5 Benefits of eLearning for your Employees

June 25, 2018 2:20 pm Geraldine Strawbridge

In today’s fast-paced and competitive marketplace, businesses are continually looking at new ways of improving efficiency and effectiveness within their organisations.

Time is money, and when it comes to staff training this is no exception. Staff training methods have changed dramatically over the last few years and eLearning has become of the most effective and efficient methods for training employees and ensuring that organisations remain cyber secure and compliant.

eLearning provides organisations with a more engaging, flexible and cost-effective way of training staff and it has been found to increase retention rates by up to 60%.

It offers a range of benefits for organisations including:

1. Flexibility for Employees

It’s vital that staff receive training that can fit around their busy working lives. eLearning provides employees with a much more convenient and flexible form of training that they can complete in their own time and at their own pace.

eLearning can be completed in short sharp bursts which reduces the need for traditional training methods which can be time-consuming and difficult for staff to digest. Research conducted by the Journal of Applied Psychology found that learning in bite-sized pieces makes the transfer of learning 17% more efficient. eLearning can be divided into specific modules, so employees are able to focus on the topics that are relevant to their role and complete them within a suitable time frame.

2. Customised Learning Experiences

One of the main advantages of eLearning is that is can be customised to suit specific business needs. eLearning experiences can be shaped so they reflect an organisations brand and tone of voice, making it much more relevant to employees.

Not every staff member will learn and retain information in the same way. Customised eLearning enables the course content to remain the same across an organisation, but individual staff members can control the pace and level at which they learn and choose course materials that are tailored to their specific needs.

3. Enhanced Learning

eLearning is extremely effective in improving employee knowledge retention. The use of engaging and goal-orientated content enables employees to have more control over the pace in which they learn and provides an environment that is more conducive to learning.

The use of video, audio and gamification massively increases employee engagement and retention of information. A recent report conducted by McAfee found that gamification is growing in importance as a tool to help drive a higher performing cybersecurity organisation. More than half (57 percent) of the organisations surveyed for the report said that using games significantly increased awareness and staff knowledge of how data breaches can occur. Providing employees with a more fun and interactive learning experience enables them to absorb much more information.

4. Reduce Costs

Traditional forms of training can prove extremely costly for organisations. Money is typically spent on course trainers, materials, room hire, travel, and accommodation. By adopting an eLearning training system, businesses can eliminate all these costs.

A study from IDC found that companies were able to save between 50% and 70% when replacing traditional training with eLearning. eLearning is cheaper and more efficient in improving employee productivity, job performance and contributing to the overall professional development of staff within an organisation.

5. Detailed Feedback and Reporting

eLearning platforms provide businesses with a detailed reporting structure that enables them to track participation and engagement and assess the individual progress of employees or specific departments across an entire organisation. Businesses can quickly identify which areas employees are struggling with and determine which members of staff could handle more advanced training. This data can be used to shape future eLearning courses by providing feedback on what’s working and what’s not.

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