The rapid digitalisation of the professional world has allowed e-learning methods to come to the forefront and be utilised to improve workplace training programmes.

When implemented correctly, e-learning can prove to be beneficial for businesses of all sizes from SMEs to blue-chip organisations, as they allow for a more developed learning experience. According to SH!FT, retention rates from e-learning programmes typically see an increase of between 25% and 60% compared to traditional methods.

As well as improving retention, e-learning platforms are widely accessible for employees, meaning that individuals can access these materials whenever they want on several devices, something that is particularly beneficial for those who work away from a desk.

To best implement e-learning into workplace training programmes, business leaders need to develop their awareness of some of the best methods under this bracket. We’ve listed three of them below.

Mobile learning

We are living in a society that has adapted to digital innovations to offer greater convenience for consumers in an increasingly hectic world. It is therefore imperative that flexible options are in place for employees in any professional industry to be able to develop their skills and carry out their roles effectively. Mobile learning can achieve this balance, when focused on the right areas.

Mobile learning can streamline the entire training process, as it provides employees with a common platform in which to develop in specific areas related to the business, as well as being incredibly convenient.

Especially beneficial for younger employees who have grown up in the mobile age, utilising this method of learning will allow each individual to access a familiar platform whenever they want and as frequently as they need in order to improve long term.

Interactive e-learning

Introducing interactive training in the workplace will provide employees with an opportunity to work collaboratively in order to maximise learning retention, as well as developing superior communication skills throughout an entire hierarchy.

If workplace training is solely focused on individual progression, there is no opportunity for employees to work together and share new ideas with one another, which can ultimately harm business progression.

From online group discussions to business simulations that utilise virtual reality and AI, there are several interactive options that business leaders can choose to implement in their workplace training programmes. For more information, please read our blog on introducing interactive training in the workplace here.

Video content and webinars

It’s no secret that audiovisual content has more of a lasting effect on the typical individual than traditional methods like lectures. When it comes to workplace training, it can be particularly beneficial in providing clear instructions for employees and sharing specific knowledge with them in a more aesthetically pleasing format.

Similarly, virtual learning webinars can be utilised to immerse employees in a visual environment focused on areas related to their role(s) within the business and can be used to prompt group discussions, further aiding team development and promoting a culture of collaboration. Much like other e-learning methods, videos and webinars are easy for employees to visit whenever they need to.

E-learning and workplace training can become synonymous when implemented with the specific needs of the workforce in mind. Business leaders who are looking to improve learning retention on an organisational scale can and should be utilising these methods in order to drive change and maintain continuity.