Updated: Apr 25, 2021
Effective training leads to better processes and greater efficiency in the workplace. In today’s dynamic and competitive marketplace, employee training and development has reached a new level of importance. In fact, workplace training has become an indispensable way to keep your organization viable and competitive, regardless of your company size or the industry in which you compete. Invariably, employees have weaknesses or gaps in their knowledge and professional skills. And most professionals today tend to have some type of specialization. But much of the strategy and activity in your organization is likely to fall outside of the expertise of each individual worker.
While workplace training can impact most every area of your organization, some of the most common types of courses and programs include:
New hire orientation and onboarding
Employee skills development
Compliance awareness and training
Sales and customer support training
Workplace culture and diversity
The Importance of Training in the Workplace
Offering a comprehensive and ongoing development program in the workplace can help to develop and strengthen the skills your employees and close any knowledge gaps. Workplace training and development can elevate your staff up to a higher level of competency and allow your team to leverage a common and up-to-date knowledge base. An effective program can address organizational weaknesses and prepare your team for industry and marketplace changes and challenges.
Some of the specific benefits your company can expect from the development of a workplace training program can include:
Increased Employee Performance
Trained employees are better able to perform their jobs and make more significant contributions to the company. Through workplace training, employees are able to develop the skills (both “hard” and “soft” skills) required to maximize their productivity. They can also be kept aware of such things as evolving compliance issues, industry and marketplace developments, and more.
Decreased Worker turnover
Companies that offer workplace training and development programs tend to see lower employee turnover as a result of increased overall satisfaction. More employees today are looking to work for companies that can help them increase their value in the marketplace while offering opportunities for growth, and training programs are often cited as a critical component toward achieving these goals.
A robust workplace training program helps to ensure consistency for employees regarding processes, messaging, compliance issues, and other critical areas. Through training, each employee gains awareness of company expectations and how to operate with efficiency and cohesiveness. All of this contributes to the company’s overall performance while improving the bottom line.
Learning Management Systems for eLearning-Based Workplace Training
eLearning refers to the use of electronic technologies (the Internet, primarily) to build and manage all types of skills training and knowledge development programs, including workforce training. As cloud-based technologies have continued to evolve and workforces have become increasingly remote (a trend that was in place even before COVID-19), eLearning has replaced in-person, classroom-based sessions as the preferred method for workforce training.
The core technology that supports eLearning programs is a Learning Management System, or “LMS”. An LMS is the application that is used to build, deliver, manage, and track workplace training programs. While some companies choose to deploy an LMS on their own servers, more companies today are opting to work with cloud-based LMS technologies offered by third-party vendors as this approach eliminates the need for large up-front spends in software, hardware, and supporting infrastructure. And with a cloud-based LMS, your employees are assured access to the critical training materials they need, at any time, and from any place. All that is required is an Internet connection.
LMS Portals for eLearning-Based Workforce Training and Development
LMS Portals provides our clients and partners with a cloud-based, multi-tenant learning management system that allows you to build and manage private eLearning environments (portals) to uniquely support each of your workplace training audiences. Each portal you launch can have its own unique branding and supporting tools for course development, user onboarding, collaboration, analytics, and more.