This is a guest post written and contributed by Jeffrey A. Roth, Vice President, Marketing and Communications at Interactyx Limited, a Rackspace Cloud Tools Partner. Interactyx Limited is the developer of social learning management system (LMS) TOPYX®.
There is a dichotomy in business today.
On one hand, companies today have never had greater access to the tools and resources needed to enhance worker productivity. On the other hand, however, employees have never had more diverse and disparate sources of information as they do now.
Modern workers may be required to spend up to 50 percent of their work time in non-productive activities like learning new processes, searching for archived data or reviewing the latest methods for accomplishing a standard job task. This is the inefficient side of rapid business change.
But what if they had access to all of these information sources from a single place? And what if they could streamline how they consume this information? In fact, what if they had a stake in just how the system presented the information needed? Well, then they would likely be using a social learning management system (LMS).
In order to demonstrate the value that a social LMS can deliver to companies, we need to breakdown a typical worker’s day in an information-driven workplace. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, fewer than four hours of each day is spent by the average worker doing their primary duties (3.6 hours to be exact). Of the remainder, nearly a full two hours is spent looking up or researching procedures in support of the primary job duty.
More information about the value of social learning can be found in the following blog post: http://interactyx.com/social-learning-blog/social-learning-value-explained/
With a properly implemented social learning management system, much of that time can be reclaimed.
Let’s look at it this way: if a worker can log into a single portal and quickly search categories for the exact information needed to perform a task, we save a certain amount of time. But in addition, we avoid the frustration that accompanies the inability to effectively accomplish a task. Or, let’s say a worker is in need of specific expertise on a product or process. By doing a quick search, a list of experts is presented – along with their current availability status.
This is the promise of social LMS platforms; and they’re already being used by some of today’s most innovative companies. In addition, these LMS platforms are cloud-based and require no hardware or IT expertise to implement.
If you are just considering a system for your company, I would recommend evaluating the options. Tools exist, such as the social learning management system (LMS) TOPYX®, that can deliver best-in-class social learning tools to an organization, and result in huge productivity gains. You can get a personal LMS demo to see how these social learning tools can help your organization.
Here is a short video showing the TOPYX social LMS difference:
Interactyx Limited (interactyx.com) is a global eLearning software company that provides engaging and interactive learning experiences to learners, businesses, academic departments, associations and nonprofit organizations of any size, anywhere in the world.