It’s time to educate yourself on the importance of e-learning for business.
Both employers and employees can benefit from taking online courses. The choice of courses is almost limitless.
Whether you are seeking to obtain a certification, a degree, or simply to increase your knowledge in a particular area, e-learning offers a way to achieve those ambitions.
Convenience of eLearning
E-learning offers flexibility for students.
Enrolled students can log on to their classroom dashboard from any place with an Internet connection.
So when a business owner has an employee in the field who they want to enroll in an e-learning course, that employee doesn’t need to come in from the field in order to sit in a classroom and learn.
Timing is also a huge benefit to e-learning courses.
Most often, there is no time limit for how long a student can take to finish any one course, or to get their final certification. In cases where there is a time limit, it’s usually quite liberal.
After all, e-learning courses are specifically designed to meet the needs of students who have other major demands on their time, such as raising a family or working a full-time job.
Location is another valuable benefit for most e-learning students.
Armed with a laptop and a set of ear buds or headphones, students can engage with their course work outside in a park, in the employee break lounge, on public transit, or anywhere else they find themselves with extra time to spare.
How eLearning Benefits Employers
Even if employers don’t enroll in e-learning courses themselves, their businesses will benefit when employees are motivated enough to take e-learning courses.
Employers can greatly enhance their talent resources when they encourage and reward employees for taking e-learning courses.
As the following article looks at, there are 3 basic needs for inspiring motivation in eLearning.
The first one is accessibility. Having the courses be accessible to the employees is a key part of making sure everyone is treated fairly in regards to the opportunity.
One great way to ensure this is to post news about the e-learning opportunities in employee newsletters, in company emails and on office bulletin boards. This is also a terrific way for employers to protect themselves against the possibility of discrimination suits.
A second way to motivate employees to take up e-learning is to make it relatable to their job success. It is in this way that employers can really benefit from helping all their employees to do better in their job performance.
Any industry can benefit from employees who are more educated in terms of dealing with the issues that come up in their job.
For example, a factory worker would benefit from courses that teach about automation. A salesperson would benefit from courses about purchasing behavior. A retail clerk would benefit from courses regarding preventing shoplifting.
Finally, employers can motivate employees to enroll in e-learning by offering rewards based on measurable goals.
When employees see that they can be promoted or earn more money by taking e-learning courses, everyone benefits.
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About the Author: Kate Supino writes about best business practices.
Taylor Tomita says
This article rocks, Kate. I am a big fan of eLearning and I try to take online classes as often as possible to expand my overall knowledge of the industry.
No matter what your job teaches you, there is always something more out there.
Kate Supino says
Thanks for your comment, Taylor!
I think online courses represent one of the most positive aspects of the Internet age we live in. They support people like you, me and so many others who are lifelong learners, and make knowledge more accessible to anyone who is interested.
Social Media Marketing says
Truly amazing! Thanks for sharing