If your business is growing and hiring new people, you want to be able to add those people to your workforce as quickly as possible so they can do what you hired them to do: contribute to your business and help it continue to grow.
Whether you own a manufacturing company or a family entertainment center, safety for your employees should be at the top of your priorities. On-the-job training is a vital step toward employee safety, but how can you make sure your employees are going to remember the safety guidelines you give them?
As we wrote previously on our blog, online training videos make learning easy, with training that is accessible and easily reinforced through repeated viewings.
In that post, we also alluded to the financial benefits of enabling your employees to learn on their own time. Now, we’re going to talk about more financial benefits businesses can reap by investing in e-learning software.
When corporations replace instructor-based training with e-learning, the savings can reach incredible levels, often higher than 50% and even reaching as high as 70%. Over the course of just three years, one study found a return on investment of nearly $14 million per year.
How is this possible? Here’s how:
Your employees don’t have to travel.
Sending an employee or group of employees to an educational conference costs your business money – a lot of money. According to one case study: “After finding that up to 40% of its classroom training costs were spent on travel and lodging, IBM moved half of its training programs to an e-learning format. Over the first two years of the program alone, the company saved $579 million.” As it turns out, our CEO here at LearningZen was even personally involved in IBM’s new rollout at that time!
Even if your business doesn’t cover the actual travel expenses, the absence of the employee(s) while they’re traveling will decrease your revenue. Online videos allow employees to learn in short sessions over several days, meaning no time away from the office.
Savings increase if your franchise has many locations.
Implementing e-learning to replace face-to-face-learning or complement other instructor-led training in the form of blended learning is a profitable decision. More locations mean more travel if you use face-to-face learning, so the more costs you reduce, the more money you save.
E-learning can also attract and help customers, partners, and other business connections.
Customers who need specific information and channel partners who sell your company’s product are just two kinds of people associated with your business who can utilize e-learning software. For example, you can give your customers a step-by-step demonstration of how to install your product, or make a video that explains a financial plan with the help of visual aids like charts and graphics. When you impress these first-time customers, they’re more likely to become loyal return customers, and you’ll add to your revenue.
The possibilities, and the savings, are practically endless.
As an investment, e-learning is a win-win for franchises and businesses; your employees will learn faster and retain the information, your customers will appreciate the convenience you offer them, and your business will save money and increase revenue.
And while we’re on the subject of videos, here’s a video about the benefits of using videos in training:
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Human beings have always been highly visual, and especially so today. According to surveys done of today’s employees, 75% of workers are more likely to watch a video than to read an email or web article, and three out of five young business executives say that they will rely more heavily on business-class video during the next 5-10 years.
What does this all mean in terms of employee training? Quite a lot. As a young generation begins entering the workforce and rising up the ladder, a more visual approach to learning is going to be inevitable — and meeting the change head-on will be essential to doing successful business.
To meet the needs of Generation Y, an easy to use learning management system for company training will be key. Check out these reasons why, courtesy of LearningZen.
Consistent, Accessible Training
An easy to use LMS will give you the ability to provide training to all of your employees without having to make recourse to specialized materials. Employees with impaired hearing, for instance, will have smooth access to the learning material. Likewise, if you have employees across multiple countries or continents, an online training system will give you the ability to do safety training and other learning in various languages and spare you the task of translating.
Refresher Courses Anytime, Anywhere
By having your training material in video format, your employees will be able to review their learning whenever they need, creating a significant advantage over live training alone.
Giving your employees the chance to learn and review on their own time also opens the opportunity for considerable cost-savings. Microsoft, for example, went from spending $320/person for training costs to just $17 by switching to video training.
The Proven Results of Online Video
The superior results of visually-oriented learning are born out by scientific studies. In what is called the Picture Superiority Effect, studies have demonstrated that only 10% of information learned from reading is retained by the trainee after three days. In contrast, workers are found to remember 65% of the information when it is presented through a visual medium such as image or video.
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At LearningZen, our learning management system (LMS) for company training was made with franchises in mind. We know that your franchise needs to provide the same great customer experience at every location. Fortunately, building a consistent brand and a better reputation is easy with our low-cost LMS!
With LearningZen, it’s easy to track employee performance and identify areas that need improvement. You can craft one-of-a-kind training courses that will help your franchisees, managers, and ground-level employees succeed in the workplace. To find out more, contact us today!
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Whether you’d like help with creating your online course or you’d like us to make it for you, we’ll help transform your vision into a reality. So, what are you waiting for? Let us help you convert your training into an easy-to-use online course with the best LMS out there. Contact us today for more information.
Imagine two different classes. In the first, the teacher leads debates, asks intriguing questions, and assigns collaborative group projects. In the second, you are expected to sit, listen, take notes, and take tests. Which class would you rather enroll in?
