With the constantly evolving economy that businesses operate in, it is important to up-skill your employees where and when necessary. As part of a blended training and learning process, especially during change, eLearning[i] can play a vital role. It can be highly beneficial when used in combination with other training methodologies, in order to help your employees adjust to their changing environment.
There are certain benefits to using eLearning in the process of change, one of these being the convenience and flexible access to it. Change is often accompanied by unpredictability, and therefore having a flexible system in place is an important factor. Employees can access their learning when they have time, and are ready to properly engage with the material.
Each of your employees will react differently to change, based on their personalities. This is another reason why e-Learning is beneficial, as it serves different learning styles. With many content formats, such as video, written notes, infographics and other visual methods, it can engage each of your employees through their various learning styles. Your employees will be more likely to adjust to the change through training that makes them feel comfortable and engaged.
How do you engage your employees in e-Learning?
As important as it is to implement an effective and well-thought out e-Learning training system, it will only be successful if employees choose to engage with it. Below are a few factors that can influence employee engagement:
- Know your audience, and their needs as employees.
- Ensure the e-Learning content is simple and easy to use.
- Keep the e-Learning system interactive, to ensure continued engagement.
- Make the content relevant and organised.
Why engage your employees in eLearning?
eLearning can help improve the workforce capability of your business, by improving the knowledge, abilities and skills of your employees. It can be beneficial in encouraging your employees to take on new responsibilities, as well as upskill themselves in areas where they feel less confident. Through this they can discover new interests, and gain inspiration, which should improve their performance and engagement in the business. Developing your employees through eLearning can also diversify your business, which will render new opportunities.
Ultimately, e-Learning has many benefits and should be considered by any manager, especially when implementing change into the business.
[i] e-Learning is a type of Learning Management System (LMS) that assists in employee education and development. This type of training system serves as one communication platform for employees and managers, where knowledge and experience can be shared. However, before e-Learning can be effectively implemented, the organizational learning needs must first be determined, through organisational strategic goals and KPIs. Once this is done, the learner needs must be determined, through employee surveys and performance evaluations. Both the organisational and learner needs must align in order to develop the appropriate training system.