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Beyond Onboarding: Why Ongoing Corporate Learning is a Must

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37% of workers feel that their current skillset will not help them earn a promotion

According Spherion Staffing’s 2017 survey, approximately 38% of workers are concerned about falling behind in acquiring new skills for the future. The survey also found that 37% of workers feel that their current skillset will not help them earn a promotion. In a world where organizations are often looking to hire for skills that did not previously exist, how can employees remain competitive?

With online corporate training, companies and learners have easy access to on demand learning and development. Looking to know more about a programming language that is new to you? There’s a course for that. Need to brush up on pivot charts in Microsoft Excel? There’s also a course for that. Evolving skill sets are becoming the new expectation and online learning should now be leveraged for more than just onboarding.

Remain Competitive and Retain Talent

Having 24/7 access to training enables organizations to remain competitive and retain talent. Additionally, for employees this provides an invaluable way to have access to resources for career development. This is evident for workers seeking to re-enter the workforce. WorkSource Oregon, Oregon’s public workforce system, uses eLearning in a program called Train Oregon, which offers free online skill-building to workers for career prep and training. By taking advantage of these eLearning courses, workers are able to harness self-service training to acquire the skills they need to get themselves back into the workforce.  

Organizations that offer online training are preparing their employees with learning opportunities that many prospective workers are already using. Companies like Toshiba are harnessing the powerful connection between content and a learning management system (LMS) to create career succession tracks for workers. Now when employees are looking to move roles, there’s a clear path to gaining the right skills required for the position.

A PWC survey reported that 52% of millennials are drawn to companies for career progression opportunities. With eLearning that is easily accessible and more connected to career progression, companies have the capability to not only attract but retain talent. An EY global generations study found that most millennials quit jobs when career advancement is not available.  

Since so many companies are already leveraging eLearning for compliance and onboarding, why not use ongoing learning as an employee benefit?

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About the author

Simone Smith is a Digital Marketing Specialist at OpenSesame, the world’s largest library of eLearning courses.