Web-Based Vs. Traditional Workforce Training: Which Is Right for Your Business?

Although every business seeks the most qualified candidates available to fill the positions they offer, it is rare to find an employee for hire that doesn’t need some kind of training in order to understand the duties of a new job. Even if you find people who are experts in their field and they have more than enough education and experience to meet your requirements, still they have to get up to speed with what you expect of them, how your company works, and particulars like the computer systems you employ, just for example. But there will also be plenty of hires that need a lot more training in order to get acclimated to their new job. Not every employee is going to be the ideal candidate for the job; sometimes you just have to take the best of a batch of applicants and hope the person is trainable. And then, of course, there are always mandatory training programs that every new hire must submit to, such as sexual harassment courses. The point is that every hire is going to need at least some training, if not a lot. And you’ll have to decide whether traditional techniques or web-based options are the right fit for your business.

In truth, the most likely scenario for most business interests will be some combination of the two types of training, and the reason is that they are suited to different subject matters. For example, sexual harassment training can easily be done by computer since it often entails two parts – dispensing information and an exam – both of which need no instructor present to accomplish. And plenty of computer software training can follow the same model thanks to tutorials designed to lead new users through learning how to navigate the system.

But there are other tasks for which a live, human trainer is required, and these mainly include hands-on activities. If, for example, you operate a warehouse facility, you may have employees using all kinds of machinery on the job. Ideally, every employee will be familiar with every piece of machinery upon hire, but this is rarely the case. And while you could certainly use video or web-based training methods, you want to make sure that they understand the operation of each machine and that they are well-versed in safety measures. The best way to do this is with a more personal approach to training.

There is also a cost component to consider. Suppose you approach a company likeĀ K Alliance that specializes in computer-based training programs. If you’re in search of something likeĀ IT training videos, soft skills workshops, and other types of e-learning, you’re going to have to pay for a membership or whatever programs you use, just for example. On the other hand, pulling other employees away from their regular jobs in order to train new hires means you’re paying your workforce while no work is getting done. So either way you’re going to have to pay something. At least when you use web-based training, only one employee is being paid to train while the others are still hard at work, ensuring that your company is earning a profit. But again, not all types of training can happen via electronic means, so you’ll probably have to let employees do some of the training live.

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