THE EVER-RISING TREND OF LMS TRAINING
If you’ve seen how successfully Learning Management Systems (LMS) have changed the way businesses are training employees these past few years, you probably want to know how your business can get in on the action. Before you can make the jump, however, you’ll be want absolutely sure that transitioning to eLearning is the right move and worth the initial investment. A great place to start in making that sort of decision is getting to understand what benefits come with an LMS, and where you can expect to see cost savings and a return on investment.
First, let’s take a look at some of the core benefits provided by an LMS:
Centralized Learning: This is often considered the most significant benefit of implementing an LMS as your primary training deployment method. Centralized learning means that all aspects of training, its courses, user performance, and development tools are available at any time, from anywhere, from the same online location. Any number of learners or administrators can log in to the system for training, review, or customization at the same time. Centralized learning also means that training is delivered consistently, presenting the same content to all users with zero fluctuation.
Customization: Businesses are ever-growing entities, with new procedures, equipment, job titles, and compliance requirements being introduced all the time. The ability to quickly adapt to these changes in training needs is important, and the customization tools offered by an LMS can help achieve that. Businesses can introduce new material and target it for department-specific training at any time without the burden of orchestrating a scheduled face-to-face training program for large numbers of employees.
Progress Tracking and Reporting: LMSs provide administrators with consistently-updated results of employees’ training efforts. Using these results, management can identify who engaged in what training, and where improvement is needed. Progress tracking fosters further value in that it can identify employees who have demonstrated advanced proficiency in their position and may be best qualified for promotion, thus maximizing the potential of your current workforce.
Reduced Administrative Costs: Depending on the number of employees in your business, it can require quite a few members of staff to oversee and manage your workplace safety program. Employees with the knowledge and skills to administer training initiatives can most likely be better allocated to other positions where those skills can increase productivity. An LMS requires far fewer employee hours to micromanage than a traditional training program.
Usability: The best LMSs out there have a user interface that is intuitive and easy to use. There is very little in-person training involved when getting the system up and running and fully integrated into the workplace. The system usability doesn’t change, so as policies and procedures continue to grow, there isn’t any backtracking involved where relearning the interface is concerned.
Simple Expansion: An LMS makes introducing new training material very, very simple, and drastically reduces the complications of distribution. Because everything is centrally located, any new course material added or updates incorporated to existing material is available to all users as soon as it’s added.
Extensive Training Libraries: When purchasing an LMS from Safety Services Company, businesses not only receive the system itself, but access to hundreds of courses spanning numerous industries across the country. The development of training programs becomes a non-issue, as we either have what you need or will create custom solutions to meet your training needs. There is no need to worry about contracting and hosting a qualified trainer, which can be very costly, every time you need to deploy new training.
Mobile Learning: Most LMSs are designed to be accessed from any internet-capable technology, from desktop computers to smartphones. Trainees often respond best to small chunks of learning accessed at brief, convenient intervals, as opposed to traditional classroom training in 60- to 90-minute sessions. This can be achieved through the use of mobile electronic devices, letting employees undergo training during downtime, on their work commute, or at home. Mobile accessibility also eliminates the need to interrupt productivity for training, as employees can choose the most convenient times to complete it without abandoning time-sensitive work activities.
The Return on Investment of a Learning Management System
Calculating the Return on Investment (ROI) of an LMS can be tricky, because safety training doesn’t have an immediate reward involved (it’s difficult to measure the effects of a workplace injury on the bottom line when the injury is only hypothetical). Actual numbers will also depend on a variety of factors unique to your business, such as specific needs (why you’re investigating an LMS to begin with), number of employees, type of training and industry (one business may have different compliance requirements than another), and how geographically diverse the business is (i.e. is there more than one location? Is travel often necessary for training?).
Start by looking at how an LMS will offer immediate savings over traditional training methods – savings that are visible as soon as implementation begins:
- Fewer costs for training travel and training equipment and facilities, since training is all completed online
- More training efficiency, as an LMS lets management customize training to target an individual rather than delivering prepackaged training programs which may include information not pertinent to a given employee
- Eliminating unnecessary training systems and equipment because an LMS is hosted online in a central location
- Less time spent away from work activities. This means greater productivity and fewer distractions
- No more trainer fees or costs to create, store, and deliver training supplies and materials. Cost savings are produced further by the fact that updates, such as those provided by Safety Services Company, are automatic and reflect changes to safety regulations and compliance
- Better scheduling efficiency, since employees can access training remotely, rather than attending a formal training class where several employees are away from their jobs at once
Safety Services Company is North America’s leading provider of safety and compliance training products and services. There is no limit to how we can help transform the way you achieve compliance and increase the potency of your workplace safety culture. Learn more about our Learning Management System and other safety-related services here.
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