If you don’t have a powerful learning management system (LMS) in place, you’re putting your business is at a real disadvantage. These days, companies simply can’t afford a loosely-trained workforce. Traditional in-person training no longer cuts it, particularly if you manage an hourly and/or distributed workforce.
For many employers, in-person training is difficult to arrange, not to mention expensive. Besides, LMS training is at least as effective—and often more so—than conventional classroom learning. Studies indicate that e-learning improves knowledge retention, presumably because students control the time, place and pace of their training, creating a more personalized learning experience.
Furthermore, these days, training is no longer just an HR concern. Savvy employers are leveraging their learning systems to further their goals, from growing market share to competing in tough segments. While there are many ways to put your LMS to excellent use, we’ve found that these five functions matter most to employers right now.
To Carefully Onboard New Hires
Whether you’re positioning for on growth or operating in a high-turnover industry, the more thoroughly and efficiently you onboard new hires, the faster they become productive team members. From basic safety training to step-by-step processes, e-learning gives new workers a solid foundation to build on.
To Crosstrain and Upskill Workers
Encouraging workers to acquire new skills is a win-win for everyone. Cross-training gives employers more flexibility in the event of unexpected crises or absences, while upskilling offers workers an upward career trajectory. Both improve retention, while building an internal talent pipeline.
To Maintain Safety and Compliance
OSHA training. Industry-specific training. Anti-sexual harassment training. When it comes to federal and state mandated training, employers who don’t perform their due diligence are at higher risk of on-the-job accidents, violations, fines, and lawsuits. Your LMS should offer a tracking function that ensures nothing falls through the cracks.
To Cultivate Strong Managers
Assuming your organization runs on an hourly and/or distributed workforce, your managers play a huge role in your success. Unfortunately, many field managers don’t consistently receive the tools and training they need to inspire their team to new heights—but a good LMS can fix that.
To Be Ready to Make Quick Changes
It seems the world is spinning faster than ever, and businesses need to be able to pivot quickly. Your e-learning system should serve as a transformational tool that helps you and your people adapt to whatever comes next.
6 Things You Need from Your LMS System
By every indicator, LMS platforms will play an increasingly-important role in companies’ strategic planning going forward. For this reason, we recently reassessed—and reengineered —EPAY’s LMS platform. Our goal: to offer the strongest, most versatile training tool designed for employers managing an hourly and/or distributed workforce.
Our updated LMS solution, EPAY Learning, Powered by Cornerstone, performs these six essential tasks—functions we think every LMS should do:
1. Provide Access to Thousands of Professionally-Created Courses
Your LMS should offer any conceivable class need—or may need down the road. EPAY Learning offers two content subscription bundles with more than 2,000 courses, created by top training pros. It’s especially useful for mandated training.
2. Handle the Back-end Work for You
We believe your HR team’s time is better spent forward-facing with your employees than performing back-end admin, so our ops team handles all the uploading, etc. for you. You’ll also receive monthly updates that ensure your workforce is receiving the most up-to-date content.
3. Makes It Easy to Create Classes, Exams, and Certificates
Pre-packaged courses are great—but we know you need the freedom to design and upload proprietary courses, too. EPAY’s Course Publisher allows you to add manuals, videos, PDFs, slides, etc. and offers professionally-designed templates for creating exams and certificates of completion.
4. Let Workers Take Courses Anywhere, on Any Device
Flexibility is key. The best online platforms give employees the option of learning when, where, and how they choose. It helps workers focus better and complete their assignments on time.
5. Assign the Right Courses Every Time
It’s critical that employees get the right training—and your LMS should facilitate that. Our platform makes it easy for managers to assign courses based on job title or even language. You can also create global assignment rules—organized by job group or worksite—so workers are automatically assigned the correct curriculum.
6. Track Your Program’s Progress and Performance
You should have multiple ways to track, analyze and manage your training program. With our analytics dashboards and reporting, you can:
- Compare the performance of various worksites and groups by completion rates, exam scores, and more.
- Schedule your go-to reports to be sent automatically at fixed intervals.
- Track and compare compliance scores by department, manager, region, etc.
- Set-up auto reminders and notifications, so you never miss a training deadline.
Does your current LMS do all this? If not, we invite you to learn more about EPAY Learning. And because pricing is based on the number of active users each month, you only pay for what you use—so it’s fair, comprehensive, and affordable, too.
For more information, download our product brochure.