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    Creative Training Solutions to Coronavirus Disruptions

    In the wake of the coronavirus, companies have had to adjust to new social distancing best practices. For many businesses, this has involved a huge shift from running daily operations on-site to managing a remote workforce. In light of these recent changes, organizations are forging creative paths around these disruptions, including taking greater advantage of eLearning opportunities for their employees.

    For companies that still need to maintain functional training programs in the era of coronavirus, eLearning platforms have emerged as a practical and cost-effective solution. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the benefits of incorporating eLearning into your company’s training and development processes.

    eLearning as a value-add for your organization

    Providing employees a structured opportunity to train, grow, and develop their skills often leads to increased job satisfaction. Investing time and resources in digital resources for employee training and development will help your organization navigate these processes through disruptions to normal operations due to the coronavirus.

    When you invest in your employees by providing learning and development resources, your organization benefits in many ways:

    • 87% of millennials say that professional development and career growth are significant to them.1

    • 57% of employers have increased the amount of formal training provided in the last three years.2

    • 70% of employees are more likely to stay with a company that offers job-related training and development opportunities.3

    • Companies with engaged employees outperform those without by up to 202%.4

    Leveraging technology and education to encourage engagement

    Over the years, the landscape of learning has dramatically evolved, and technology has given us the ability to learn anytime, anywhere from a computer or a mobile device. eLearning programs have allowed businesses to create meaningful, real-world learning processes for all types of learners to engage with digitally.

    There are a number of learning management systems available that offer robust technology and functionality to help identify specific learning paths that can uniquely benefit your organization and workforce. These tools can be custom tailored by industry, role, and business goals to create content that is hyper-specific to your employees, which will help get them more engaged in the learning process.

    With training tools that incorporate gamification, mobile responsiveness, usage reporting, social learning, and more, your employees can maximize technology to improve their skillsets, and ultimately, positively impact your bottom line.

    Gaining a competitive advantage—for you AND your employees.

    When you implement these programs and learning opportunities, you equip your employees with the resources and knowledge they need to enhance their job performance and achieve personal growth and development goals. Likewise, when employees are given the opportunity to learn job-related skills and see that their organization is invested in their career development, they are more likely to remain loyal to your company given that they see there is opportunity for growth. Getting your employees engaged in an eLearning program gives them the tools they need to be better at their jobs, thus making your business more competitive in the marketplace.

    From a business perspective, training and employee development can have its challenges—especially in the days since the coronavirus. In these uncertain times, investing in eLearning technology can be a critical component to your organization’s success. Not only will your employees be better skilled and prepared to perform their duties more efficiently, but eLearning platforms can also help them become motivated and engaged in their role.

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    Sources:

    1. https://www.gallup.com/workplace/236438/millennials-jobs-developmentopportunities.aspx
    2. https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED398385.pdf
    3. https://www.shiftelearning.com/blog/statistics-value-of-employee-trainingand-development
    4. https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2018/04/17/reversing-low-employee-engagement-in-manufacturing/#7ccbdf3b28f0

    Mandy Smith

    Mandy Smith is Vice President of Training and Employee Development and is responsible for providing SWBC employees with learning and development opportunities which enable them to be more effi cient, eff ective, and engaged. In 2016, she was named a Learning! Champion High Performer by Enterprise Learning! Mandy is a member of the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) and is active in the local chapter. She currently sits on the Chief Learning Officers Business Intelligence Board.

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