Less time in the conference room, better training 

Less time in the conference room, better training 

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Rob Belliveau (Founder and President, NeonTrain Inc.)

We’ve all been there. You most likely got up early because it’s not the typical workday. You’re going to a conference room. There are pastries and subpar coffee, or nothing at all. You’re disappointed there aren’t even mediocre snacks. Through the pandemic, we’ve had a break from experiencing training this way, but it’s also given companies time to think: is this the best way to help our people learn? 

These days, most businesses, organizations, or non-profits either have training in their mandate, or they have internal training for new employees. Each year, more independent contractors provide specialized training as part of their services to clients, helping fill niche knowledge gaps. Whether it’s onboarding training, training clients based in your subject matter expertise, or issue-specific training to create the culture or growth you want at your company, we’ve all dealt with training at work, and we’ve all said to ourselves: “there has to be a better way.” 

Incorporating eLearning into your training can save you time, save you money, and even provide better learning outcomes. Each learner gets to go at their own pace, reviewing content as they need. We avoid the downfalls of the boardroom training session, where some are bored at the same time as others struggle to keep up. 

eLearning lets everyone go at their own pace and set the same foundation. When you do need an in person, or live online session with an instructor, eLearning ensures everyone has had their time to review materials and start from a shared understanding. This combined method is called hybrid learning, where you incorporate eLearning while maintaining elements of in person or live education. It is becoming increasingly popular in every industry. 

With hybrid learning, your instructor’s time can be spent leading discussions — answering those harder questions or demonstrating hands-on skills, instead of “explaining the basics” for the 100th time. This hybrid approach has proved effective for everyone from fire fighters to charity volunteers, helping any small or medium-sized organization maximize their resources while achieving the best learning outcomes. 

Once we understand the problems eLearning can solve, we still have to know how to get there. Content doesn’t create itself, and PowerPoints thrown in a shared space aren’t eLearning. This is where an external expert can transfer your knowledge into dynamic content, build it from scratch with your expert guidance, or train your team to create amazing eLearning. Many businesses have started to see how investing in customized learning solutions now will save money long-term by reducing repetitive costs for food, travel, facilitation or venue. 

And we can’t ignore the work life balance that eLearning can help provide your clients. The flexibility of online learning allows people to set their own schedules, reduces stress around commuting or childcare, and lets them adapt their learning timeline to their lives. As evidenced in this past year, balance helps people bring their best to everything they do, much more than unreasonable expectations and inflexible schedules. 

For local eLearning Solutions, contact Chamber Member NeonTrain Inc.

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