The Benefits of Moving Training Online


In the past, companies with a desire to provide new and long-term workers with training and opportunities for employee development had limited options. Individuals may have attended training sessions at a business’ main office, or traveled to a seminar in another state, which would only raise a company’s training expenses.

However, in today’s increasingly technological society, many organizations have the ability to provide training over the Internet. No matter what industry companies work in, there may be online training solutions for them. Here are a few reasons why it is in businesses’ best interest to consider training employees over the web:

Lower costs
If a company’s training expenses pile up with each new employee it takes on, hiring more workers may not make smart business sense in the long run. Fortunately, moving training online could help organizations cut costs over time. In fact, SmartBiz highlighted data from Training Magazine that reveals corporations may be able to eliminate between 50 percent and 70 percent of their travel expenses when they transition to web-based training.

Provide training to employees far and wide
These days, more companies allow their employees to telecommute, as long as they are getting their work done. As a result, an organization’s workforce could be comprised of individuals who reside in states across the U.S., and even other countries around the world.

Trainers cannot be expected to hop from one destination to another just to train single employees. Fortunately, online training and employee development programs can make it so they do not have to. Business 2 Community states that making the transition to an online format allows one trainer to educate multiple people, no matter where in the world they happen to be.

Increase flexibility
While essential, in-person training is not always convenient. If employees cannot make it to a session at a set time, they may miss out on one of their only chances to acquire essential information. Business 2 Community reports that online solutions that are on demand can provide a solution to this problem. With access to training at any time, workers can learn on their own schedule, not someone else’s.

“The added flexibility allows everyone to work at his or her own pace and better fit the training into a busy schedule,” John Walsh, president of Total Mortgage Services in Connecticut, told Entrepreneur. “For instance, the technology training that we buy for our developers consists of a series of videos covering a topic. During the videos, the instructor works on a project and our developers follow along, recreating that same project. They’re constantly pausing, rewinding, or replaying the videos. The developers prefer this style of training, and it’s not possible offline.”

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