Investing in a learning management system provides your users with resources to advance their career development and reduce overall costs for your organization. You can automate tedious processes like scheduling training, distributing learning materials, covering unnecessary expenses and gathering manual reports.
With the right tools, your LMS will maximize your benefits and increase your return on investment — increasing revenue and giving you more time to focus on your plans and initiatives. Learn how you can configure your LMS to meet your business needs while providing training that facilitates employee growth, satisfaction and retention rates.
Cutting costs, saving time and improving productivity are some fundamental ways your LMS affects your business' return on investment. Let's take a closer look at some other ways that your learning management system impacts ROI in training and development services for your employees and provides tangible benefits.
No matter what industry you serve, an LMS will allow you to provide personalized, tailored training for mission-critical positions as you help employees along their career paths. As you assess employee and company progress, you will discover new learning opportunities you can align with your organization's goals.
Your team is paramount to your business, and giving them the tools to succeed within your LMS will help all employees guide your objectives in the right direction. Online learning lets you easily configure employee content and deliver the proper training that will increase your ROI down the line.
Along with configuration, LMS provides access to high-quality content that keeping training materials consistent across all employees. This feature will help you set a knowledge standard in your organization and ensure everyone benefits from the same sources.
An LMS saves time and money, but it also offers advantages to onboarding employees. New hires — or existing employees receiving growth training — can study at any time and place. Employees will appreciate the opportunity to complete their training on their time in the comfort of their preferred location, and this flexibility also removes the need for traditional in-class training.
When employees have the chance to learn and focus on their training outside work, they can fully absorb the new material and knowledge, simultaneously facilitating their individual and professional development.
When your LMS offers remote and online training, there is no need to interrupt your work schedule to fit in sessions. Whether you need to arrange training for a few new employees or the entire company, there will be fewer disruptions in your operations because employees won't be attending sessions during work hours.
When your day-to-day business runs smoothly, your LMS will also minimize downtime expenses as employees can get the education they need without missing days or weeks of work.
When you implement an LMS — or decide on a replacement — you must consider the overall general value perception it brings to your organization. Your LMS should benefit your current team members while attracting new employees and elevating your brand in your industry.
Consider how much use your team makes of online training and learning resources and which sources provide the most value. If your employees receive useful information that significantly improves their development during targeted training, it can positively affect your ROI.
As you determine which sources are the most impactful, you can provide new options that align with your organization's learner needs and key positions to improve your LMS ROI.
There are many different ways to measure the employee training return on investment of your learning management system. You can calculate your ROI by adding revenue estimates with your direct cost savings, then subtracting the costs of your online learning platform. From there, you can divide your total investment costs and multiply that number by 100, giving you a percentage that reflects your ROI for your LMS.
Overall maintenance costs are one of the most straightforward ways to calculate the ROI of your LMS. With traditional training courses, you would need to supply printed materials and reimburse trainers for accommodation and transportation. Funding unnecessary traveling for traditional training can hinder your financial growth and prevent you from seeing the training ROI you desire. Booking flights, hotels, rental cars and meals for employees or potential employees can eat into your investment before seeing any revenue.
In addition, you may need to rent a classroom or other facility for the training to take place. You can factor in all these costs to help you determine how much your LMS is benefiting you, your employees and your organization.
With an LMS, employees can learn remotely from trainers, and online learners can view saved content to account for varying schedules and needs. There's no need to own expensive hardware or ensure tons of data storage, and all users only need an internet connection to access courses and features.
Your LMS will primarily affect a few regions of your company's direct cost cuts, including reduced:
Physical material to update, distribute and print
Costs for training facilities
Management and installation costs
Fees and reimbursement to educators and trainers
Your business can focus on maximizing your learning management system's ROI instead of having to arrange a quarterly or yearly schedule for learning and other resources. Your LMS will also provide efficient workflows for remote teams, making training more convenient and helping you save costs in other avenues.
Maintaining control over your data is essential, but it can become a costly investment among installation, setup, hardware configuration and staff training expenses. Using an LMS, your organization can benefit from security-based processes and easily set data access levels.
Dealing with your data in this way is much simpler with less hardware and fewer people needed to manage and upkeep data, which means you will see a reduction in maintenance costs. Your LMS will provide you with the resources and solutions you need to keep your data safe with robust security management.
Your LMS should also integrate employee, training and qualification data seamlessly with other systems and third-party tools so you won't have to replace your software or spend too much time on the integration process.
Effective training is an invaluable asset for organizational growth, but it's equally vital to determine if you're getting a maximized return on your investment. Assessing productivity is an excellent way to calculate your learning management system's success and efficiency — and, therefore, your ROI. Whenever a new or existing employee is busy with training, lost productivity occurs, which becomes an indirect cost.
Along with productivity comes optimization, which an LMS can generate as employees can access e-learning courses and relevant training content from their home office, work laptop or mobile device. This reach allows you to optimize organizational productivity and employee time management.
Businesses that use an LMS invest in quality sales training, regulatory compliance, customer and partner training and onboarding, making it easier for all learners to succeed. A significant advantage of this type of learning is that an LMS can collect learner data to create an overview of your training's effectiveness compared with previous years.
You can measure your training's sustainability by accounting for employee feedback, engagement, skill level and goals alongside your performance results. Consider how vital results are for your other organizational strategies. Measuring the ROI of your learning management programs is just as critical.
While your LMS may be bringing in benefits, it's worth considering whether you are maximizing the opportunities that come with it. With the right LMS, you can simultaneously improve your ROI, increase revenue, decrease costs and ensure all employees reach their learning potential. Consider some ways you can enhance your bottom line and maximize your chosen platform.
Focus on High-Impact Strategies While saving money is a significant benefit for your LMS' ROI, saving time is equally vital. When using an LMS to implement training outside work hours, you can clear up your schedule to focus on more impactful strategies and initiatives.
