It looks like many of us are going to be staying remote or hybrid, so now is the time to move your employee training courses online if you haven’t already done so. Making the move is difficult for many companies who have only held in-person employee trainings up until now and just “made it work” for the last few years.
There are plenty of reasons why companies have moved employee training and development online just yet, including time, effort, cost, and simply a lack of knowledge about employee training software and programs.
10 Tips To Move Your Training Online
So what is the best way to move employee training online? Here are ten of our top tips:
Find The Right Employee Training Software
The first thing you need to do is find the right employee training software. It might seem difficult to imagine a learning management system that can get you everything you need, but online training and learning has come a long way. Trakstar Learn is a great option for someone who wants employee training software they can use to build out courses using content they already have and new content they want to create.
The right employee training software will scale with your company and have everything you need to build out a successful training program. Simply moving training online isn’t enough, you have to improve what you’ve already been doing.
Update Your Materials As You Go
Do you have older, outdated materials that you keep using because they are “good enough”? Now is the time to improve and update them, if you can! You don’t have to update everything at one time or even update anything if you have evergreen content, but updating things that need to be updated could help you build something better.
When you are uploading materials or building courses for online training, be sure to just take a cursory glance over what you have. This doesn’t mean you have to recreate things, you might just want to update dates, logos, or wording to fit your company culture now.
Build Evergreen Employee Training Programs
As you’re building, try to build content that is going to always be relevant or at least easy to update. With the right LMS, you’ll be able to update content with just a few clicks. However, handouts, videos, and some multimedia presentations require more effort to update so you should always keep them as generic as possible.
Avoid talking about specific employees, holidays, cultural events, seasons, and trends.
Generate Employee Engagement Training
Don’t think about training as something you do when someone is hired and then never do again! Employee engagement training, refresher training, and certifications can help employee engagement rates and encourage them to stay in your workforce.
For growing and changing companies, there is always something new to learn. Keeping your employees informed about the “latest and greatest” information can make them feel like they are a part of something, even if they don’t impact it and it doesn’t impact them.
Collect Knowledge From Tenured Employees
Have great employees that are nearing retirement? You want to capture their knowledge! Taking videos, recording interviews, or having them show their tips and tricks for training can be extremely beneficial to everyone. It can help managers understand why they were so successful, teach younger employees how to fill their shoes when they do go, and ensure that institutional knowledge is passed down from one generation of employees to the next. This makes it easier to keep going at the same pace you are, even if you start losing some top performers.
Don’t just look at employees who are nearing retirement, however. If you have someone younger who is doing new and interesting things, be sure to capture that and work it into your training as well.
Track Employee Training Across Departments
It’s great to know what individual employees are doing, but what about departments? Which managers are investing time in training and which ones aren’t? How are those departments performing? If you haven’t been paying attention to this, now may be the time to start tracking those metrics.
Knowing which managers are going to invest in their employees and which ones aren’t can help you better understand engagement, retention, succession planning, and so much more. You might not be able to get this kind of information with a traditional learning management system, but Trakstar Learn comes with a built-in dashboard, Trakstar Insights, to help you monitor who is enrolled in what, and what the outcomes of taking that course are.
Monitor Employee Training Courses and Their Impact
Going right along with seeing the impact on entire departments, you can get even more detailed than that. Identify which courses your highest performers took to see where you should enroll employees on a performance improvement plan, what to include in onboarding, and even who to ask to build the next employee training program.
Set Up Employee Training Plan Templates
Building a new employee training plan every time you have to onboard someone can be time-consuming. With a good learning management system, you should be able to set up online templates that you can pull from to streamline the process.
You can do this for specific roles, general onboarding, upskilling, and so much more. Having one generic template that you can then personalize for an employee, a role, or a time of the year will save you time and help ensure that you don’t miss anything.
Create A Better Onboarding Program
When you are moving your training online, you can use everything you have to build a better onboarding experience for your new hires. As soon as your company hires someone new, it is imperative that you get them enrolled in onboarding as soon as possible. This could be as simple as getting them access to their email and calendars so they know what to expect when they start, or it could go as far as immediately enrolling them in all the training they need to complete.
With the Trakstar Hire to Trakstar Learn integration, you can immediately get the ball rolling on onboarding and orientation from the moment of hire. Your new employees will be able to know exactly what is expected of them and they’ll have the means to make it a reality.
Tie Employee Training Into Performance Reviews
How can you make your online employee training even more effective? Tie your learning materials into performance reviews. After a performance appraisal, employees are more likely to take action and improve their skills than they are at any other time. Use reviews at a catalyst to increase engagement in your training content.
With the Trakstar Learn to Trakstar Perform integration, you can immediately enroll employees in training and then track their progress towards competing lessons and improving their skills.
Move Your Training Online With Trakstar Learn
If you are moving things online, you need to work with the best learning management system. At Trakstar, our software is purpose-built to keep employees engaged at every stage of talent development. We work extremely closely with HR leaders to identify what they need out of their learning management systems and how that ties into other areas of their jobs as well, including in applicant recruitment and hiring and performance management.