How often have you heard a senior executive of an organisation say that their people are their most important asset only to see that they do not look after them?
A learning management system can help an organisation look after its people well by putting their learning at its heart. While an LMS can do its basic job as a standalone system, it can provide many times this value when integrated with HR, CRM, ERP and other legacy systems.
If an organisation depends on its workforce, then it needs its workforce to be highly skilled, highly motivated and highly productive.
An effective LMS delivers training to employees in a variety of formats, including blended learning and e-learning. Because learning is not confined to classrooms but made available over computers and mobile devices, it’s easy for them to continue learning for continuous improvement.
Microlearning can break long training courses into easily digestible chunks so that, rather than disappearing from the workplace for a week for classroom training, employees learn through short videos or presentations and complete a quick assessment to test their knowledge.
Compliance management is another important feature of an LMS that ensures workforce skills are up to date and that each individual is trained and certified to the required level for their role, especially where laws or regulations require this.
As well as maintaining high levels of skills, the best LMSs will motivate people by signposting career development available to them and giving feedback on how they are progressing.
Career planning helps individuals achieve their career goals, which increases employee retention, while interactive features such as quizzes and short assessments provide feedback to individuals and their managers on their personal development. Games and competitions also motivate staff to participate in training by giving points, badges or rewards for completing activity. Rather than a chore, learning becomes fun.
Integrating an LMS with an ERP or manufacturing system can help to maintain and increase productivity. Performance data can identify weaknesses or bottlenecks in production and an LMS using artificial intelligence (AI) can use this to recommend or target training to remedy this. Specific training aimed at selected employees can resolve an operational problem and increase efficiency.
An LMS used effectively will ensure that people are an organisation’s best asset and will support its continued growth and success.