Companies across all industry segments use our turnkey solution to deploy online skills training to their employees. After all, we give them 24/7 access to nearly 800 online skills courses and 13 industry-recognized certification programs. So, if you’re considering 180 Skills to create, grow, and retain a skilled workforce, here are seven points worth pondering.
1. Assign an LMS Administrator
Your LMS administrator is in charge of defining user roles within the 180 Skills training system and assigning courses or learning paths to employees. They can also enroll new users, manage teams, and curate personalized learning paths. When choosing an administrator, you want someone with computer and communication skills and an understanding of your company’s policy and goals for skills training.
2. Determine Training Needs
Meet with department managers to review every job description in their area. If your company has experienced significant growth or change, your employees may have gaps in their knowledge and skills. As a team, you want to identify the skills needed to be successful in each role and determine the strengths and weaknesses of the employees in those roles. Keep in mind that new hire training is different from an upskilling training initiative.
3. Make Training Personal
Employee training is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Take the time to ask your employees what they need to be successful in their positions. You can develop individualized training plans to help them reach their career goals within your organization. Be sure to explain that you’re interested in their feedback for skills training purposes; otherwise, they might not be as open and honest as you would like them to.
4. Motivate Employees to Learn
Your employees need to understand the value of skills training. So, be sure to explain how it can make them better at their jobs and prepare them for growth opportunities. You might even ask someone in your company to serve as a training evangelist who promotes the value of learning development. Also, look for different ways to make training fun via department competitions and the like.
Furthermore, you can keep your employees engaged in skills training by supporting and encouraging them all the way through. When you see progress, no matter how big or small, be sure to recognize employees for their hard work and share their wins with others. Incentives such as small prizes or celebration cookouts tend to go a long way with employees.
5. Make Time and Space for Training
Give your employees time for their skills training during work hours. While this is often a source of hesitation for companies, you’ll find the return on investment for skills training is immense when done consistently. However, our courses aren’t very time-consuming. Most of them take less than two hours to complete. Plus, our courses are self-paced and don’t need to be completed all at once.
Additionally, make it easy for your employees to access their courses by providing them with a laptop or tablet. While employees can download the Litmos app to their smartphones, we recommend using a large-screen device to get the full effect of our animation training environment.
6. Hold Learners Accountable
Make employees accountable for their skills development by following up with them accordingly. While informal discussions are okay, you should consider a formal process that factors training goals into annual performance evaluations.
At the departmental level, your team leaders should regularly review their employee training reports and schedule meetings with them to discuss their progress and how they might start implementing what they’ve learned into daily operations. Team leaders should also consider incorporating training tidbits into their stand-up meetings.
Furthermore, each online skills course has an instructor training plan, so team leaders can use hands-on activities to develop employee skills.
7. Adjust Training as Needed
Use the LMS reporting tool to get a complete picture of employee progress, performance, and completion rates. By doing so, you can fine-tune your skills training strategy and ensure that employees are going down the right learning path. Also, be willing to adjust your efforts based on employee participation and feedback.
Bringing 180 Skills training into your organization takes time and energy, but the rewards are indisputable. When properly implemented, our skills training will make your employees more efficient and effective in their jobs, allowing you to benefit from increased productivity, decreased job errors, and less turnover.
What can 180 Skills training do for your workforce? Schedule a free demo to find out.