Enterprise learning is and should always be evolving. According to a survey by The Harvard Business Journal, top learning and development professionals stated ensuring their workforces had the right skills as the most important aspect. But this is easier said than done. How do you ensure you are delivering learning company wide in an impactful way? You initiate an enterprise learning plan.
Before we get into the actual steps to take, it’s important to note how different companies are housing their training materials. This affects how employees access, download and use training. Here are the three versions to consider.
Which learning system should your company use?
- Company intranet
The first option is using a company intranet to store all training files. While this seems like an obvious solution, it has its drawbacks. There are usually multiple versions of files stored making it difficult to locate the most current training tracks. Plus, there is no system to track and analyze how the training is being perceived by the employees.
The next method for enterprise learning is using an LXP. An LXP stands for learning experience platform. It houses all training materials in a centralized system. It is often used for larger enterprises and offers employees a personalized learning experience. And unlike an Intranet, training can be tracked, enhanced through design and personalized.
An LMS or a learning management system is similar to an LXP because courses can be created, shared and enhanced through assessments and other learning styles. The main difference is employees can choose which training to take with an LXP and even create their own content. Whereas an LMS offers more control having administrators oversee content creation and which employees take which training courses.
Single source versus multiple platforms
Once you have established how to roll out your training company wide, you need to consider which of these three platforms allows your company to function best. Basically, should you use a single source system or rely on multiple platforms?
If you are a larger company, a learning system that can integrate with your other platforms is key. Learning management systems allow for integrations with things like CRMs and payroll systems. That way learning is integrated through the company and that’s the essence of enterprise learning. If you are using a single source platform, learning can become disconnected quickly from overall company objectives.
Keep best practices top of mind
After you establish how to house your training materials, you’ll want to create your key enterprise learning objectives. In order to do this, here are a few best practices to think about.
No matter how big or small your company is, employees today want flexibility. This needs to extend to your training program. Chances are you have sales team members who are frequently out of the office or maybe you use employee contractors who work remotely. Consider all these scenarios when creating your enterprise learning program. Training should be accessible across multiple platforms especially mobile.
In addition, training needs to work whether someone is using company WIFI or a remote network And, modules need to be easily translated and understood if you employ international employees. This also goes for the flexibility to be able to access information regardless of timezone.
- Training program design
After you make your program easily accessible, you’ll want to focus on training program design. This not only includes the look and feel of your training system, but the components. People have short attention spans and have a hard time retaining what they’ve learned. So by adding training enhancements like quizzes, whitepapers, podcasts, infographics and case studies, you’ll get vested employees who actually use what they’ve learned.
- Training methods
Another enterprise best practice is to vary your training methods. Just like one person may give directions via mile markers while another will use visual cues, learning styles are similar. That’s why you should incorporate techniques like peer to peer learning, blended learning and gamification in training. Using all resources available to you will produce a more well-rounded enterprise learning program.
Training has evolved over time from static modules to training systems to now social. So to keep up with changing learning trends, you should add elements of social media to your enterprise learning program. Think in terms of your personal social media. It’s used to ask questions, give feedback and share common interests. So in training, you can set up online chat groups, peer Q&A sessions and even onboarding groups for new employees. The point is to make training interactive and to ensure that everyone has a voice.