E-learning advantages remain to be seen by employees

Senior
managers and employees have contrasting opinions over the effectiveness of
e-learning, claims a report.

Seven
out of 10 employers are considering introducing e-learning, claims the survey
by e-learning provider EBC.

But
the research also finds that many employees, particularly those in open plan
offices, find it difficult to study at their desks and some resent having to
study at home in their own time.

"Our
findings scotch one of the myths – that employees can study, in their own time,
and at their desks. Many businesses have open plan offices where noise is a
problem and concentration difficult. Not many companies have designated study
areas," said Robin Hoyle, Chief Learning Architect at EBC.

A
third of employers surveyed say that e-learning would be adopted for all
employees, while just over 20 per cent intend to use it for customer
initiatives.

The
study shows that the majority of respondents feel e-learning would enable a
greater number of employees to participate in training.

Over
50 senior executives were polled at a recent HR forum in London.

By Paul Nelson

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