5 Tips for picking the best LMS (the first time)

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5 Tips for choosing the best LMS (the first time)

With a learning management system (LMS) that allows you to centralize all your learning content, you gain a single repository across various business units and organizational branches, rather than having to manage content across multiple systems.

One size doesn’t always fit all when it comes to onboarding and training sales personnel. An integrated LMS loaded with relatable onboarding content can make it easier for new hires to meet expectations.

Follow a few simple best practices, excerpted from our recent publication, “Onboarding at the Speed of Growth,” for making the right buy for the best LMS, the first time around.

5 Tips for picking the best LMS

#1 – Link your end users (learners) to the subject matter experts in your organization to bring light to the knowledge that your people may never have known was available to them. Beyond simple courses and learning plans, an end-to end LMS should support both social learning – that is, learning that happens via peer interaction and coaching – and experiential learning, or learning that happens in the workflow.

#2 – Provide learning content in both push and pull modalities to accommodate a variety of learning styles, business conditions and, of course, schedules. Enable a pull modality where new hires can access learning assets and and reach out to subject matter experts on their time to learn more about, say, the sales process or product.

#3 – Build and keep engagement up! Be sure to build gamification mechanics into your learning courses. By instilling a sense of accomplishment, gamification increases interaction and motivation in learning, which can provide a far more effective learning process than a traditional course can. Implement leaderboards, contests and awards – and never underestimate the power of a $10 gift card.

#4 – Don’t compromise your user experience. If a learning system delivers a poor experience, learners are unlikely to return or use it again once they have done and passed any mandatory assessments. It’s not just about usability – It’s a matter of creating an experience that supports and engages users right from the start and nurturing them along in their journey to keep them coming back for more.

#5 – Look for scalability. Adopt the best LMS that supports the evolving needs of your business. As you develop the need for a more sophisticated learning program, find a platform that can support multi-organizational environments, and adopt a platform with a flexible pricing model, so you only pay for the users who access the platform.

Continue reading to get industry benchmarks for employee turnover, and follow four best practices for maintaining the momentum built up in the interview process.