For many people, the first class wouldn’t just be a more engaging experience. It would tap into the power of “active learning” to help them retain more information in the long run.
An active learning environment pushes students to analyze and actively practice what they are learning as they are learning it. When you design an online training course for your organization, it is essential to consider how you can incorporate active learning techniques to help your employees better understand key concepts.
Setting up an online discussion group as part of your online training courses will improve your company is two key ways. First, it will encourage employees to share their knowledge and fully engage with the current training topic. Second, it will promote a friendly, helpful organizational culture.
eLearning games are where work and play combine. Employees can have fun and earn rewards while practicing essential training concepts. The more employees win (and learn!), the more accomplished they will feel.
Answer the common question “Why do I need to know this?” by directly linking your training courses to the real world. A reality-based scenario asks what an employee would do in a specific situation, such as interacting with an unhappy customer. Then, it explains whether their choices will lead to the best outcome.
Encourage Urgency with a Timer
In the real world, we can’t sit and mull over the answers to everyday questions. For certain exams and roleplay scenarios, it may help to set a timer. Employees will stay more focused and practice making choices under pressure. If you do choose a timed method, then don’t penalize employees for making mistakes. Use each mistake as a learning opportunity.
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At LearningZen, we have built our easy-to-use learning management system with active learning in mind. Our clients can incorporate a wide variety of interactive learning methods into their cloud-based courses.
Technology and all the ways we use it has made us all impatient and left suffering from technology deficit disorder, TDD. Is that even a thing? Technology allows us to no longer have idle time. You see it at stop lights, waiting in line to order lunch, before a movie starts, waiting for the bus…it’s everywhere. It’s also while people are driving, walking, riding a bike, on a skateboard and I’m sure soon when you’re surfing. I guess doing one thing just isn’t enough. Sometimes I am watching TV while sending texts, checking my Instagram feed, checking my email and playing a brain game. At the same time. We need to let our brains rest and recharge. People are on their devices everywhere and all the time. I hope this doesn’t come off like old school curmudgeon, technophobe Luddite but seriously, we need to look up and see the world, because it’s amazing and most people are missing it.
Today, why not try taking 5 minutes to put down your phone and just watch the world go by? I bet it’s harder than it sounds and feels a lot longer than 5 minutes.
Using technology while you are on the move is dangerous. Using it all the time is likely not only bad for your health, but it allows us to be brain lazy. You never have to strain your brain to think up the answer to anything you just google it. I do it too. Heck I run a software company. Please try and understand the irony in writing a blog post about using more technology to use less technology. I try to see the humor in everything.
The average American Spends 5 hours per day on their mobile devices. Shouldn’t we at least try to maximize that time? Let’s talk about using technology to get away from it. One of the main reasons we built LearningZen was to improve consistency but also to greatly improve efficiency. We wanted customer to be able to train but in a way that your audience wants and expects it to be delivered. Electronically and utilizing video. I love technology and for online training and lot’s of other things I think it’s brilliant. If you’re between 18 and 30 years old, chances are, if you don’t know how to do something you are going to go to YouTube and watch a video and learn how to do it, then try to do it. I just did this 3 weeks ago because I bought a new bike rack. I took one look at the directions then went to YouTube and brought up a video of someone installing the exact same bike rack. After I watched the video I installed the bike rack in all of 5 minutes. The best part is I knew I did it right the first time because I saw someone do it correct the first time and they gave me tips and tricks in the video. It gave me peace of mind when I headed on a 500 mile journey with my daughters bike and mine both brand new. I was confident the bike rack would do its job because I didn’t have the self-doubt that maybe I interpreted the instructions wrong. Anyone whose put together a piece of IKEA furniture recently is likely nodding.
Back to my point, let’s use technology to put down technology and see the world and get engaged in all of life’s beauty. Yeah I get it, it’s a weird scary political climate right now, but thankfully this isn’t a political blog and I don’t have the kind of time to attempt to explain the kind of batshit crazy town going on today. I’m talking about seeing the world because of the incredible access we have to it. We no longer are limited to just reading about other countries and cultures, we can submerse ourselves in them. All because of the power of technology and the internet. Let’s be the people that go out into the world and truly experience it firsthand. We need to look up to experience it. Your neck and back will thank you.
Generations before ours did not have the luxury of being able to book their own travel. Think about this for a second. We have access to some incredible travel sites. Everything you’ve ever read in a book or magazine, anything you’ve seen on television or in a movie you can visit in person and you can book it yourself using crazy cool technology. If you need a flight to anywhere in the world, on any day, from and to any city in the world, you can find in seconds. And get this. You can also do it from your phone. I could be bone fishing in Belize tomorrow. I could go see the Taj Mahal next weekend. I could play golf on St Andrews next month. Yikes, technology is amazing. If you want to visit something the world is literally at your fingertips. BOOM! My parents didn’t have this and neither did their parents and neither did yours.
