As the years go by, the world is becoming more and more technology based, using digital and communication technologies as a normal and frequent part of everyday life. Technology is replacing many traditional practices of everyday life, self-service checkouts at supermarkets and internet shopping being examples of this. Corporate eLearning is also another demonstration of how modern day technology is replacing human interaction and communication, which is why innovative ideas such as these receive so much criticism. However this is not always a bad thing, as technology can offer many other agreeable substitutes which can make processes a whole lot more efficient and convenient for both business and everyday life. Corporate eLearning is one of these things and here are a few ways in which it benefits replacing traditional corporate training.
Learning at a faster and increased rate is what makes corporate eLearning so great, but seeing as corporate eLearning usually entails self-learning, the knowledge you gain is in your own hands. This means that you can save yourself time missing out parts that you already know and what you are already knowledgeable about, skipping to sections that you want/need to learn. As you are self-learning, you will have time to go over something that you don’t understand, as opposed to being trained with a group of other people and falling behind on understanding whatever you are learning. Taking a bit more time to understand something more thoroughly can also save you time in the future when you need to apply knowledge that you don’t have or don’t understand. Additionally, you will not have to travel to and from the destination and instead that time can be spent learning, the same being said for teachers/mentors who will have the free time to focus on other things.
Because of the pace and fluidity of eLearning, this immediately reduces costs down as development is a much quicker process. Training time is ultimately reduced and teachers/mentors will not have to be paid and can therefore focus on other things. Many companies will also spend a lot of money on training days for their employees, sometimes hiring out a venue and specific trainers to coach you for the day. Considering trainers, travel, accommodation and any materials needed, this is likely to cost the company quite a lot of money. As previously stated, travelling and being taught information you already know can waste time and money, especially if none of it has been useful for employees. When eLearning is done right, your company is likely to achieve a lot more than it would with standard straining, and profitability is one of these things.
Traditional learning, usually undertaken via paper, does not do anything good for the environment. One of the beneficial things about an increase in technology is the digital element that saves us from destroying the environment and using or wasting paper which is often not recycled properly. In eliminating paper, eLearning offers an alternative here in sustaining the environment, reducing the carbon footprint made by the company which will ultimately attract more customers and clients to the business through providing the company with a good eco-friendly reputation. The lack of travel associated with eLearning will also help here too. Furthermore, traditional training requires equipment and the maintenance of equipment which also has some degree of environmental impact.
As well as boosting company profitability, eLearning also has the power to increase productivity. Self-learning and responsibility often results in a better attitude towards learning and employees will appreciate being able to go at their own pace. Research has proven that test results and qualifications have reaped better results, including those seeking to master their field. Information is also retained a lot longer with eLearning as well as the capability to use the knowledge learned and apply it to the employee’s job role.
eLearning has many benefits and can overall aid your company in profitability, environmental awareness, time management and through many other positive elements. It can also encourage employees to show more initiative and take their responsibilities a lot more seriously, taking your business to a whole new level of efficiency.