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How To Dramatically Reduce Corporate Training Costs

In this article I'll discuss how transitioning from face-to-face corporate training to online corporate training can help you to dramatically reduce corporate training costs and even share some tips to help you get the most out of your eLearning investment. In addition, if you are still skeptical about converting your face-to-face corporate training into eLearning, I will give you some examples of big brands that made the big transition and got positive results in many respects.
Dramatically Reduce Corporate Training Costs

How eLearning Dramatically Reduces the Corporate Training Costs

Regardless of their respective industries or their budget size, organizations are always looking for a way to cut costs and improve their bottom line. One of the key areas that often requires a large chunk of resources is employee training. Developing necessary skill sets and delivering vital information to staff members is typically a significant and necessary investment. However, what if there was a simple and straightforward way to reduce corporate training costs while boosting the efficiency of your training efforts?

There are a number of examples proving that eLearning is in fact lowering the cost of employee training. Research has shown that moving your training online not only allows you to allocate valuable resources to other areas of your budget, but also makes the training process even more effective.

  • According to research cited in Judith B. Strother's report, which featured the findings of Hall and LeCavalier, a number of big brands cut their training costs by switching to blended learning. For example, Ernst and Young reduced its costs by 35% and reduced its training time by about 52%. (An Assessment of the Effectiveness of e-learning in Corporate Training Programs)
  • The same report also stated that IBM saved big when it made the move to online corporate training. IBM actually cut its costs by roughly $200 million, which was approximately one-third of its previous training budget.
  • A report issued by Clive Shepherd cited that Dow Chemical reduced its training costs to just $11 per learner when it switched to online training. This is a staggering cut in costs, considering that its previous traditional classroom training expenditures were $95 per learner. (Case study: Dow Chemical)
  • The same report by Shepherd states that Cisco cut its overall training costs by about 40% to 60% when it transitioned to eLearning training, while improved its overall employee performance and job effectiveness. (Case study: Cisco).

5 Tips To Reduce Corporate Training Costs

  1. Conduct a thorough assessment to determine which courses and modules are absolutely necessary.
    Carefully assess the courses and training materials you are utilizing now to determine which ones are absolutely necessary and which ones can be omitted from your training strategy. Better yet, conduct employee surveys and an in depth needs analysis to determine if your current training strategy is actually effective. Require employees to complete a quiz after they've completed the training to see what they have learned and how successful the module really is. This will not only allow you to pinpoint which modules can be cut, but also to fine tune the courses you do need to keep.
  2. Think about how your traditional courses can be converted to eLearning.
    Take a close look at your current corporate training strategy and see how it can be moved to an online format. With eLearning, you have access to a wealth of multimedia tools and delivery formats. As such, you have the ability to make the training experience more interactive and engaging, which can lead to a more effective knowledge/skill set acquisition and retention. More importantly, you gain all of these benefits with a reduced price tag.
  3. Become your own subject matter expert.
    One of the most significant investments in regards to online corporate training is the creation of content. Often, this involves enlisting the aid of a subject matter expert, who can highlight vital information and craft the content to be used for your online training modules. However, if you become your own subject matter expert, then you can cut out this cost entirely. Conduct research on your own, or place one of your staff members, to find out which key pieces of information should be included. Turn to current training materials to see study up on policies and procedures. You will probably even discover that a member of staff in each of your departments is experienced and knowledgeable enough to create the training content or offer invaluable input during the development process.
  4. Rely upon a synchronous eLearning training strategy if instructors are required.
    If you feel as though instructors or facilitators must be present during the training, then why not develop a synchronous eLearning training strategy. Create live online events that employees are required to attend. This completely eliminates instructor travel costs. During these live events (synchronous learning) instructors can directly interact with the employees via instant messaging and video conferencing, which means that you don't lose that interactive element. They can address any questions or concerns, walk the employees through important processes, and encourage employees to actively participate in group discussions.
  5. Offer eLearning when and where the employee needs it.
    On-demand training, such as virtual reference guides and “bite sized” training modules can give you the ability to offer immediate and effective training to employees when they need it the most. For example, if an employee has access to employee protocol guides that walk them through various processes, this can improve performance and customer care. You won't have to design a lengthy and costly module, but a smaller and more targeted one, and you'll still reap the rewards of employee development training. Not to mention that you won't have to allocate employee working hours to training, given that they will be learning while on-the-job.

Online Corporate Training can offer any organization the ability to reduce training costs and boost employee performance. Whether a company has a staff of five or five thousand, a budget of hundreds or millions, online corporate training offers employee knowledge and skill development that can increase profits, cut costs, and offer an optimal return on your investment.

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