A modern LMS will automate specific processes that allow you to focus on other organizational goals, such as:
The creation of configured learning paths
Tracking and monitoring employee progress
Access to training KPIs
Managing paperwork for these operations alone can be time-consuming and costly. When you automate these operations within your LMS, your administrative staff will have more opportunities to breathe life into new goals that get your business moving forward. An LMS will help your employees prioritize their time and become more efficient members of your organization.
Increase Employee Retention Employee retention is vital to your organizational success because constantly hiring new employees and losing experienced staff can become expensive. Your employee retention rates can directly impact your organization's margins, as high turnover results in higher costs, affecting your ROI. Losing an employee means you also lose their contributions and productivity until you find a replacement and thoroughly train them.
In addition, new employees are not as efficient right off the bat as experienced employees who are familiar with your organization's inner workings. Your employees should always feel they have the chance to grow and advance toward new skills, or they may seek other job opportunities that give them these resources.
When team members feel their employer values their development, it can boost their overall satisfaction and productivity. Reducing turnover and retaining your talented employees by continuously cultivating their skills and abilities also helps keep your organization competitive.
Think of your LMS as an incentive for employees to develop skills that will set them up for growth in their careers, such as obtaining certifications, specialized roles and other internal positions.
Improve the User Experience The user experience plays a significant role in employee training and satisfaction, ultimately leading to increased ROI. When you implement an LMS, you can adjust and configure the platform to your business practices and culture to ensure it provides a valuable learning experience for your needs.
Your LMS interface should offer a user-friendly environment that's easy to navigate across different modules and resources. Your LMS may only need a few minor tweaks to best fit your business goals, but your platform must fit your brand and identify with your organizational culture and identity.
A practical way to test this is to use your LMS as an employee would and put yourself in their shoes. Is your LMS intuitive and easy to use? Does it offer value to your employees? Consider all possibilities to determine necessary changes that will improve the learner experience, impact them more and boost retention rates.
Boost Engagement With E-Learning Employees appreciate having multiple ways to learn and access training material. When you offer learning resources that allow your employees to measure their knowledge and reach their qualification goals in many different forms, it provides a better experience. Some of the ways your employees can benefit from e-learning include:
You can also promote your LMS e-learning through your company's social media accounts. When employees learn they can engage in various learning styles, it will grow their interest and appreciation for the platform and content you offer through your LMS.
Social media outreach also helps expand your LMS visibility and allows users to interact in post-learning methods and sources as they discuss their knowledge with other experienced employees. Social learning is an excellent way to encourage your team, from new hires to seasoned experts, to work with their peers and send and receive feedback throughout the learning process.
This learning engagement boost justifies the ROI as your organization will see more information-sharing methods and effective learning results. While you gain user feedback, you can measure knowledge transfer and upgrade qualifications that fit with your business' goals. As your company scales up, your LMS grows to accommodate your needs.
Implement Automated Processes Whether you are onboarding new hires, distributing certifications and keeping employees updated with constantly changing compliance requirements, your LMS can accommodate your needs and automate your everyday tasks — improving your ROI.
With an advanced learning management system comes productive tools, such as ISOtrain’s integrated Notification Management iMail tool, that instantly and automatically informs your employees of their training requirements through reminders and email notifications. These qualification-related features give your users the ability to remain proactive and give you more control over your organization's compliance.
Here's how iMail can improve your automated processes in your LMS.
Automated training reminders and notifications: You can configure your processing behavior and choose which types of alerts to send and how often to send them throughout the course. This feature assists with employee awareness and keeps them in the loop about training due dates, simplifying your management process.
Real-time employee qualification: With iMail, you can conduct qualification checks at specific times to determine requirements based on employee qualifications by comparing them to your organization's training requirements. This feature will help with individual expectations and match your specified criteria with every employee.
Audit readiness: iMail operates within ISOtrain's system, ensuring compliance. Employees will always be up to date with automated and integrated notifications that keep your organization in compliance.
Reduce Costs With Faster Reporting Your LMS can also reduce time spent on tedious administrative tasks, such as manual reporting. Without an LMS, employees will spend days on end keeping up with reports on training, cutting into their productivity and efficiency. A modern LMS should include features for user analysis, such as feedback and discussion questions. With reporting and analytics methods, you can gather these reports and use them to estimate your ROI and adjust your LMS as needed.
ISOtrain carries iReport, a reporting tool that runs scheduled reports according to your needs and quickly delivers them to the correct person. The ISOtrain-integrated Report Scheduling Management tool will also keep your organization in full compliance with regulatory requirements and provide additional benefits.
Automate scheduled reporting: You can predefine your reporting needs with iReport, collect data, generate and deliver scheduled reports — all without manual processes. This feature also maintains history details, such as failure, tries, retries, errors and rejections, to ensure you will always have what you need to prove you comply with regulations.
Boost productivity: iReport provides automation for repetitive reporting tasks and requests, allowing administrative employees and supervisors to spend less time producing report queues and other required information and invest more time on high-impact tasks.
Integrated and audit-ready: With iReport, you can benefit from more than an automated, configurable schedule. A fully integrated, automated process collects your users' reporting requests across your platform and keeps track of time, schedules and details for optimized execution and management
Whether you're looking to increase your current employee training program's ROI or introduce a new LMS to effective training courses, Softek is your central point to improvement. Our primary solution, ISOtrain, is a learning management system designed to benefit your business through training management solutions.
Organizing, scheduling and managing training processes while maintaining full compliance with regulatory and company requirements is easy with various built-in features that allow your business to soar. We develop versatile tools and solutions for many regulated industries that configure to your needs and get you to meet your goals. Contact us today to learn more about our services or ask for a free trial to get started.