There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to running a successful business. And, the least of your worries should be whether or not the learning department is able to keep up with growth and change.
Growth doesn’t happen without your employees. And, the learning department is the direct link between employees and the continued success of your business.
However, an LMS that can’t keep up is only inhibiting the learning department from doing their job.
Meeting business and revenue goals is one of the many areas of your business impacted when it stays stagnant due to issues within the learning department.
How frustrating when there’s an opportunity to take on more orders but you can’t because the LMS keeps crashing when it has too many employees trying to get training? Completely preventable.
Growth-driven companies foster in-house talent as well as attract top talent. But, an LMS that can’t go with the flow makes it difficult, if not impossible, to continue on a path of competitiveness.
There could be a bottleneck getting new employees on-boarded and acclimated to the company culture, skills gaps can’t be addressed quickly enough or compliance breaches can happen if certifications aren’t up-to-date.
So What Makes it Easier for the Learning Organization to Grow and Change?
1. Users and Data. An LMS should be able to tolerate a large number of users accessing the system at the same time, from all over the world, without delays. And, it absolutely must be able to process large amounts of data.
2. Efficient Onboarding. Growth doesn’t wait on anybody so it’s imperative to get new employees up and running as quickly and efficiently as possible.
3. Automation. When certain aspects of the learning department can be put on ‘autopilot’ it makes it so much easy to handle the additional workload that comes with growth and change..
4. Ability to quickly and easily make adjustments. With more people and increasing changes, your LMS should be able to easily or automatically adjust training according to job title, organizational unit, location etc.
5. Dashboards. Every CEO needs a real-time recap of where we are, what needs improvement and what can we do about it? These reports increase agility to respond to changes quickly.
The Selection Process
You know what the vision is for your business. And, when all the working pieces, including the learning department, come together success happens.
The learning department should be equipped right from the start with a learning management system that is mutable when growth and change happen.
As a CEO, you’re busy, but it’s a good idea to check in regularly with the LMS selection committee and convey your business needs. Other committee members can speak about what they need for their department but only you have the knowledge of what the ‘big picture’ is and any future plans of the business.
- Do you expect to open a new location that would require hiring lots of new employees and getting them trained?
- Do you know there are several industry regulations about to happen and will require additional training?
- Is your business planning on developing new, cutting edge products that would require upskilling employees and/or additional training?
As you can see, scalability is very important and should be a top priority when selecting an LMS.
When an LMS is the right fit from the start you will save your company from having to spend the time and money of doing it all over again in a few years when it doesn’t scale appropriately.
Giving the learning department the right tools allows them to successfully run their department so you spend time in other areas that need your attention.
ShareKnowledge is a good choice for those who want and need a scalable LMS. Built exclusively for the corporate environment, ShareKnowledge handles with ease all the requirements of complex business and training processes. If you would like more information about how ShareKnowledge can solve your training needs, please fill out the form.