The health crisis has encouraged long-distance relationships and boosted e-learning for training. During this period, digitalisation has affected many sectors, and especially training through e-learning. Some companies have taken advantage of less busy schedules to offer distance learning to their employees.
But what are the benefits of offering training to your workforce beyond boosting skills and, by extension, your performance?
What is e-learning?
E-learning allows you to deliver online learning via a dedicated platform.
This training can be undertaken in a group, on a collaborative platform or on-to-one at a distance with a trainer. Sessions can be conducted via webcam or video modules. At the end of the course, quizzes may be used to evaluate trainees’ understanding of the topics covered during the course.
The location and working conditions are different from those of a traditional face-to-face course: e-learning is only available at a distance, so your employees can take advantage of it at your company premises or at home.
Video learning, mobile learning, MOOCs... these are all distance learning
Distance learning sessions can take many forms: live videos, presentations, podcasts, applications, round tables or even complete modules.
There are several types of digital training: training where each session is imposed and follows a predetermined course. There are also “self-paced”, mobile or video learning courses, which allow employees to follow a course at their own pace, taking advantage of the various modules and downloads made available to them. MOOCs, Massive Open Online Courses, are not exactly training courses, but free online courses open to a limited number of participants.
Before the first lockdown, 18% of training was delivered by distance learning. The level had reached 50% by the end of 2020
What are the benefits of offering e-learning to your employees?
Setting up an e-learning programme for your staff complies with the social distancing and safety measures imposed by the pandemic and is quick, CSR-oriented, easy to organise and less costly (travel, paper-based materials, meals). There are many advantages to opting for e-learning and, contrary to popular belief, training can have another objective besides boosting your employees’ performance.
Competence & performance
First and foremost, you can aim to strengthen the skills your employees have already acquired with a view to developing them. You can offer your employees more autonomy and confidence by allowing them to alternate between working together or one-to-one with an approved trainer.
Be proactive and offer training tailored to your employees’ needs before they ask for it. Your Talents will feel valued and encouraged within their company.
The right timing
You may have had to impose short-time working when the health crisis slowed down your activity. Training is a good alternative to lighter scheduling. This is an opportunity to make the most of off-peak hours and, above all, to raise awareness among your workforce. You can take advantage of this lull to set up training that is too often neglected for lack of time or resources.
3/4 of companies encouraged their workforce to train during the first lockdown of 2020
Perhaps you could consider training on internal communication and how to communicate better in a remote working context: learning how to recreate links, unite employees, get the right messages across, and direct your communication effectively.
73% of companies want to increase the use of internal training.
Flexibility & adaptability
What if you adapted your managerial skills to the situation (social distancing, working from home) to meet your employees’ expectations?
During the first lockdown, departments like Human Resources Directors of HR took advantage of this context to review their working methods by familiarising themselves with new management tools (payroll, ERP, HRIS, etc.).
Training can also influence and improve your employees’ well-being through sessions that focus on their wishes and needs. Why not offer them coaching on health matters, safety and stress management.
Top 10 most popular types of training in 2020
1 - Modern languages
2 - IT - (web developers, web designers, SEO managers)
3 - Transport - (CACES certificate of aptitude for safe driving)
4 - Skills development
5 -Safety of assets and people (first aid at work)
6 - Communication and management (communication, management)
7 - Sales and marketing
8 - Finance, banking and insurance
9 - Human resources (well-being at work and recruitment)
10 - Education and training
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