team morale in-house, assess the soft skills of team members and take all this into account when building your talent pool.
7. Your HR Software Will Love It
Finally, an LMS is a software solution that you can integrate safely with the company’s HR systems and use their joint capabilities to the fullest. One of the use cases for such integrations is induction training and onboarding. You can sync your LMS with HR software so all new hires or even candidates from the database can be transferred to the LMS and enrolled in the required courses automatically.
An LMS can support your workflows, bring integrity and order to training processes and enable employee training and development at scale. Best of luck to you in your training endeavors!
Check out our guide on how to choose an LMS tailored to your needs.