Many successful businesses employ the resources of training agencies to further develop their staff. Most often these trainings either require sending employees to head offices or they utilise the internet for training seminars in effort to minimize costs. With the use of online trainings, new areas of training are reached as they offered innovative platforms for instructing and education. This also ensures easier access for convenience and making life easier for individuals with families.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Online Training

Employing the use of online trainings allows 24 hours per day, 7 days per week access without having to worry about any time constraints, time differences and/or overtime work. Online training also allows an employee to participate in the training session in a more comfortable environment rather than in an office or a crammed meeting room. For companies with smaller budgets, online training sessions are cheaper alternatives to offline trainings.

Online programs are flexible when adapting to company standards and provide the luxury of completion without having to rebook trips for incomplete courses, costs for employees to travel, and any other costs that might be needed for the employees to attend an offline training session.

However, there are still some setbacks with online trainings. Situations that call for a hands-on approach are not easily accomplished when relying on a computer for those experiences. Additionally, offline trainings tend to have group activities for the employees to participate in like dealing with actual customer needs, team building and social interaction. Another issue with online training is that the employee might not be able to get to interact with a lecturer and ask questions. Without asking questions, some employees might find it difficult to completely comprehend the training.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Offline Training

The most significant advantage with offline training is the human interaction. This aspect can help to build cohesiveness within a company and provide for a more enjoyable work experience. Additionally, depending on the subject, some training sessions involve role playing and or physical actions to properly learn a duty, task or position.

The one problem though with offline training sessions are the additional costs brought about by travel expenses for employees, catering, supplies and other training expenses. Additionally, if many of the employees are attending training, then this could leave the place of work with few employees to operate the business. In some cases, a business might have to shut down for the day so that the employees could attend an offline meeting. This could cost a company a lot of money.

Offline or Online

Both, online and offline trainings provide advantages and disadvantages. A company must weigh the benefits for each one if they must choose. However, it's probably more efficient for a company to have a balance of both training options. As previously mentioned, some topics might be better suited for offline training. Therefore, instead of trying to cram everything into one mode, choosing which form of training for each specific topic appears to be the best choice for efficiently and effectively training employees. 

Working as business & finance analyst in Brisbane, Jim is very much interested in business management consulting and training. He writes about new challenges coming up in next year’s in the industry. Follow Jim on Twitter for more information at@JamesForrest8

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