Why is employee engagement important? It seems like a no-brainer! But, the truth is that many companies don’t have an employee engagement program in place. This begs the question, is there really any benefit to engaging employees?
What makes one company more superior to another?
1.) People. While better products and better technology certainly matter, creating long-term strength requires attention to people. Both customer satisfaction (great customer service) and a high-quality workforce (great employees) produce the largest advantage over competitors.
2.) Longevity. The bottom line is that employee engagement equals employee retention. And, employee retention saves businesses money, time and productivity.
How do you improve employee engagement?
A recent gallop poll survey showed that 70% of American employees did not feel engaged, involved in, enthusiastic or committed to their workplace. And, according to Software Advice, “One solution that has sprung up in recent years to combat this trend is the rise of learning management systems (LMSs): software systems that promote continual education in the workplace.”
An LMS provides employees a special perk they won’t receive at another company. In the healthcare field specifically, one of the easiest and most cost-effective incentives is to utilize an LMS that houses continuing education opportunities in addition to orientation content.
Choosing the right LMS: Which LMS features drive engagement?
While there are more companies utilizing an LMS, the same companies unfortunately are having problems encouraging ongoing utilization of the software. Therefore, it’s critical to choose an LMS with features that promote a higher rate of employee engagement.
Software Advice recently surveyed full-time employees to see which popular LMS features they would use most, and what would encourage them to use their company’s online learning tools more often. The results of their study showed:
1.) Micro-Learning Would Engage Over Half of Respondents.
When online training tools are broken up into short sessions, 58% percent of respondents said they would be more likely to use the LMS. Therefore, companies who create custom orientation content should consider breaking the content down into small, short sessions. Or, they should utilize an LMS that allows employees to take breaks while completing their orientation or continuing education courses (i.e. the employee does not have to sit through a 5 hour course; they can pause the course, take a break, and pick up where they left off at a later time). The CEU360.com LMS includes this feature.
2.) Employees Prefer “Gamification”.
“Functions you would normally see in video games—e.g., point systems, leaderboards and badges—can help incentivize workers to interact with their company’s LMS.” In other words, create contests that drive utilization of the software.
3.) Social Learning Tools Increase Engagement.
“Stemming from the massive growth of social media over the past decade, the implementation of social learning tools (such as blogs, polls and forums) is another trend in online learning.” If your LMS does not contain links to Facebook or Twitter, it’s antiquated!
4.) Mobile Access Impacts Engagement
“A combined 48 percent of respondents say they would be “more likely” to use an LMS with smartphone or tablet access.” Today more than ever, use of mobile and tablet devices is essential. The CEU360 LMS is streamed directly to tablets and smartphones so employees can take their learning on-the-go, and take even more control of their educational experience.
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*Graphics and 3rd party research provided by Software Advice.