Although it’s more important than ever to develop world-class employees and keep your company’s leadership bench stocked, other responsibilities limit the time available to such pursuits. The average American worker, salaried or hourly, works almost 50 hours per week, which doesn’t leave much time to traditional, in-person training.
That’s where blended learning comes in. A mixture of online and in-person training solves a lot of issues that are currently plaguing workplace development.
Accommodating the most compact schedules
A lot of growth has been seen in the on-demand training space. It makes sense; workers who are too busy to attend in-person trainings should be given the opportunity to develop at their own time in the place of their choosing. There are many blended learning resources that take an online tutorial approach to corporate development.
A combination of the best of both worlds
From the beginning, the human brain has developed to learn new skills from other people. You might think that ideal is not possible in a blended learning scheme, but that’s not true.
Online learning can take many forms. There can be a mix of instructor-led courses, message boards, and chat sessions that still bring the practical benefits of blended learning (more on those later) with the success found during in-person learning.
Affordability and scalability
The goal of business is to grow. Yet, that growth can hinder your company’s training options. When you start expanding into new offices and regions, it’s not cost-effective to have everyone participate in in-person learning.
Blended learning is, of course, affordable compared to the training, travel, and incidental expenses that come with live training. Depending on the method, it doesn’t really matter whether you are training five people or 500. And it can be accessible from anywhere in the world, negating the need for travel.
A leaner, more competitive organization
According to the eLearning Industry’s Network, 77 percent of American companies now offer online corporate training. The segment is expected to grow 13 percent annually over the next few years. Chances are, your competition is already experiencing the benefits of blended learning. That includes companies in the quickly developing Asian markets.
The smart money would say that online learning will soon be the de facto standard in corporate training sooner rather than later. If you want that smart money, you shouldn’t be on the tail end of that trend.