Technology

Autonomy in Workplace Learning: Invest in Your Employees, Invest in Your Business

By

Lauren Owens

| Jun 24, 2016

The one-size-fits-all approach to workplace learning isn’t perfect. Attendees sit in large, group settings, taking in the same information. Then, they have to figure out how to make it work for their particular situation. Because we know that employees require customized training to fit their specific needs, many companies are leaving old methods behind and letting employees take control of their professional development.

A culture of autonomy

Today, employees can solve problems on the fly. When they are away from work and encounter an issue, they instinctually turn to popular search engines. In a matter of seconds, employees have figured out how to fix a leaky pipe or patch a hole in the wall.

This is how employee training should be at work. It is the organization’s role to provide quality resources employees can turn to whenever they need them.

Power up employee training

How can you power up automated employee training at your organization? Utilizing a learning management system (LMS) can help streamline the process. With an LMS, you can:

  • create customizable training content,
  • automate the grading process,
  • track the success of courses with predefined reports and
  • store all content in one conveniently accessible dashboard.

This imperative shift is more than just an investment in employees; it’s an investment in your business. When employees feel a sense of autonomy at work, productivity increases and their impact on the business grows.

Grade-A results

This autonomous approach to learning is coming alive in businesses, as more and more find that it really pays off.

In fact, studies show that organizations with an LMS experience:

  • a 60 percent increase in retention
  • a 50 percent boost in productivity
  • 26 percent more revenue generated per employee
  • a 75 percent increase in employee engagement

Employee-driven learning may take some getting used to for many organizations, but those that choose to make the commitment will reap the benefits.

About the Author

Lauren Owens

Lauren is an enthusiastic writer who is passionate about numerous topics surrounding the HCM industry including talent management and acquisition, technology, document management and leadership. Lauren is a former Paycom blogger, social strategist and community relations coordinator.

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