Your learning management software can provide so much more than basic compliance and skills training. With some planning and imagination, you can use it to improve your company’s competitiveness, retain talent, and pursue new opportunities. Here are some tips to help you fine-tune the use of your LMS to better match your companies needs and ambitions.
Automate Learning Journeys
In terms of training delivery methods, an LMS is ideal because it offers employee-learners an easy way to update their skills, while offering administrators a way to efficiently distribute training company-wide.
But you need to make sure you’ve mapped out and automated the learning journeys of your employees in order to take full advantage. If you’re still depending on manual reviews of data to assign next steps or using a separate email system to send reminders, then it’s time to fill in the gaps in your LMS automation.
A good automation scheme will keep employees acquiring new skills and the latest knowledge about compliance. At the same time, it will free HR staff and system administrators to analyze trends and think about upgrades to both training and technology.
Fill-in Skill Gaps
Use your LMS to fill skill gaps that your standard work and compliance training doesn’t cover. These might be soft skills like communication or the advanced features of a piece of software. Look for opportunities to deepen the knowledge of your employees even when it’s not a must-have for operations.
Nurture Young Talent
Companies often lose younger employees because of the perception that they’ve got nowhere else to go in the company, or they’ve learned everything they can. But often it’s less about the lack of new growth opportunities and more about a company’s inability to make the next steps clear.
Use your LMS to keep your brightest young stars engaged by offering them training modules they can do on their own time. Examples might be learning new languages or prepping for a certification. Having new challenges and a place to direct their energies will make younger employees more willing to stick it out.
Improve Your Onboarding Process
This one will take some analysis and a lot communication with stakeholders, but will payoff for years to come.
Talk with managers about the key changes in technology and processes that have occurred in their departments over the last few years. Then work with them to identify pieces of information or skills that new employees are having to learn on the job or have to mentored on before they get it right.
You may not be able to remove all the on-the-job or experiential training, but you can help streamline the onboarding process by putting together department-specific or role-specific training updates that will be delivered through the LMS. Topics might include a quick primer on sales territories for new sales development representatives, or a walk-through of the required documents for shipping out a product.
Look around the company and you’ll find essential information that is only known to a handful of people, but is critical to doing a job well. Use the LMS to get this information out of people’s heads and into the hands of new employees. It will make training more comprehensive and reduce risks of brain-drain when employees move on.
Apply A Continuous Learning Mindset to Your LMS Usage
The tips here will help you think more holistically about the uses of your LMS, but there will always be more you can do. Keep asking questions and analyzing your progress and you’ll find new ways to help your company and employees succeed.
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