In recent years, more and more online training websites have
developed. Many offer employers a membership which the entire team can access
and lessons are free to watch once the company has joined. The courses are
often very long, but broken down into short chapters that allow the employee to
choose which ones are most relevant and complete the course at their own pace.
Some even have practice files attached so that employees can interactively try
out what they’ve learned.A few popular
ones include Lynda.com, TotalTraining.com, and W3Schools.com. It’s also fairly
easy for a company to create its own online learning system through a Moodle
account. Some focus on a particular area such as software programs or
marketing, and others cover many subjects and employee might want to learn more
about. Do your employees need to take online training courses and what are the
benefits of these programs?
While an employee has to have a developed skill set to
perform successfully, they can never run out of things to learn and should
always be expanding their knowledge. If the company adopts new procedures or
software programs, employees unfamiliar with them can get up to speed in a
matter of hours. Most courses offer certificates of completion, which is good
for the company reputation and the employee’s resume. If an employee gets
promoted, they might need to brush up on some of the new skills they will be
using, which can be possible through online training. If employees seek out
these opportunities on their own, that shows their dedication to the company
and to developing their career.You may
recommend or require your employees to complete short lessons during work time
on a schedule or go through complete courses on their own time. Whatever you
decide, always encourage continued learning, online or offline. The online
versions can be a cost effective method of accomplishing this.
If you want to implement a program like this, start by
researching different websites and choosing one to create an account with. Then
introduce your team to the training through a brief meeting and provide them
with the login credentials. Assure them that this is meant for personal growth,
not an indication that their skills are not up to par. Then suggest or require
a schedule of doing these and ask for updates regularly. Make it happen!