Change management is one of the most challenging roles that any manager can undertake. This is simply because many employees are used to the normal operations of the company. As such, they are not appreciative of new strategies and cultures introduced by the management. The same is true when companies are moving from traditional modes of training to new digital training methods. This article explains the best strategies through which companies can efficiently move to digital training.
Involve the employees
One of the main reasons why many companies face challenges is that they don’t involve the employees. They use a top-bottom approach where they make decisions from the top. In these situations, the company’s top management meets and makes decisions without involving the junior employees. In most cases, these decisions fail especially when there is resistance from the employees. The ideal strategy is to involve the employees when devising this strategy. The management should talk to the employees (or their representatives) and explain to them the main benefits of the strategy.
Consider the LMS system
The LMS system that the company uses will also influence the success of the strategy. Here, it is very important to note that there are hundreds of Learning Management Systems. Some are good while some have disadvantages. The company’s management and the people responsible for implementation of the system all need to take the time to consider the system they will use. Ideally, they want a system that is simple to implement. They also want a system that has multiple features bundled together. These features could be: data analytics, cloud capabilities and self-registration. Securing a system that has these features can help the company to cut costs related to standalone applications intended to solve the same problems.
Today, companies are also using MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). These are platforms which allow people from all over the world to access courses for free or for a small fee.
Consider the period of migration
As stated before, implementing change in an organisation is not easy especially when the change is being implemented within a short period of time. The best way to go about this is to consider a slow migration period. This will allow the staff to appreciate the process. Instead of bombarding the employees with a one-month course, they should have a period of between six months and one year.
Materials of the courses
The materials of the courses will influence the success of the training, it is very important to consider the course developers and the content you want the employees to understand. Unless the courses are offered by people who have the relevant skills, the chances of failing will be high. The organisation needs to source the best consultants in the industry. This will ensure that the courses are not only accurate but also fun for the end users.
For many organisations (especially global ones), it takes time to implement change and some resistance will be met. By following the mentioned tips, companies will have a chance to introduce these systems with reduced resistance and in the best way.