The bottom line for any business is that effective training makes better employees, and it's no secret that well-trained employees are better salespeople. If you are ready to take your company’s training to the next level, it may be time to invest in a learning management system (LMS).
An LMS is an e-learning tool for employee and extended enterprise training that can help transform your organization. This software system is designed specifically for delivery, administration, and assessment of training material and courses in online, blended, and face-to-face learning environments.
Learning management systems can:
- Create a centralized learning platform, enabling users to access all training materials, resources, and assessment results within in one system.
- Simplify training administration by offering users the ability to use the program when and where they choose.
- Allow organizations to see where training is needed (and where it’s working) by tracking progress of users.
1) Systems Can Adapt To Your Business’ Unique Needs
No two organizations are alike, and in recognition of this, learning management systems adapt to the unique needs of any organization. Administrators can customize the look and feel for their separate divisions, organize courses for different user groups, and even use content from other organizations, providing the most comprehensive training for all participants. Whether your organization needs to train salespeople on product information or educate the entire workforce on company policy, an LMS can meet the business needs of your training.
2) Organizations Have the Ability to Track Progress
Whether you’re a distributor, a manufacturer, service provider, or even an association, learning management software allows you to easily access information regarding when your learners complete their training. Reports are quickly generated that detail users' comprehension, progress, and completion. This information helps you to understand the level of knowledge your learners have and hone in on areas that require additional training.
3) Standardized Training Happens Across Locations
An LMS standardizes training across your locations and ensures that all users have access to the same high-quality materials and information. This creates a consistent experience for all users that reduces mistakes or missed opportunities caused by misinformation.
4) Automation Allows For User Autonomy
Well-designed learning management software automates training events while still allowing for user autonomy. Users are able to access the same information but have control over when and where they interact with and use the training materials. There are many features integrated into these learning platforms that help users stay organized and up to speed, like single sign-on, assessment quizzes, and training tracks. Users can consume the training when and where is most convenient.
5) Improves Retention
An LMS allows organizations to create customized training plans that provide a clear path for learning and career advancement. Employees who feel that a company is investing in them and their success are more likely to stay. In a training magazine article, it was noted that “training actually can increase employee retention, when the training reinforces the value of the employee. In addition, a well-designed training program plays a critical part in nurturing associates’ psyches. Associates want to feel that the job they do is important to the success of the business and that the business is investing time and money in them to have the job done correctly, and at the highest level”. New hire and onboarding training reduces turnover and an LMS makes it easier to deliver and manage.
Organizations that invest in an LMS have discovered that transitioning to an online training model has made the corporate education process easier for everyone involved. The user benefits from its easy-to-use interface, flexibility to consume training when and where they want and ability to go back and reference material online when needed, while the training program manager can track users' progress and determine who is ready to advance and who needs more help.
These are some but there are other benefits. Tell us how you organization has benefited from a learning management system.
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