Most professionals of this generation understand the difficulty and the headache of employee-based training. Not only is it difficult to keep employees on track with the learning plans, it is difficult to even establish a learning plan in the first place. Rather than figure out what job titles need specific training, company superiors just assume that sending off their employees to training seminars is enough to satisfy their compliance needs and mitigate their risk. This is not the case. Employees sometimes require more extensive training. They should not be forced to absorb the information so rapidly. Moreover, you should not leave your company’s reputation up to training seminars.
Establishing and Implementing Training
Now, let’s assume that a company has done the work and established training curriculum that employees can benefit from. The question now becomes, how can this company put that training plan in place? You could do it the traditional way and send the employees off to training locations and give them credit for attending. Another option would be to distribute the content in-house, course by course and still give employees credit for showing up. The more advised option, however, would be to set up an automated course management system guaranteeing content delivery and the necessary tracking all in one fell swoop.
Why is an automated course management system so important?
Well, first off it saves your company the burden of significant costs associated with traditional methods of instruction. Also, the general trend seems to be moving towards a digital approach to training; rather than incur all of the expenses of the traditional teaching method, corporations are realizing that it is actually cheaper to digitally train employees based on their personal needs rather than old, drawn out standards. In fact TrainingFolks, a training entity themselves, state that “recognition of learning styles coupled with individualized and personalized digital training have made learning easier and more effective for organizations ” (Read the TrainingFolks post here). TrainingFolks goes on to say that “the new generations of employees are very comfortable with eLearning and mastering concepts with self-paced study,” and this the essential goal of automated training. Increasing employee effectiveness while using a hands-off approach: establish a realistic training plan first and then allow the system to work for your organization.
The Impact of an Automated Course Management System
We believe that learning management systems provide the best use for automated training. High quality LMS’s allow you set up your training curriculum for each appropriate job description that will carry over each time a new employee is hired. Moreover, the good LMS’s will allow you to set up automated training reports that will arrive in your inbox on your established schedule.
Let’s look at a specific example…
A maintenance technician has just been recently hired by a fairly large electrical firm. This maintenance technician needs to be briefed on company policies and procedures as well as the ins and outs of the company’s maintenance needs. With the proper automation in place, all his manager needs to do is create a group for the employee’s job title, add courses to the group, add the employee to the job title and relax knowing that all of the needed content for that new hire has been put in place by the LMS.