Remote learning can deliver training to employees around the globe, without the expense and hassle of travel.
Even before the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic changed the ways that many companies do business, remote learning was part of the employee development plan for many businesses. Remote learning saves your company money on travel and accommodations for your employees, plus allows learners to work through the modules at their own pace, only moving on to the next one once they’ve mastered the skill set of the one before.
Remote learning also delivers training to employees around the globe, without the expense and hassle of travel. Now in a time of a pandemic, remote training is even more important. There are many good reasons to prioritize online learning.
1. Remote Learning Is Cost-Effective
Developing online courses can be expensive, and for some businesses, a look at the projected budget can be dismaying. However, most online courses are intended to be used more than once, and by multiple employees. Compare this against the cost for, say, a team of 15 to attend the same in-person seminar, plus their travel time, per diem, and the productivity lost during those days they aren’t in the office. Considering that total cost demonstrates that online courses can actually be a much better deal than in-person training.
Plus, since you’ve developed a remote training course, it’s yours. This means that employees can revisit different modules for a refresher, instead of relying on memory or their notes from the class. Even better, a collection of e-learning courses can improve the onboarding process for new hires, reducing orientation costs.
2. Flexibility With Remote Learning Encourages Better Engagement
When your team is given the opportunity to learn when they’re most alert, they’ll have more inclination to engage with the content. Some people may concentrate better early in the morning, while the night owls of your team might participate more when they’re working into the midnight hour.
Breaking up e-learning into manageable chucks also ensures that the students don’t become numb and disengaged. If each module of the course takes between one and two hours, being able to break the training course into digestible bites encourages full engagement with each part of the course.
Make sure that your courses that are optimized for mobile use. Some of your team may be using their tablets or smartphones to complete training, and giving them options makes it more likely that they’ll complete each class in a timely manner. Furthermore, training courses that can be done on a smartphone or tablet may make new hire training a little more convenient and cost-effective, since your new team members can get some of the essential learning from home.
3. Online Learning Won’t Become Obsolete
The internet isn’t going anywhere anytime soon—and that means that e-learning isn’t, either. As more and more companies embrace the benefits of remote teaching and training, better and more engaging online courses will develop.
Plus, the ready availability of online professional development means that the job market is more competitive. In fact, people who aren’t taking the time to improve their skillset are going to find themselves at a competitive disadvantage.
Many of your new hires are already accustomed to online learning and having access to training materials at the tap of their finger. If you don’t provide new, younger employees with training on their terms, you might see your talent pool go to a competitor.
4. Engaging Training and Development Increases Employee Retention
Did you know that 7 out of 10 people say that training and development opportunities influence their decision to stay with a company? Hiring a new employee is pricier than investing in teaching and training the ones you already have. Plus, when you demonstrate as an employer that you’re invested in the professional growth of your team, you increase employee loyalty.
Promoting from within is another thing employees consider when debating whether to stick with their current job or find a new one. When you make training, learning, and development more accessible for your team, you increase their value and ability as an employee and their promotability.
5. Different Presentations Allows More Engaging Content
Traditional training seminars typically involve a trainer talking at the attendees, in an environment that resembles school. Online courses, however, are able to incorporate a variety of media presentations of different concepts, including discussion groups, videos, and the more traditional text presentation of information.
Breaking up the way that information is delivered keeps the brain active, which means that your team will retain more information than traditional delivery.
6. Employees Can Go at Their Own Pace
The goal of training sessions is for your team to master each concept – not be the first one done. Online learning allows each person to go at their own pace, taking as much time as they need to digest each concept before moving onto the next.
Allowing your team to complete online training as they can also reduces the pressure to complete the tasks on a “seminar deadline”. With so much of the country’s workforce operating at home, versus in the office, many people are overwhelmed with the changes and may simply not have the time to devote to remote learning. When you allow employees to carve out time as they are able to learn, it increases the likelihood that they’ll be able to master each concept.
7. Online Courses Are Consistently Available
When you send your employees to off-site, in-person training sessions, they have the opportunity to take notes and are given training booklets and materials. However, once the session ends, they’re left with whatever materials and retention from the one day to refer to if they have questions.
Online courses, however, belong to your company once you’ve purchased them. When they’re stored where everyone on your team can access them, anyone who has a question or needs a refresher can quickly access the information again.
8. Remote Learning Enhances Productivity
Your team is already taking the time to improve their professional development on their own. Offering a robust training and development program adds to the “soft” benefits for employees, delivering the learning material they clearly want while also improving the overall skill set of your team.
This isn’t just a perk in terms of developing a more qualified workforce. By satisfying your employee’s learning needs, you build a more engaged workforce who truly feel supported by your organization.
By investing in remote learning now, businesses create a reusable resource that will last for many years.
The feedback you get from your team’s remote learning experience helps you develop better online training scenarios in the future. What you initiate over the next few months by incorporating online learning with employee development results in more effective orientation and Best Practices for training in your company for years to come.