"More and more HR departments are turning to online courses to reduce costs, improve productivity, and develop an effective workforce."
Human resources can make or break a company, and it is up to the HR team to make sure the workforce is as productive and cost-effective as possible.
From hiring to onboarding, professional development to legal, mediation to termination; HR managers shoulder some tough responsibilities.
More and more HR departments are turning to online courses to reduce costs, improve productivity, and develop an effective workforce.
Pre-Qualify Potential Hires
One trend we are starting to see is HR managers using online courses to pre-qualify and narrow down the pool of potential hires.
By taking a short course and completing quizzes on their own time, motivated candidates can bipass the "resume pile" and get right to the next step in the interview process.
Streamline the On-boarding Process
As new hires are brought into an organization, it is up to HR to get them up to speed and ready to work. Online courses streamline this process by creating an organized means to deliver orientation materials, policies and procedures, and job-specific training.
Ensure Regulatory Compliance
Every business has internal and external policies that employees need to understand and follow. Whether it is industry specific like SEC guidelines, or general like safety guidelines and internal sexual harassment policies; online courses allow HR teams to distribute regulatory information and verify that employees have received, reviewed, and understand it.
Reduce Training Costs
There is a reason why so many fortune 500 companies have moved their training online. One-on-one training requires time and money, and takes resources away from their other job responsibilities.
Online courses allow employees to learn at their own pace, at their desk or at home, and give HR the ability to monitor the user's progress as they complete the modules.
Training is conducted faster, evaluations are simpler, and it is much easier to update modules as job responsibilities change.
Fill in Knowledge Gaps
Maybe you hired a top sales person who doesn't have experience with Salesforce or you have a crack team of developers who need to learn Ruby on Rails for a special integration project. There are countless situations where a candidate would be perfect for a job, but are missing one or two key skills.
Targeted courses help fill in the knowledge gaps and give people the training they need without wasting time on things they already know.
Reduce Health Insurance Costs
Employee wellness programs have been around for decades, but online education has made it easier to offer them on a large scale.
Health and wellness programs help employees lose weight, quit smoking, reduce stress, and live a healthier lifestyle. Not only does this lead to a happier and more productive workforce, but many insurance companies offer discounts and incentives for companies whose employees complete wellness classes.
Compile and Implement HR Policies and Procedures
Managing and implementing company policies and procedures can be a nightmare. That is why more and more HR teams are using online courses to manage the way this information is organized and distributed.
As policies change, HR teams can quickly add and update content and make sure it is distributed company-wide.
Develop Leaders within the Organization
Strong companies need strong leaders, and often it falls on HR to create and implement programs for leadership development.
HR managers use online courses to provide training and professional development, incorporating quizzes and tests to evaluate employee success as they progress.