In today’s increasingly complex and competitive global business climate, effective employee training has become a more important strategic component than ever before. In fact, companies that provide their employees with formalized training programs can expect to see increased revenue on a per employee basis, along with an overall improvement to the company’s bottom line. The challenge for many organizations is in finding a beneficial and cost-effective method for delivering employee training on an ongoing basis.
While an effective employee training program can impact numerous parts of your organization, some of the most common areas of interest tend to include:
New hire orientation and onboarding
Skills development to support both “hard” and “soft” skills
Sales and customer service training
Workplace culture and diversification
To determine which areas can bring the greatest potential impact and ROI for your company, you should start by surveying your various department heads to determine current levels of employee knowledge and skills gaps. You can then develop your programs and course content accordingly.
An eLearning Approach to Employee Training
In the past, the only real option available to corporate learning managers was in classroom-based (in-person) training programs. However, in recent years, the emergence of new and powerful cloud-based technologies have made online learning (often referred to as “eLearning”) a preferred approach to employee training. In addition, the growing number of remote workers (a trend that was emerging even before COVID-19) has enhanced the need for effective online training programs.
The core technology that supports all types of eLearning programs, including employee training, is a Learning Management System (LMS). An LMS is the application that provide learning managers with a platform to build, deliver, and track employee training programs.
While learning management systems have been around for quite some time now, two relatively recent innovations have increased their appeal for employee training.
Cloud Based LMS Delivery
Cloud-based LMS platforms, offered by third-party vendors, allow organizations of all sizes to deploy robust employee training programs very quickly, without the need for making large, up-front capital investments. And with a subscription-based cloud LMS, you pay only for the features and capacity your company needs at any given time.
Multi-Tenant LMS Architecture
A more recent development in LMS technology is the availability of a multi-tenant architecture. Multitenancy allows your organization to logically scale and segment your employee training program by allowing you to “spin up” a new instance of the application to support your various training audiences. This architectural approach is particularly well-suited for third-party training organizations or for any company that has well-defined divisions, segments, and associated training needs.
LMS Portals: An eLearning-Based Employee Training Platform
LMS Portals offers our clients and partners with a cloud-based, multi-tenant learning management system that allows your to deploy new eLearning environments (portals) on-demand. Some of the powerful features you can leverage with the LMS Portals platform include:
Deploy customized employee training portals with branding elements that include logos, images, titles, favicons, and more.
Within each portal, you can segment your users into groups, depending on their work role and training needs. This logical segmentation allows you to effectively track and message groups of student users.
Each portal you deploy provides several options to bring new users onto the portal and into the specific courses that are relevant to them.
Messaging and Collaboration
Provide your users with the tools they need to communicate with each other and instructors. This opportunity for communication and collaboration can support and enhance the eLearning experience.
Each portal provides its own isolated analytics engine to track and report on user engagement and performance.