It is rare for an employee to enter a company fully competent to perform his or her job well. Even those who already possess both the hard and soft skills needed for professional excellence still must acquire company-specific competencies. Corporations can impart these skills and values effectively through training.
There are various types of training that organizations can use to get their employees up to par with organizational and professional standards. Traditional classroom-style training, blended learning which combines traditional learning with eLearning, mobile learning, social learning, collaborative learning, and pure eLearning.
All of these models of training are used in the workforce today but many companies are now turning toward blended/online-only learning. In this use-case, a learning management system (LMS) is an invaluable resource that facilitates competency-based employee training.
Here are 4 ways an LMS facilitates competency-based employee training:
People are more likely to become competent in a skill when they have some element of control over the pace of their training. An LMS makes this possible for employees. With an eLearning system, online instructors design training courses and users decide how fast or slow they want to learn.
Corporate leaders understand the importance of collaboration. They know that the welfare of their companies depends on it. An LMS is ideal for promoting collaboration because it is usually equipped with collaborative learning tools such as customized schedules and alerts, and social learning features, which are especially helpful in creating a collaborative culture.
The most successful corporations usually have employees that freely share knowledge with one another. This happens naturally when an organization launches a full-featured learning management system. A social learning management system allows peers to easily give and take knowledge via social media, engage in video conferencing, and chat online in real-time. Each employed individual, from the bottom to the top of the corporate ladder, have valuable things to share. An LMS helps them offer their gifts of experience and knowledge to fellow employees.
Multiple learning paths
Some companies require employees be certified in specific competencies. This is an ideal way to ensure that workers fully meet organizational standards of conduct and performance. Companies that want to manage certifications efficiently should consider implementing an eLearning system with learning path functionality. Learning paths enable instructors to create a customized order of delivery for the courses and materials required for a certification.
Employee competency is extremely valuable. Especially in the modern global workforce. Without a capable, competent workforce, a corporation has little hope of growth or long-term success. Now, more than ever, standards of competency are crucial. Companies need to ensure that those standards are met by each and every employee.