There are many reasons to implement new learning and development methods within corporate environments, and some of them go beyond the technology itself. After all, tech breakthroughs are just means to an end. The result should be what matters, with leaders keeping a close eye on material training improvements they can place within their companies, driven on by the adoption of online methods. If replacing teachers in classrooms and whole-business seminars with IT solutions was a one-for-one exchange, it might not be worth it, but instead the transition to eLearning solutions is a portal to a more efficient and effective training model.
"ELearning enables a dual focus on individual workers and the company."
Today's businesses and their training methods
According to HR Magazine contributor Michael Moran, CEO of consultancy 10Eighty, there are flaws with the legacy version of learning and development programs. He cited data retention as a major problem, explaining that workers tend to retain one-tenth of the information imparted in these sessions. It's expensive and time-consuming to send professionals to seminars and day-long training meetings. If they are not even being taught in a way that will stick with them, the waste becomes inescapable, and it is time for leaders to fish for new approaches to training. This is where the tech-focused approach comes in.
Moran specified that today's top performers, the tuned-in workers who companies will want to retain, are eager to learn. However, their expectations and wishes for these programs have changed over the years in favor of IT-based processes that connect them with their colleagues through interfaces as friendly and effective as social networks. They are also curious about skills that are beyond the exact scope of their current roles. Allowing them access to ideas outside of their own responsibilities is uniquely possible online, where enabling an extra login to a course is much cheaper than setting aside a seat at an in-person event that calls for travel and time off.
The availability of online eLearning methods has increased in recent months and years. Moran explained these programs could be more affordable than leaders assume. Integrating these strategies, as he explained, will enable companies to at once attain a dual focus on what their individual workers want and the major goals of the company. This division is important, because pleasing workers is hugely vital to keep departments engaged and on-task, but if courses drift away from overall corporate objectives, they will prove to be a waste of time in the big picture. A meticulously customized eLearning strategy finds the middle ground.
Regimented and ready
Though learning is becoming more agile and easy to integrate in the current climate, that doesn't mean leaders can begin ignoring their programs or letting them run on autopilot. CLO Media contributor David Vance posited that learning departments should have strategies in place to dictate not only how information is measured but also the direction and purpose of the team and section. This means, he explained, drawing up the connection between the training department and the rest of the organization, squaring away the overall objectives of the business and the learning options available.