Teaching on Their Time: Elearning for Employees by @DrRKayGreen
by Dr. R. Kay Green | Featured Contributor
The fact is simple: your employees have lives outside of their jobs. They have families to take care of, friends to keep in touch with, errands to run, hobbies to pursue.
Think about your typical nine-to-five job. Accounting for things like traffic, the time it takes to do things like cook and eat dinner, and general exhaustion after a hard day’s work, this leaves your employees with precious little time to pursue things that they want to pursue. They have a few hours during the day and their weekends, but this is about it.
You can understand, then, why some employees might be hesitant or even resentful of employee training.
Classes take time to complete. There is simply no way around this fact. Even if you pay for the classes, and even if you go as far as paying your employees for going, no amount of money can really make up for time taken from things that they would rather be doing.
And when classes are in-person and mandatory, that can be even more frustrating. Because the time is so rigid, you might very well be cutting into another obligation. You might be causing them to miss a child’s graduation, or a date night, or a beloved activity.
No matter how much someone loves their job, you can still run the risk of them resenting a class if it comes at a time that is inconvenient.
So what is the solution? How can you make it so that employees enjoy going to class — or at least make sure that they do not actively resent it, which will likely lead to them not learning anything.
The answer is simple: you do not make them “go” to a class at all. You make the class go to them.
Elearning has seen growth in the education market, and other businesses are seeing the benefits of this kind of technology, as well. When it comes to employee training, it can often be easier to let them learn on their own schedule, in the comfort of their own homes. Not only does this take away any sort of pressure that a traditional learning environment might put on them — it is also more convenient.
For this reason, among many others, businesses are focusing on elearning. By giving employees an online learning platform, you can make sure that they are learning at a time that is actually convenient for them. It puts your employees back in control of their schedule outside of their nine-to-five job.
And make no mistake — your employees should be allowed to take control of their schedule. This allows them to feel more in charge of their own learning, which will make them more independent and inclined to actually listen to the lessons being told. And by offering them an elearning platform, you allow them to learn important things without sacrificing the time dedicated to things they care about.
A strong elearning platform shows just how much you value your employees time. It shows respect for their needs — and this, in turn, will lead to a happier, more productive workforce.
Dr. R. Kay Green is the CEO/President of RKG Marketing Solutions Inc. With over 190,000+ Twitter followers, 35,000+ Facebook Likes, and the Top 1% LinkedIn profile designation, Dr. Kay, a self-motivated trailblazer, is the Quintessential “New-Age” Professional Woman, and PhD Marketing Pro. She earned a Doctorate of Business Administration in Marketing, and has completed PhD coursework in Leadership and Organization Change. She also holds a Master of Business Administration in Marketing and Management, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, and an Associate of Arts in Marketing Management.
She is affiliated with several prestigious universities and has instructed over 350 courses online. A popular speaker on Marketing and Business topics, Dr. Green is currently featured on Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, Black News, The Network Journal, Business Review USA, Digital Journal, College View, Business New Hampshire Magazine, Bay State Banner, Reader’s Circle, North Dallas Gazette, Harlem News, Top News Today, One News Page, NE Informer, Women in Business PR News, Consumer News Today, Women PR News, San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, Chicago Daily Herald, The Miami Herald, and Book News Articles.