Proper training and onboarding is a must for any team. That’s how a company can ensure that their employees have all the knowledge and instruments they need to perform the best.
That’s nothing new at all, however training process in many industries has not changed for last 10-20-30 years: offline events (conferences, training sessions), paper documents and guidelines, paper-based tests and assignments, memos.
This way of doing things has proven to be stable and more or less predictable. But at the end of the day the company wastes much more resources than it should on training and onboarding:
- cost of offline events
- cost of paper documents
- lunch and coffee breaks during training events etc
- THE TIME
Now, not only the resources are spent, but also the results are not always achieved. Whenever you handle training in an old-school way, there are always issues with managing the information and making the right decisions based on it:
- hard to understand what training materials actually deliver good knowledge
- hard to manage all the test results
- you need to keep stacks of paper for further reference
- the more recurring events you have the more time you’ll be spending for managing the participants, deadlines, etc.
After all, the training process might become a huge and slow machine, where you have to rely on assumptions and often can not get relevant metrics on demand. This means your business can not make decisions right away.
That’s where learning management systems come into the game. The core task of such a system is:
- automating training processes
- possibility to change anything on the go
- real-time metrics and statistics
The bottom line – learning management system is a centralized place for all training related activities in a company and it gives you the power of making fast and right decisions right away without having to spend much time on maintenance, analysis, collecting statistics.
This post is totally not a playbook on e-learning pros and cons, however it gives a feeling of what can be improved right away. We’ll dive into much more details and share some insights from our customers in future.