Overcoming The Challenges of Online Employee Learning

Knowledge is power, and your success as a young startup will depend on how much knowledge you have. This is linked to a number of different things, like how you create and run your team, but also product and service knowledge. When you are still so early in the game, it can be overwhelming to try to live up to everyone’s expectations. One of the best ways to grow both your company and team is through online learning courses. People wonder what the best one is and if it really works, but it all depends on where you are looking.
Why Online Learning is Appealing

First, we need to talk about why so many people turn to online learning. One of the best things about it is the fact that people can learn at their own speed. They never feel like they are falling behind, and can take a break when they need to. People learn at different speeds, and some people have talents in other areas. When you have a group of people in a room during a training session, you run the risk of leaving some of your employees behind. With online learning, you don’t have to worry about that. You can cater to each of the learning styles, providing audio and visual aids along with hands-on training. You know that everyone will pass the course and come out with the same knowledge when they complete the sessions.

Challenges of Online Learning

Of course, not everything is smooth and simple with online learning. There will be some pitfalls and issues that arise from using this medium that can affect the overall outcome. For starters, it still takes your team away from what they were doing and prevents them from accomplishing as much. It’s also hard to track people’s progress because everyone is moving at a different speed. Some people don’t learn very well on their own, and they need an outside motivator to keep them from getting bored or distracted. Another issue is that not all work environments lend themselves to this type of learning. While it is beneficial for some, other departments or businesses may find online learning more of a hindrance. The best way to see online learning is an accompanying work that helps expand knowledge. It may not replace training for some people when they are trying to learn something new.

Learning at Work

There is a new trend that is picking up steam, and it allows people to learn as they perform their daily duties. There are digital guidance systems that can be implemented into browsers in order to educate your team as they encounter each issue. This way, your team is able to still work like they usually do and learn while they work. They are much more likely to retain the information because they can see the real-world application that it holds.  If you are looking for a way to train your team quickly and effectively, this may be your best bet.

Technology is Your Friend

Just like business practices change, so does the learning process. It’s becoming harder and harder to keep up with the evolution of technology, but you can use it to your advantage. Regardless of if you choose to use an online learning tool or digital guidance system, you’ll be able to decrease the amount of time it takes for your teams to learn new content. This means you’ll have faster turnaround periods and better customer service. Stay ahead of the game, and your competition, by utilizing every tool you have to expand the learning for your company.

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Jason Silberman
Jason is the former Lead Author & Editor of TrainingStation Blog
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