When it comes to training programs, Learning Management Systems (LMSs) have become a popular option. Yet they can be over complicated and overpriced for what could and should be a simple process. In today’s blog, we want to shed light on how Training Tracker could be a better fit for your business.
Simplify, Giving You Exactly What You Need
Each LMS is different and designed to do more than just track training. Their functions vary depending on an organization's specific objectives, but often include the ability to create and edit online training programs, deliver them to employees and even sell them to third parties. The problem with having so many different functions is that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. The complex nature of these systems makes it difficult to choose which one might best fit your business and you will likely end up paying for features you don’t need.
Training Tracker sets itself apart because it focuses solely on tracking training. It allows companies to centralize and streamline the process and customize their flow, while allowing users to scale to tens, hundreds or even thousands of employees. Effectively, it doesn’t overcomplicate what, at its root, should be a simple process.
Versatility for Different Types of Training
LMSs are great for creating, storing and distributing training materials, however, most of them don't have the ability to tell what employees need to complete a certain training by a certain date. This is an important feature if you have employees with certifications that could expire. LMS’s also don't have the ability to generate reports so you can easily identify who's crossed trained in another area when you need to fill an open position. This becomes particularly relevant in the case of an illness, vacation, or other absence.
Another area to consider is although an LMS allows you to upload and administer your own training videos, what it doesn’t do is account for other types, or sources, of training. Many larger companies, such as those within the government or healthcare industries, require their employees to complete training from third-party sources. Others require their employees to complete in-person training. An LMS does not account for either of those training options.
Think about it. A trainee at a factory could watch dozens of videos on how to operate a piece of machinery online, but hands-on experience is what’s ultimately needed to ensure they are trained well enough to carry out their tasks to code/to meet compliance standards. These necessary training steps are not accounted for within an LMS. This means they cannot fully serve companies in specific industries, and at the very least they make multi-faceted learning difficult to manage.
Training Tracker sets itself apart from an LMS because it’s much more versatile. By focusing specifically on tracking a user's movements through the training process, it doesn’t require training to come from a specific source. It’s fully customizable and allows its users to add line items that don’t exist within the system itself. This eliminates any compliance headaches, making it fully versatile and able to serve any company in any industry.
An added benefit to this is that the manager is given more autonomy to determine when someone is trained to a sufficient standard, only marking a task complete when they are satisfied that the training is complete. This protects the company in the long term while also saving them time and energy by giving them an easy-to-access, centralized tracking system.
When it comes to choosing your training tracking system, Training Tracker makes it simple. Unlike with LMSs, there aren’t extra bells and whistles that cost your company additional, unnecessary investment. Instead, we offer a flat monthly rate per user that doesn’t increase based on the size of your company or the revenue you generate. It doesn’t get more simple than that.
More Than a Spreadsheet
When it comes to the process of tracking training, there are a number of reasons why spreadsheets aren’t a good option for your company. We recently wrote a blog about the consequences of choosing to use a spreadsheet, and detailed how they are costing your company money by requiring additional manpower and being subject to human error, which can lead to fines or at the very least time taken to manually fix them.
Training Tracker is different because it simplifies the training process. It was specifically designed for companies with large-scale, complex training needs, which means you can track training from one cloud-based, centralized system and make changes to the process quickly and easily, without having to worry about the overall integrity of the system.
Ultimately, a training process can be complicated in and of itself by being multifaceted and multi-sourced. Your tracking system should make the process easier for all parties. That’s where we come in. It’s easier to sign up than ever before. Try Training Tracker free for 30 days, or schedule a demo with our CEO, Jen Remsik.