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How to Select the Right Training Software for Your Company

April 1, 2021

Conducting employee training is crucial for any organization. New employees must be trained on unfamiliar processes and procedures, while all employees must stay up to date.

Any corporate trainer can tell you long, monotonous presentations are out and online training is in.

So, how do you decide which training software is right for your team? Here, we will highlight what you should consider before making this important investment.

Different types of training to consider

Organizations need different types of training, and ideal training platforms cover these topics easily.

Orientation

As the first interaction with an organization, new hires will learn about organizational structure, company policies and administrative procedures, as well as review and complete required paperwork for the human resources department.

Onboarding

Orientation includes onboarding, while training focuses on the employee’s specific role. Plugging into software and platforms, understanding personal and departmental goals, and learning technical aspects of the job happen during onboarding.

Soft skills

Technological and artificial intelligence advancements have affected many jobs. Soft skills are important, as these cannot be automated. Skills such as communication and time management are universal and help boost performance.

Safety

Every employee in any industry should receive safety training. From basic first aid and workplace evacuation plans to personal protective equipment and working with hazardous materials, employers should always make safety a priority.



What to look for in a platform

If your organization decides an online learning management system is the right direction, you should select the best one for your needs. With hundreds of platforms available, there are many features to compare to find your ideal match.

Top-tier content

Effective training material captures a learner’s attention. Interesting visuals, user-friendly navigation and relatable scenarios keep content fun and engaging, increasing knowledge retention.

In addition, training content cannot be outdated. Make sure any content you use is regularly reviewed and updated by the creators to be consistent with industry trends and changing requirements and regulations.

Cross-device functionality

The Pew Research Center found that 93% of millennials, 90% of Gen Xers and 98% of Gen Zers own a smartphone. The pervasiveness of mobile devices means learning should be accessible from anywhere.

Being able to complete training on mobile devices also makes it easier to keep your entire workforce compliant. No matter where employees are working, online courses make all training accessible.

Multiple language options

A study conducted by CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training shows that workers with limited English proficiency either did not understand a large amount of the provided English-language training or they did not have the language skills to ask questions. When training is offered in an employee’s native language, they are more likely to understand and retain information, making it incredibly important for courses to be available in other languages.

Flexible pricing models

As with any software, pricing for LMSs can be confusing. Look for one that offers a package that works for your needs, is transparent in pricing and does not carry hidden fees for unneeded extras.

Typically, a high-quality LMS will offer pricing levels per user, per course or for course licensing. There may also be costs for implementation and support. Be sure you are aware of every service for which you will be paying.

Take a test drive

For any purchase we make in our lives, we rarely buy things off one view. We try on clothes and make sure they fit; we take cars for a drive to see if we like all the features. Choosing a training software for your business should be no different.

Any reputable company should let you demo its product. After all, if you implement an LMS to discover it’s missing features or it isn’t user friendly, you are unlikely to renew your service. No company wants to lose a customer.

Make sure you can complete a few training courses and get all decision-making parties involved in the demo process.

In the end, it comes down to which training software can provide everything you and your team need in an easy, affordable way. Hopefully, this guide helps steer you in the right direction when considering all your options.

Contact SafetySkills today to see how our up-to-date course content and intuitive LMS can help you solve all your safety training needs.