This brings up something we talk about at work a lot. Smart money. Spending smart money on smarter technology buys us time to look up from that technology and see firsthand what our parents and their parents couldn’t see, the world and all its beauty.
Our philosophy at LearningZen is that spending smart money on smart technology purchases helps you simplify your life and other people’s lives. We all can learn from watching videos. Think of something right now that you don’t already know how to do. Then think to yourself, do you suppose there’s a video out there that could show me how to do this? I’m guessing almost anyone who just actually tried that little exercise would agree with this. A video that can teach you how to do almost anything is out there and you can pull it up from your phone. In minutes. Let’s just try to use technology for good.
The reason I love using my phone for travel is it’s super easy to launch an app rather than pulling out my laptop. I think everyone should have a travel reservation service installed on your phone. I personally love Sky Scanner. It’s an aggregate site like Orbitz that I find has more airlines and a more enjoyable interface. It’s still the easiest game in town. Find a flight from and to anywhere on almost any airline and sort it however you want. By number of stops, price, non-stop only, by time, by carrier…it’s free and easy to use. Even their car rental service just recently bailed me out of jam when I landed and had forgot to rent a car. All of my other services including the rental companies direct sites showed no availability but sky scanner came to me rescue. I’ve also had some good experience using Hopper. With hopper you can plan a future flight and they’ll tell you using some algorithms likely acquired with some advanced degrees that I can’t even pretend to explain. The site can tell you whether it’s a good time to buy now, or wait, to purchase your tickets later. Math is fun.
This year alone I went to Iceland and saw where Game of Thrones does some filming while I hunted the northern lights. I was reading the Hunchback of Notre Dame and then went to Paris and proceeded to eat the most wonderful food you can imagine. I walked down the same streets that George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt were walking in Oceans 12 in Amsterdam. Reading Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar? Go to New England.
The world is amazing, but you need to take some time to look up and experience it. Technology has made travel to almost anywhere attainable. I don’t need another laptop, gaming system, a fancy car or a nicer house. What I want to do is see the world and experience it. Let’s use technology to use less technology so we can visit and immerse ourselves in the world. It’s gorgeous and ugly, its pungent yet fragrant, like this blog post its many things to many people but seeing it in person is so much better than watching it on TV, in a movie or reading about it. We live in a time where it’s all at our fingertips. Let’s use technology so we can put down technology and see the world, talk to people in person, eat what the locals eat, float down a river like Huck and Finn And Jim. Bring on the adventures!
What Are Soft Skills?
Soft skills allow us to connect with other people. For example, communication is a crucial soft skill. This ability may not be as easy to test as “hard skills” like mathematics or programming, but communication is essential to a functioning workplace.
When you bring an employee in for an interview, your company is often evaluating their soft skills. Can they stay positive during a stressful situation? Can they arrive on-time and fully prepared? Do they respond well to unexpected changes? Are they friendly and confident?
Improve Employee Soft Skills In Your Workplace
As you design an online training program for your business with LearningZen, you should consider how your courses can help employees hone their soft skills. Here are a few abilities that are worth emphasizing:
Experienced communicators can resolve conflicts, empathize with their peers, and ensure that customers feel heard and respected. They understand when to listen and when to speak. To foster better communication in your workplace, use online training courses with branching scenarios where employees can practice responding to different situations.
It is essential that your employees are can get along with each other and work together to achieve a common goal. They must be ready to lead or to follow, as the situation demands. You can cultivate better teamwork with online group projects.
To solve problems, we must unpack a situation, find the underlying causes, experiment with different solutions, and remain calm until the right answer is found. Your employees can develop stronger problem-solving skills through “serious games,” which teach via immersive storylines, compelling characters, and point systems.
Employees cannot learn from their mistakes unless they take ownership of them, and a hidden mistake can lead to a more significant problem down the road. Still, it is difficult to be transparent and possibly face blame. One way to improve ownership in your workplace is to ask employees to point out the mistakes that a character makes in a scenario.
Job productivity is largely determined by your employees’ abilities to meet deadlines, stay on-task, and set priorities. To improve these time management skills, encourage them to create a plan for their online training process, with clear deadlines for reaching important milestones.
Which Soft Skills Do You Want to Emphasize?
Squeezing every soft skill into one training course will lead to lackluster results. Instead, you should put together smaller, more targeted courses to help employees better retain what they’ve learned. To start designing your online soft skills training courses with LearningZen, please contact us today!