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Why Businesses Should Look to eLearning for Continuing Education

Posted by Lambda Solutions on May 15, 2019

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For most organizations, training new employees is a relatively simple process. While training procedures and learning experiences can - and should - be iteratively improved upon to remain constant with the best practices throughout time, for most well-established places of work, the creation and improvement of training material should be a well-oiled machine.

Today, however, new employees don't just expect introductory training when they join a company. Employees are highly attracted to organizations that offer continued learning and development courses, as it shows an organization's commitment to promotion from within and employee care.

Here are a few tips you can adopt when incorporating continuing education experiences into your organization.

The Need for Continuing Education

Employees are highly attracted to organizations offering continued development and learning opportunities for their employees. It's an excellent benefit that showcases an organization's belief in its employees and its willingness to help employees turn jobs into careers.

However, protracted development courses aren't just useful for employees - offering continuing education experiences have real, practical benefits for employers as well. Studies show that organizations that provide continuing education to their employees dramatically increase their levels of employee engagement, which in turn leads to around 22 percent higher employee productivity.

Additionally, employees that are less engaged with their work - or feel that their workplace doesn't intend to help them further a meaningful career - are more likely to leave their place of employment than engaged, fulfilled employees. Since the cost of replacing employees can range from 16 percent to 213 percent of an employee's base salary, depending on their position, having high employee retention is in a company's best interests.

Offering continuing education opportunities to employees helps ensure that your workforce will remain committed to your organization once they're brought on, allowing you to achieve the best possible ROI from your new hires.

Why eLearning is the Best Method for Offering Continuing Education Opportunities

Once your organization has decided to provide employees with continuing education opportunities, the next question is often: "what's the best method for offering continuing education to employees?" The answer is eLearning.

Here are just a few of the many reasons well-designed eLearning experiences represent the best continuing education opportunities for employees:

  • eLearning is more affordable than traditional training. It's also less of a hassle. You don't have to cordon off worksites for training opportunities, nor do you always have to hire multiple trainers. Even better, incorporating AR and VR elements into your eLearning experiences can allow you to provide eLearning opportunities that also include practical application exercises to create an exceptionally well-rounded learning experience.
  • eLearning is more modern. Employees today live in a world of technology, and organizations that offer eLearning experiences show that they understand - and can adapt to - the digital age. Utilizing modern technology to create more accessible eLearning and harnessing the power of mobile technology can have a major positive impact on your learning and training programs.

Watch our webinar Harness the Power of Mobile Learning to learn the modern approach to educating your employees.

  • eLearning is more user-friendly. If an employee can complete their continuing education courses at home from the comfort of their desk or couch, they're much more likely to take advantage of continued development opportunities that are offered. eLearning allows organizations to provide their employees with effective, flexible remote learning opportunities.

All in all, offering continuing education and developmental opportunities for employees via eLearning is an easy way for organizations to increase profits, employee retention and employee engagement.

 

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