Does your organization use an LMS? Is it working for you? Does it provide your company with the features and solutions to improve, develop, and boost productivity? This is why a cutting-edge, top-of-the-line learning management system (LMS) represents such an incredible value to just about every company.
Whether used exclusively for employee onboarding or sustained engaging corporate learning, a good LMS helps a company root out inefficiencies and centralize many of its workplace operations. If the LMS is implemented correctly, it enables companies to not only get 100% from each and every employee but to increase each employee’s performance ceiling.
There are a variety of benefits to using an LMS for your organizational development, but here are three ways an LMS can boost workforce productivity:
3 ways an LMS can boost your organization's productivity
1. Creates autonomy for employees
According to Michael Mankins, a partner at Bain & Company and the co-author of “Time, Talent, Energy: Overcome Organizational Drag and Unleash Your Team’s Productive Power”:
"The average business loses around a quarter of its productive capacity to processes written into its organizational bureaucracy"
As such, companies have the opportunity to significantly improve their workforce’s productivity simply by unleashing the potential lost to “organizational drag".
But what is the most effective way to approach minimizing organizational drag? For starters, it’s helpful to emphasize the importance of employee autonomy, which is made much easier with a modern LMS.
- Employee autonomy must be built first and foremost on trust, but this doesn’t mean that managers should adopt a completely hands-off approach
- Giving employees their space, allowing them to work in whatever manner they prefer as long as they produce, is certainly a key step toward building autonomy
- Automated LMSs facilitate team growth and can even help build company culture by delivering what we like to call “just-in-time learning"
- The automated learning process facilitated by a modern LMS ensures that employees gain access to the insights they need at the precise moment they need them
- An automated LMS offers managers the ability to orchestrate team growth, productivity, and efficiency all without having to micromanage employees’ everyday operation
- As a result, fostering productivity no longer requires managers to constantly probe employees with well-intentioned but invasive questions about how things are coming along
In this way, employee autonomy is actually reinforced by automated workplace tools, a development that reduces organizational drag.
Continu provides organizations with the features and solutions they need to create autonomy for employees and managers. Improve your organization's learning, training, and development with features such as:
- Easy-to-use workflows to automate processes
- Powerful eLearning authoring tools
- Create entire training courses in one platform
- Provide learning or training resources to anyone at any time
- Track training progress and attendance
- Generate detailed reports on training initiatives
2. Facilitating employee involvement
As a supervisor, you’d like to see even the most experienced and well-qualified hires improve over time. Offering your employees the resources and opportunities necessary to consistently engage in on-the-job learning will help build a more skilled and competent workforce. It also demonstrates to your employees that you are invested in their success and professional development.
Fostering employee growth benefits a company not only as a means to increase human capital but as a morale-boosting motivational mechanism as well. Both are critical to sustained workforce productivity.
Beyond ensuring that employees have access to learning modules that are highly customized, tailored to their needs, interactive, and engaging, companies should consider using their LMS to help create workplace conditions that are amenable to learning. These include:
Collaborative learning: According to Bersin by Deloitte, 80% of workplace learning happens via on-the-job interactions with peers and supervisors. As such, an effective LMS should incorporate this collaborative tendency and recognize that learning is a fundamentally social experience. The workplace community is an essential support system for each constituent member, and recognizing the value of this kind of “blended learning” is fundamental to getting the most out of every employee.
Workplace communication: While collaborative learning is a great goal, companies can’t expect a team to learn together before they’ve even become a cohesive unit. As any seasoned manager will tell you, team-building depends first and foremost upon good communication. If team members aren’t talking to each other, there’s a good chance they aren’t learning with each other. It is therefore absolutely essential that a company’s LMS seamlessly integrates with its existing communication tools. For example, Slack integration enables employees to receive notifications and assignments even when they aren’t logged into their company’s LMS. When learning materials are interwoven with day-to-day communication in this manner, collaborative learning becomes just another part of ongoing workplace conversations.
Learning-driven company culture: It’s no secret that company culture can be a difficult thing to pin down. Hiring practices focused not only on skill and experience but on compatibility and fit are a requisite first step in preserving a corporate ethos, but successfully integrating new employees into your company requires an ongoing effort, as does keeping them productive once they’re onboarded. Even if a new hire is an expert in his or her field, he or she is not automatically an expert in the way your company does business. Companies must make an effort to create a corporate atmosphere in which even “experts” feel comfortable admitting what they don’t know and taking the requisite steps to close their knowledge gaps.
This is where a good LMS comes into play. Among the many ways an LMS can help engage your workforce, the “crowd-sourcing” of worker recognition is one of the most potent. By enabling team members, managers, and execs to easily comment on, like, and share the achievements racked up by employees, an LMS facilitates recognition of the small, everyday successes that fall through the cracks between formal performance reviews.
3. Establishing a Sense of Purpose
Generally speaking, an understanding of why we’re doing what we’re doing undergirds our willingness to march on. Having a clear purpose at work helps employees recognize that all of their efforts, all of their hard work, are contributing to something greater. While fair wages and a supportive workplace are certainly key components of a happy and productive workforce, a defined sense of purpose is just as important.
Simply put, most people who are already a plurality of the American workforce strive to find some sort of meaning in their job. As such, companies hoping to attract top talent must not only be able to articulate a clear, ambitious corporate vision, but they must also be prepared to elucidate precisely how they hope each particular employee will contribute to the organization’s overarching mission.
Like with learning itself, the purpose is most powerful when encoded in a company’s workplace culture. Fortunately, a modern LMS can be used to distribute an in-depth, interactive company “manifesto” that not only reinforces the leader’s mission and values, but also clarifies where the company is, where it wants to go, and how each employee will have a part in getting there.
Final thoughts on an LMS for workforce productivity
A company that offers its employees autonomy, an opportunity for improvement, recognition, and purpose will ultimately develop a workforce that is more engaged, more motivated, and more productive than its competitors. As the Gallup report makes clear, there is a great deal of room for improvement on these fronts. As everything above makes clear, an LMS is a great way to make strides in the right direction.
With the ever-increasing speed at which business takes place, companies are finding less and less time to onboard employees and expand their skill-sets once they settle into their daily routines. E-learning platforms offer an elegant solution to this time-crunch and ensure that companies don’t have to choose between workforce productivity and meeting their daily business obligations.