In last week’s blog post, we discussed why an LMS is an important part of modern training. We already mentioned one of the advantages of an LMS (the possibility to combine different types of training in one program), but LMS’s have so much more to offer…
Benefit 2. Tracking & reporting
Organizations can be complex places with many rules and procedures; which can be a hassle for HR or a training department. Just keeping track of what is going on and what needs to happen can be a major resource drain requiring dedicated resources. An LMS can help reduce the strain on HR or the training department by keeping track of classroom training, e-learning, certifications, procedures. Furthermore, LMS’s often come equipped with advanced reporting tools. These tools greatly improve visibility of users in the system and can be used to track anything from specific behaviors to general use of the system. The great advantage is that lot of the administrative work will be handled by an LMS, which frees up resources to focus on other areas.
Benefit 3. Content Management
An LMS also offers the possibility to store and distribute learning and documentation from a centralized location. This facet leans towards the content management aspect of an LMS. Platforms that offer a content management tool within an LMS provide organizations with the ability to efficiently manage documents ranging from checklists from evaluations to certifications, and more. What’s more, an LMS also provides the opportunity to foster knowledge sharing within an organization. Employees can share notes or summaries, interesting articles or documents that are related to a followed course, etc.
Benefit 4. Increase employee engagement
Because the learning is distributed from a central location, employees also have the opportunity to take the initiative about following additional courses next to what is required. They have the ability to choose what courses to follow, when and where they want to follow them. This flexibility increases the employee’s engagement because they are entrusted with a certain responsibility to develop, all while still being in a pre-defined and controlled environment.
In sum, an LMS can help reduce the strain on an HR or training department by automating a large chunk of the administrative workload, it also can be customized to fit your organization’s rules and procedures and has advanced reporting tools to help you keep track of it all. An LMS also centralizes all the learning and possibly documentation so that employees can easily access what they need, when they need, and thereby increases engagement.