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August 15, 2019

Improving employee's productivity through online training

Improving employee's productivity through online training

Running a business is difficult. Let's not kid ourselves.

Internet, however, allows us to simplify our personal and professional lives on a daily basis.

It has never been easier to find new suppliers, partners, complementary products and potential customers then now.

Information is now at our fingertips, so long as you know how to use it and you are open to leverage it.

This ease of access to strategic information can be a game-changer in the growth strategy of a company, which nowadays is closely related to the staff retention and development challenges.

Whether through a culture of self-training, or personalized learning paths, industry leaders now all use technology as an engine of growth.

As the gap keeps growing between proactive and change-resistant businesses, let's see how online training directly impacts the productivity of your employees and ensures the success of the giants of tomorrow.

Quick wins and big gains at low costs

Whether you are at the end of the budget year, or doing it continuously, investing in your internal training structure is one of the foundations of a sound business management strategy.

Depending on your budget, the digitization and standardization of your processes can quickly be put in place and generate measurable improvements on the short term.

Developing a pilot to support onboarding training, for example, can save you up to 30% of the time required to make a new resource autonomous at work. 

While investments in human resources are often contested, the implementation of an online training structure allows you to demonstrate the net gains from these investments with ease. 

Here are some key performance indicators to keep on your radar:

  • Average Onboarding Required Time
  • New Recruit Retention Rate
  • Increase In Production Performances (as you no longer require your best employee as much)
  • Cost Per Hire
  • Employee Engagement Rate
  • Etc.

From User Experience to Employee Experience

Unlike the traditional training approach, which often aims to condense as much information as possible over a short period of time, online training helps put your employees in a winning position to retain more information.

Since online courses are no longer restricted to your trainers' availabilities, it is now possible for you to improve the experience-employee and to offer gradually unlocked content to improve their interest and engagement.

This approach aims to make the content progressively accessible over a predefined period of time.

Your employees can therefore practice each learning faster, without reaching a saturation level of information.

Your training therefore gains in efficiency and the work of your employees equally gains in quality

Each learning delay period also represents an opportunity to introduce personalized and specific coaching offer for employees in need of additional support.

Encourage internal recruitment

One of the most costly factors for a business growth is the investment required in new resources training.

While a large part of the annual HR budget is cut by the sourcing, onboarding and integration expenses designed to empower new employees, a culture of self-training can generate two major impacts on the recruitment needs of a company. .

First and foremost, this approach allows your best employees to stand out and prepare themselves for future opportunities of advancement within the business.

Secondly, this allows you to more easily identify your brand ambassador and recruit internally, both in the form of promotion or transversal recruitment within the company. 

When occasional needs lead to work overload in a department, an online training structure can allow you to easily transfer employees to momentarily support your workforce and avoid hiring new employees temporarily.

Develops trust and better relationships

In opposition to popular belief, a good online training offer can improve the relationship between employees and the employer .

By offering a skills development strategy via a learning management system (LMS), this frees up time in your schedule and generates more opportunities for personalized follow-ups.

Your best employees can swiftly get back to work, while employees with special needs can now benefit from value-added availability with a trainer or in-house experts.

This will generate more discussions, employee interactions and practical reflections.

Your new employees will feel cared for and valued, while your trainers will be more motivated to help as this approach saves them from always repeating the same things.

It is human nature to forget things. Even more so when you are fresh out of a training and you have not had the chance to put in practice what you have recently learned.

By encouraging your employees to use your LMS and take personal notes, each employee can build his own "survival guide" and easily trace back information when need be.

As a manager, you should always be on the lookout for new ways to make your new employees autonomous rather than take your best employees hostage for constant reminders.

To wrap things up, as we said in our opening, running business is difficult.

This is particularly true when we refuse to adapt and we try to deny the evolution of our market.

What sets successful companies apart from those that fail is their openness to change and the speed with which they take action to ride the waves rather than row back and try to catch up on best practices.

This is also called innovation if you are the first in your field to make a move. 

Employee's training is what keeps you competitive, but it's also what keeps your workforce motivated and committed to your success. 

It's a very smart financial investment and above all, a very strategic investment, for your current and future employees to come.

Mathieu Dumont

CEO at Didacte, Mathieu is an entrepreneur who has accumulated several years of experience in healthy business growth, in the application of management systems and in business design.