Learning and development is a crucial function within any business.
Why is that, you ask?
In an ideal world, learning and development at work:
- Helps to nurture and prepare talent for career progression and in the future.
- Keeps established senior employees working at the highest level possible.
- Demonstrates to employees that their employer cares about their personal development.
- Empowers employees to take on new roles and explore further development opportunities.
- Saves money against the cost of recruiting and training new employees, as there’s always someone qualified in-house to take senior roles as they open up.
You could go on and on, but these are five of the main benefits and points related to learning and development.
Most companies and their employees are used to learning in the traditional manner, often involving in-house workshops or workbooks and checklists that can be completed over time.
There are a number of flaws with the traditional system of learning and development.
Again, this is not an exhaustive list, but some of the key flaws are:
- Learning/training is often delivered on the assumption everyone is of the same performance level and motivation level.
- Learning/training can often be counter-productive, as it may be poorly-planned and therefore impact on the performance of the business.
- If different people deliver learning/training courses over a period, there can be inconsistencies meaning not everyone has received the same message.
For years, businesses have placed high stakes in their learning and development programs, but often failed to recognise the damage these flaws can deliver both at the local level and across large companies. Today, businesses are increasingly self-critical of their in-house learning and development. This analysis is taking many towards e-learning and away from the traditional learning and development setup they’ve followed for years.
Does Your Business Need E-Learning?
It probably isn’t an understatement to say that all businesses need e-learning.
Let’s look at the wide range of benefits e-learning can deliver.
The easiest way to do this is simply to contrast against the flaws we identified earlier.
- Employees can find the training modules relevant to their performance level, and have control of when they learn, meaning they will always be motivated to do so.
- Businesses can better plan time for employees to undertake e-learning, in addition to employees doing it in their own time should they choose to.
- Everyone sees the same content and gets the same learning experience.
These are the main reasons why e-learning works.
In addition, e-learning can deliver huge cost savings to businesses when compared to how much would be spent running workshops and other training related activities.
Deciding if E-Learning is for you
Just because e-learning has many benefits, that doesn’t mean you should automatically jump into it feet first. If you’re a small company with five employees, for example.
I really hope this post will help save you some e-learning development time. If you’re looking for a tool to help you create e-learning quickly and easily then Elucidat could help.