E-learning for Small Businesses
   15th June, 2001
  
   Until recently, only big businesses could afford to invest in an effective training and development program. Small businesses on the contrary, were not able to afford training programs or conduct workshops imperative for long-term success. Traditionally, in a business environment, big companies have the edge over the smaller companies. But now, e-learning offers equal prospects in the most vital component of business performance: employee education and training.   
  
   If small businesses need to prosper, they must depend on ordinary employees that are transformed through training and education. This is where e-learning comes in – as a reliable tool that enables small businesses to build up a knowledgeable workforce that is highly skilled and productive.   
  
  
Reasons why e-learning works for small business:
  
  
   1. Cost-effective: Small businesses are concerned with cost. Traditional training such as workshops and conferences or even a local workshop means expenses for the company. Moreover, staff time away from the office adds up to the total expenses.   
  
   2. Convenient: Small businesses can’t plan as well as their larger competitors. As a result, employees are often responsible for a variety of tasks. It is typically not convenient for employees to take time off exclusively for training. With its inherent flexibility, e-learning lets learners learn at their convenience, and not at the convenience of instructors.   
  
   3. Consistent: Small businesses cannot afford a bad training experience because of poor presentation or a poor learning environment. e-learning programs are delivered in a consistent way throughout the training session.   
  
   4. Current: e-learning courses can be easily updated. The flood of "new knowledge" makes this an important advantage – critical to any small business audience.   
  
   5. Customizable: e-learning provides an enormous selection of training material. This lets a small business select a program targeted to the needs of a particular employee, thereby facilitating specific learning needs.   
  
   6. Computer literate: A by-product of e-learning is that employees sharpen their computer skills when they take e-learning because even getting computer friendly and improving keyboarding skills yield productivity gains.   
  
   e-learning will help your employees to sharpen their skills and thus, reward the company with higher productivity. You can also provide a popular employee benefit through e-learning that will ease recruitment and encourage retention. The International Federation of Employee Benefit Plans observed that continuing education was as important to staff as childcare, flextime and family leave. The reason for investing in e-learning is the increase in productivity it will bring to your business. Small businesses can now implement e-learning to benefit their employees and in return increase their bottom line business results.   
  
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