This is a guest article by Costa Lamprou
There’s a number of reasons why you might be planning to create an employee training course.
Undoubtedly, it’s a great idea. But are you 100% prepared to move further?
Before you invest your time and money into developing a course, it's always best to double check that you've considered all possibilities. In this post, we are trying to help you do just that.
Here, we are talking about three important things that you must know before you create an employee training course. So, let’s read on and to find out what these are.
1. Your Employees May Not Be Interested
Yes, this is some preparatory information. While you may be willing to invest your time and money into building a brilliant employee training program, there is a chance that your employees may not be interested in participating in it.
This can be for many reasons.
Maybe they don’t want to break up their everyday routine. Perhaps they have a feeling that you are expecting them to spend more and more time thinking and worrying about your organization. Or maybe the idea simply comes off as boring to them.
If any of these are the case, your course’s performance will suffer, which with the money and time invested can cause it to be considered a failure.
So, how can you avoid this?
Well, first of all, talk to your employees about professional areas or skills that they’d like to be trained in. Second, make sure that your course’s content is engaging. Third, gamify the training process and take feedback seriously.
2. Offline May Not Work
Many of us have always learned using the traditional classroom approach that’s still active and effective across the globe. But does classroom work that efficiently for companies? That’s questionable.
For this, we can go back to the last point. We talked about how your employees may not be willing to make time or changes to their daily routine for attending these training sessions.
With an offline employee training program, these problems will only increase. The best you can do to battle this issue is to turn to online modes of training and learning.
Create an online employee training program and encourage your employees to attend training sessions at their convenience.
When the compulsions of time are eradicated, more of your employees will be able to participate in the course actively. Plus, if you choose a qualified training software, you will also have the option to make the program mobile-friendly - enabling your employees to access the training material even when they are on the go.
3. Creating ‘Any’ Course May Not Be Enough
It’s 2020, and nobody has time for boring or weak content.
Sure, we can reread the last sentence. The point is that if your course’s content won't add value to your employees’ lives, they may not like the idea of attending it. And honestly, there wouldn’t be any pointing in pushing them into learning something that’s not helping them or boosting their productivity while they work for your organization.
And then comes the second scenario, when your awesome and super-useful eLearning course may still fail for being too boring.
Surely you wouldn’t like to see your employees lazing out while attending the course. It would be a huge waste of your effort, time, money and energy.
So, how can you avoid this?
Well, first of all, make sure that the employee training program that you are planning to create consists of useful information and knowledge that actually helps your employees hone skills that they want and need.
Second, consider gamifying your training program.
Modern eLearning authoring tools offer a variety of gamification features that can spice up your employee training program by adding bits of competitive elements to it. This can encourage your employees to participate regularly and perform better.
Employee training is an essential of running a successful company, so the need to create an employee training program will crop up. However, without proper planning and consideration, we can make mistakes when having our first shot at it.
With this post, we tried to help you avoid some of them.
Hopefully, this was helpful.
Costa Lamprou is the head of PPC at The Elearning Industry Network. With experience from everything ranging from product development and sales to training and PPC, Costa helps eLearning businesses reach their full lead gen potential. When he isn’t helping clients succeed, Costa likes to expand his marketing horizons with the help of eLearning courses.