Are you sitting comfortably? Good. Then let us tell you a story. No, we’re not talking about the kind that you’d read in a book (so last millennia); this is a very modern tale about a world in which eLearning can have all manner of health benefits to your business.

Once upon a time, conventional teacher-classroom set-ups were the key to finding business solutions and training staff. But since its advent 15 years ago, eLearning has changed the face of traditional learning, especially as it has evolved and become more slick and streamlined – which is just the effect it can have on your business. So, how can it help you to trim down the post-Christmas bulge and ensure that operations are as lean and nimble as can be?

1. eLearning can boost productivity

The Fortune 500 can usually be relied upon to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to business practice, so the fact that 40 per cent of companies who rank amongst this trailblazing elite use eLearning techniques to train employees tells its own story – and one with a particularly happy ending. IBM is one such forward-thinking adopter of eLearning strategy and tools. The effect? It has reported a staggering 50 per cent increase in efficiency. Why? Because better trained employees equal more streamlined and better quality output. What’s more, IBM estimates that for every $1 spent on training employees, $30 has been ploughed back into its productivity. Compelling, sit-up-in-your-chair stuff, right? But that’s not all.

2. eLearning can save money and time

It stands to reason that if productivity can up the work efficacy of your employees then it will be benefitting your purse strings. But in even more basic terms, since eLearning can be picked up at any time and anywhere, it dispenses with both the small and large costs usually associated with staff training, from travel expenses to outlay for printed materials. Throw into the mix that training disruptions are kept to a minimum since everything fits around your employees’ schedules (not those of a trainer), and hey presto, a few more pounds are shaved off the average business bulge.

3. eLearning helps employees stay in peak mental condition

When it comes to eLearning, the proof is in the pudding. A poll of companies that use this method to educate staff reveals that some 72 per cent believe eLearners absorb information anywhere between 25 – 60 per cent quicker than those using traditional learning methods, while their learning curve is reportedly some 60 per cent steeper. Impressed? You should be; of the 72 per cent of companies that has taken training online, the stats reveal that 46 per cent are likely to be leaders in their fields. Education is, as they say, the most powerful weapon. And with eLearning there’s no excuse not to equip your staff with the ammunition necessary to fire that weapon with a straight aim. Need further proof? An estimated 25 per cent of employees leave their roles on account of insufficient training opportunities.

4. eLearning is the future

As employers, all of us have to keep one eye on how the future of industry is expected to unfold over the decade ahead. And since 18,000,000 college students now take at least one class online, the outlook is, undoubtedly, bright courtesy of digital education.

5. So where should you start?

Fresh01 has been a world leader in SCORM-compliant eLearning programmes since 2001. We don’t like to blow our own trumpet, but our well-established reputation as the premier supplier of eLearning solutions to the security industry is borne out by the fact that we scooped the Communicator Award for excellence in multimedia for Lockheed Martin USA’s ‘SECOND NATURE®.

But we’re far too busy for too much patting ourselves on the back; the world of eLearning never sits still, and neither do we. Instead we keep ahead of the curve when it comes to our intuitive, interactive and immersive programmes, which balance fun (via game and quiz formats) with testing and enhanced content including film to voiceover to soundscaping.

There has never been a better time to shave the unwanted excess, trim down and keep your staff engaged, happy and performing better – all the while saving you money. It is, as they say, a no-brainer.

Contact Greg Feltham to discover the benefits for yourself.

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