Today, HR teams are tasked with engaging and retaining top talent in addition to attracting, hiring and onboarding promising candidates. Many times, this talent management role involves developing and maintaining a rich learning culture that improves an organization’s efficiency.

However, for small HR teams or managers who don’t have access to learning and development professionals, maintaining a learning culture can be daunting. A learning management system (LMS) can help.

How an LMS can help HR

Organizations can use learning management solutions to create, update, organize and distribute key training courses that enhance employees’ skills and keep them on the path to success. But aside from the core functions of maintaining and delivering training materials, LMSs can help HR develop an effective learning culture and maintain a healthy pipeline of internal talent that’s engaged and can move up in the company. Here are a few of ways HR can leverage an LMS:

Identify needs

Many times, an LMS can be integrated with a current HR solution, allowing HR teams to track data like employee goals and performance, as well as identify skill gaps and where mandatory training is needed.

Through the LMS, HR teams can also have department managers submit a list of required skills for various teams. This will give HR the chance to evaluate each team’s needs and pinpoint where current training strategies are falling short. The HR team can also use the system to create new strategies and send training proposals for approval.

Maintain consistency

With an LMS in place, HR teams can make onboarding processes more consistent across the company, so all new hires have the information they need and understand how their role fits in with overall business goals.

Also, HR can use an LMS to create and distribute training programs for specific departments or roles, so all team members get the basic training necessary for their jobs, resulting in fewer skill gaps overall.

Evaluate training

Learning management systems offer many tools to help HR evaluate employee or department performance after completing training programs. Tools can range from knowledge assessments to reporting features that track key metrics.

Using the LMS, HR can also create and run surveys about the training material to see if it’s truly helpful and engaging. This information can then help HR teams improve training programs as needed.

LMS trends

According to Josh Bersin, HR technology analyst and founder of Bersin & Associates, the corporate learning world has been focused on integrating and advancing learning technology for over 30 years.

However, more recently, corporate learning has entered a new era that “is not only a shift in tools, it’s a shift toward employee-centric design.” In other words, to engage top talent and reduce turnover rates, learning and development professionals are focusing on the employee learning experience now more than ever. This means organizations are looking into more ways to provide required and continued training opportunities without much disruption to an employee’s daily responsibilities, in and outside the office.

To keep up with this change, four major trends have popped up in the LMS market: microlearning, gamification, mobile learning and video learning. Better Buys has put together the following infographic to define each trend and highlight its importance.

4 Key Trends Driving LMS Growth by BetterBuys

Author: Elizabeth Mazenko

Elizabeth Mazenko is an editor with Better Buys, a trusted source for business software news and research. Follow her on Twitter at @ElizMazenko for more on enterprise software and related technology research.