HR’s Guide to Using eLearning For Talent Acquisition
Online learning – also known as “distance education” – first became popularized in the 90s and has massively grew in popularity since then. Given the vast range of benefits it offers, with cost cutting, accessibility and efficiency being the top obvious (and huge) benefits, online learning has made it easier for individuals and organizations looking to expand their skill-set in a way that’s convenient and flexible for them. That is precisely what makes this sort of learning special and unique.
Looking from the perspective of an organization and how they might leverage online learning, HR departments are probably the top group that could stand to benefit the most from online learning because they can use it from both sides; as individuals expanding their skillsets and as the one creating online learning options for their employees using elearning authoring software. In other words, with online training and eLearning, HR officials will have the dual benefit of being able to do their jobs better as well as improve employee engagement.
What are the best ways companies can use eLearning to both better manage and attract talent? Here are the ways in which it can be done:
Pair skill training and assessment together
Long gone are the days when hiring was about nothing more than filling up a position. Now, everything in that regard has certainly become a lot more focused and specialized, making it more about the right person being in the right role.
For this to be a success, the nuances of certain tests such as the Hogan Test, BIG 5 Test and the like, need to be on the hiring managers’ radars. Once these skills tests are incorporated into the assessment process, one can be more sure that the right person will fit into the overall culture of the company as well. By leverage eLearning and implementing automation in a subtle way, HR teams have an easier job while not moving their focus away from the people being hired.
Support continued education
Many people neglect the importance of this aspect, which is a shame. Many jobs out there require a very specialized set of skills that most people do not possess. Here, eLearning comes in to save the day with online courses that will steer you through the stormy waters of a job where learning chunks of information is the norm.
This applies to HR professionals getting smarter as well. Instead of having to take some time off learning new things, they can adjust their hiring strategy while picking up all the valuable tips thanks to eLearning. The importance of this is made even more apparent by the fact that people take a much longer time getting back into a study mode after having worked for several years. Continued education will nip this problem in the bud.
Learn how to use tools effectively
With so many strides in the realms of technological advancements and innovations in the past few years, one can clearly see the emergence of a vast range of tools. The drawback is that the learning curve of the tool is not taken into consideration by the service, leaving people to do a shoddy job of it.
Let us take a look at Humanity – a tool for streamlining employee scheduling and creating a centralized communication system. The system may be easy to navigate, but that is where it ends. With the help of eLearning, one will be able to unlock the potential of the tool to be able to use it to its fullest capabilities. You could apply the same line of reasoning for other talent acquisition related tools; HR uses eLearning to get better at using them, and the result is more effective talent acquisition for your organization.
All in all, HR professionals will certainly not be the only ones who will benefit from eLearning, because every team in every business can find value in education. And as for HR in some companies, the onus of good hiring and employment might lie with the business owner and other executive leaders if the company lacks a dedicated HR head or team.
Whatever the situation is in your organization, with the above tips you can fill in the gaps of your talent acquisition strategy and get closer to consistently attracting and hiring the right people for the job.