The digital revolution is here, and we are already in the thick of it. Over the past few years, the need for businesses to adapt has arguably never been greater, as challenges continue to multiply at an alarming rate. Consequently, organizations across industries and within their departments, such as finance, accounting, and sales are implementing technologies at a faster pace to meet the dynamic market demands. Automation has garnered a huge success rate across verticals and horizontals – in fact, 86% of respondents in a survey say automation in the workplace makes employees more efficient and productive.

Particularly for the Learning and Development (L&D) teams, deploying automation is the key to increasing organizational efficiency, accuracy, speed, and most importantly, productivity. An automated learning management system (LMS) can enhance key functionalities of the department such as the ability to track compliance, monitor targets, and have an audit trail of training records. 

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Here’s a closer look at how automation can help L&D teams improve business processes and enhance overall employee engagement and performance:

Key Benefits of Automation for L&D Teams 

Assurance of Qualification Compliance

With the dynamic nature of laws and training requirements, it can be extremely challenging to track the company’s overall current status manually, particularly in industries such as oil & gas, healthcare, and more. Automated alerts can help bring notice to those employees whose qualification is about to expire. Prompts for further action by employees are also possible so that the organization does not become non-compliant. Furthermore, the training recordings can be accessed at the touch of a button if an employee makes an error that can cost the company.

Setting Goals and Tracking Employee Progress

The Great Resignation wave has emphasized the importance of workforce development for talent acquisition and retention. Setting targets and monitoring the progress of the employees on their undertaken training program is crucial in observing business operations and overall employee performance. LMSs can help to keep learners on track and their needs identified and recorded. The real-time training data and feedback can be used during the appraisal process and employee reviews, and also to improve the overall training performance and process. Realistic and achievable goals and targets help increase employee confidence, motivation, and their work contribution toward company objectives. 

Providing Learner Responsibility

Using an online portal as a part of the LMS allows employees to track their progress and take responsibility for their own learning. Automation helps keep the learning material such as training manuals, documentation, and videos available on the portals, up-to-date and allows for central distribution, which in turn fosters rapid rollout and consistent training. Additionally, ad-hoc feedback can help organizations focus on future improvements in training, employee strengths, and skill gaps in alignment with the current trends in the market. This motivates the workforce to request and access further training opportunities. 

Creating Personalized Training and Knowledge Sharing

Employees today value personalized career development. Over 61% of the leaders state that the move towards a personalized learning experience is a step away from the traditional learning approach and facilitates collaboration, states Deloitte survey. A strong L&D program can assist in this shift and help HR teams recruit and retain top talent. Automation of administrative tasks can help L&D professionals focus on employee development initiatives that support retention, such as personalized training or peer-to-peer learning programs. In fact, the L&D team can concentrate on planning and executing the training initiatives instead of determining which employees require which training. 

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Automation can help organize, manage and maintain the growing and complex internal knowledge hub and digital asset libraries. Moreover, the deployment of automation ensures the proper allocation of these resources to the right workforce at the right time and in the right format. L&D team equipped with the right technology and tools can help organizations keep pace with the rapid digitization. Organizations can ensure their workforce is supported through whatever comes next by automating the manual, repetitive tasks and freeing up L&D teams to focus on high-value work. 

By integrating with other technologies, automation is positioned to change and challenge learning leaders and their L&D teams. While providing many benefits, they will also place new demands on L&D teams to ensure that the entire workforce keeps their skills current and upskill to meet the demands of new technologies and new ways of learning and working.

If you’re looking to leverage automation to take your learning initiatives to the next level, initiate a conversation with our experts today to evaluate your needs and how Adeptus can help you meet them.