Want to improve employee retention? Try implementing a learning management system.
As a business owner, it’s easy to understand the benefits of high employee retention. Actually understanding how you can do it on a day-to-day basis is another thing.
The fact of the matter is that untrained employees are demotivated and frustrated, while well-trained employees are generally happier and capable of representing your business in a positive manner. Learning management system (LMS) platforms are a great way to provide engaging and motivating learning and development (L&D) strategies ensuring your employees are challenged and have a clear path to progress.
Below are five tips for using an LMS to help with employee retention and, most importantly, how you can essentially automate the process.
1. Use Data to Inform Your L&D Strategy
When it comes to training and development strategies, nothing speaks more clearly and truthfully than data. Employees rank training as one of the biggest and best perks they can receive in their workplace, but this can and does change very quickly when employees are driven towards an undesired training path.
Polls, surveys, anonymous Q&A’s or even a five-minute sit-down can provide a whole load of actionable data, which, in the long run, will save you on wasted resources pushing undesired L&D strategies.
2. Seek Out Learning and Skills Gaps
With most LMS platforms you can track and monitor teams, departments and organizations filtering down to an individual. When analyzing the data from your learners and the L&D strategy you can start to paint a picture of what areas are excelling and where there are problems. If you're seeing this in real-time or able to pick it up before it goes unnoticed for too long, you could, for example, add in additional training or create face-to-face supplementary courses.
3. Personalize the Experience
You may have several departments, locations, services and employees, which means you will have a variety of L&D requirements. Employees who have to complete training that is not suitable for their role or career progression are unlikely to engage with the content or even complete it. Setting career paths via personalized training routes are the perfect way to provide your employees with relevant goals and action items, keeping them motivated and engaged.
4. Incorporate 'Sticky' Material
When you provide training with an LMS, you also provide the ability to revisit the course over and over again, which comes in handy when some learners have a longer learning curve or they happen to lose their notes.
Giving your employees the chance to go back over courses and training is a great way to ensure learning materials stick, since employees are not under pressure to remember everything straight away.
5. Accomodate for Various Learning Styles
Blended learning is not only a massive cost saver for your business but it also accommodates to the needs of various learning styles. Some employees may take longer than others, or there may be skills/learning gaps that require face-to-face training. An effective LMS will combine various styles of training from videos to quizzes, as well as include other options for learning.
L&D can be a tedious and lengthy process, and it’s difficult to see the initial ROI. It can be off-putting for a business owner who may not have a large number of employees. But employee retention is part of culture, and culture takes time to develop – time that needs to be spent ensuring employees are happy and engaged.