Large companies or multinationals tend to have teams that are distributed over a large geographical area. Retail companies, food chains, consultants, energy companies… can you imagine what it’s like to organize training courses for thousands of employees, distributed throughout dozens of cities and countries? Know the feeling? An impossible task!
And these aren’t the only types of businesses that have this problem: it’s increasingly common for businesses (especially startups) to hire talent around the world to work remotely instead of having their physical headquarters in a city. New technologies allow companies to work incredibly well this way, but training is where things can get tough. That’s where e-learning comes into play!
It allows you to align your team
When a company has a team that works in multiple different cities, aligning communication efficiently for all members may seem challenging, but e-learning makes it possible. Online courses allow the same training to be given to all of your teams in addition to centralizing monitoring tasks: the company can, for example, train the team in areas such as corporate culture, basic competencies for each position (negotiation, work team management, etc.) or even the company’s own products.
Imagine an international retail company with employees in more than 50 cities, all taking the same course on how to improve customer service at the point of sale. Where all individuals, regardless of their origin or native language, can follow the same course and the same guidelines to achieve cohesion in learning, something that is very important for the proper alignment of the group. Without a doubt, this translates into a more productive team with clearer knowledge and objectives.
More dedicated students
When classroom-based training (and the possible travel required to access it) takes time out of either the work or personal lives of students, they may feel overwhelmed about it because they’ll have to recover those lost hours of work or will be giving up some of their valuable personal time.
Live webinars, for example, can be a solution to prevent wasting time commuting… but they can be a problem for teams that are spread out among different time zones.
With e-learning the situation changes completely, as it is perfectly compatible with working hours and personal life, regardless of where the team is located. With isEazy, for example, e-learning courses are designed to be taken on multiple devices, so a student can advance in the course from their mobile phone while commuting to work, then continue on the computer during their free moments at the office. Students can take courses wherever and whenever they want, as long as they have access to an Internet connection, and they can do so at their own pace, completing their training how and when it suits them best.
This helps students become more involved in their learning: they’ll stop seeing it as a nuisance or a waste of time, and will instead see it as an activity that adapts perfectly to their rhythms and helps them in the performance of their daily tasks.
A significant reduction in time and costs
Conducting classroom-based training requires a big investment, even more so when it involves travel from places that are far away. Hotel and travel expenses between different cities can make classroom training very expensive, and the reluctance of some companies to organize it is understandable. However, e-learning can help you avoid many of these costs… and if you use an authoring tool like isEazy, things are even easier!
Authoring tools like isEazy allow you to have full control over learning. Unlike other more complex tools, where you need to hire an instructional designer to develop the course, isEazy allows training managers to have control over the course content. Because it’s simple to use, you don’t need advanced technical knowledge to create impressive and pedagogical courses: just a lot of creativity and the desire to transmit knowledge! isEazy also exports the courses in SCORM format, so they are compatible with any LMS.
Another big advantage of e-learning, moreover, is that training courses can be updated very easily. All you need to do is make the required changes, export and upload a new version to the LMS. That’s all the technical knowledge you need, and this allows trainers to have control over the information being received by all of their teams, regardless of their geographic location.
Are you clear now about the benefits e-learning can bring to your company if your teams are distributed among different locations? If you have any questions, suggestions or contributions, leave us a message in the comments!