According to Forbes, the eLearning market is poised to grow to a whopping $325 billion by 2025. Whether you’re a large company or a startup, providing your employees with the best possible training to improve their productivity must be on your mind. Most agree that this is key to grow the business and remain competitive. Considering how geographically dispersed modern organizations are and how different the training needs are, setting up a training program is not easy. A one-size-fits-all approach will invariably fail. You need to create a learning organization that addresses the unique enterprise training challenges that your employees face.

Here are 5 of the most common enterprise training challenges and how eLearning can help address them

Hectic employee schedules – no time or energy for training

In today’s extremely fast-paced business world, daily tasks, meetings, deadlines, goals, and a slew of other demands are draining employees’ energy. To expect them to undergo training is borderline unfair. What’s even worse is trying to intrude on their personal time with training sessions—that is surely going to make them resist, and even resent training.

How can eLearning help?

eLearning is a great tool to overcome this challenge.

  • Through microlearning, you can deliver useful and relevant content in bite-sized chunks for better understanding and retention.
  • Short videos, checklists, graphs, and infographics are simple formats that make training easier to consume and retain.
  • By prioritizing short, straightforward assessments whenever possible, employees can be given opportunities for feedback on their progress.
  • eLearning programs that are optimized for the mobile make training even more convenient. It allows employees to access training content anywhere, at any time—on the way to work or even during their lunch hour.

A dispersed workforce—impossible to get everyone together

The steady rise in distributed teams gives rise to new challenges in training and development. As the workforce is dispersed across locations, enabling access to training materials for employees in different locations is challenging. Coordination is hard, physical gathering for classroom training is impossible, and the difference in time zones can spell havoc for the training team.

How can eLearning help?

For a highly dispersed workforce, eLearning can help create the perfect culture of continuous learning and ensure employees have the right skills to do their jobs at all times.

  • Mobile learning courses can be made available to staff at any time and in any place and can be accessed throughout the day, without any constraint on time or on training room or trainer availability.

  • Using video conferencing, webinars, online forums, and social tools, the decentralized workforce can learn and train at their own pace and in the environment of their choice.

  • Employees from various locations can get trained in real-time, and foster trust and empathy between each other.

  • Instant connectivity to subject matter experts, regardless of where they are located, helps employees to voice concerns, raise questions, share experiences, and fill gaps almost immediately.

Unique training needs—different cultures, different learning habits

When you provide any kind of training, it’s important to consider learner preferences and habits to accelerate the rate of learning. This is easy when you have to train just a handful of employees. But when you have learners in the thousands, each from a different culture, with a different learning style, and unique training needs, training becomes a herculean task.

How can eLearning help?

eLearning can dramatically transform the way your employees learn and consume content. Personalization is a great way to enable your workforce to hone their skills and improve their productivity.

  • A thorough needs analysis focuses on identifying the learning preferences, especially with respect to tech savviness. You can use these findings to design your training program.

  • By carefully understanding the learning styles and preferences of the workforce across different geographies, you can personalize content in a way that suits their needs the most.

  • Different content types like video, notes, graphics, gamification, and Augmented and Virtual Reality can cater to the needs of different generations and their individual learning preferences.

  • eLearning communication forums can open up communication channels and make it easy for all learners to ask questions and receive content as well as technical guidance.

Lack of engagement—poor knowledge retention

Over the years, training has often been looked down upon as a hindrance to productivity mainly due to how tedious and un-engaging training content has been. However, engagement is an integral aspect of any training program, a lack of which can result in poor commitment, passive or forced learning, and poor knowledge retention.

How can eLearning help?

eLearning leverages modern and highly engaging technologies to make the learning experience intuitive, exciting, and real. By using gamification and technologies like AR, VR, and Artificial Intelligence, it ensures employees are fully engaged and immersed in learning.

  • By communicating the learning outcomes upfront, learners can understand the objectives of the program at hand, and also associate the relevance to their everyday job.

  • Programs that make use of VR can transport reps to a highly interactive world that mirrors their real-world environment and provides the required context to understand those aspects of their job better.

  • Practical learning activities like case studies, scenarios, and role-plays can engage learners in active problem-solving and contribute to better cognitive engagement.

  • Discussion forums and other informal social spaces can enable learners to engage emotionally with other learners, as well as with the training process.

Evaluating training outcomes—measuring and tracking skills development

As customer demands change, employees need to be constantly upskilled. Although you might provide training to your employees, as a “task” in your list, how will you measure the effectiveness of your training programs? How do you measure and track skills development? How do you ensure course completion?

How can eLearning help?

A modern eLearning solution allows you to monitor individual completion and achievement rates. It also enables you to get feedback on your courses and understand the gaps that can be filled in the future.

  • Built-in analytics allow you to pull up reports and analyze learning data, track course completion, and create assessments to test skill levels.

  • Established metrics and goals reflect exactly on the courses the employees have taken, enabling you to keep track of their progress on a continuous basis.

  • Employee feedback on the course can make them feel responsible for their own development.

  • With continuous insights on what worked and what didn’t, you can make the necessary changes to ensure your content remains current and relevant.

eLearning for improved productivity

In a world where competition is pushing organizations hard, high employee productivity is imperative. After all, it is only when your employees are engaged and empowered in their jobs, that they can do their jobs well. eLearning is a great tool to ensure your employees are equipped to perform. Not only is it engaging, but it also ensures the training content is relevant, interesting, and contextual. When applied and practiced well, the end result is, unquestionably, improved productivity.

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