You know on some level your eLearning efforts provide real value to your company, but it can also be easy to lose sight of this fact when you’re in the day-to-day slog of making it happen. It’s always good to remind yourself of just how valuable your work is. One aspect many learning professionals don’t often consider is the vital role their efforts can play in workplace engagement and retention. This is important, so hear me out.

Boosting Workplace Engagement with eLearning

The Cost of Disengaged Employees

It’s no secret that low employee morale and disengagement are perennial problems in corporate America. Gallup polls have documented this issue with depressing precision, revealing that 70% of American workers are disengaged from their jobs (source). And it’s not because they don’t want to be engaged. Most employees want to be the best they can be for their employers, but they need a lot of support to make that happen. If they don’t get that support, then engagement, morale, and retention all suffer.

What do these problems cost businesses across the nation? Estimates vary, of course, but turnover is a serious drain on the country’s economic engine. After all, the US Department of Labor’s conservative estimate is that the cost of replacing exiting employees is something like 30% of their first-year earnings. On the larger scale, some believe that turnover siphons off as much as $5 trillion from the economy each year. That hurts.

Workplace Engagement Through eLearning

One of the best ways to keep employees engaged and thriving in your company is by providing them with the learning and training they need to excel in their positions. When workers feel like the company doesn’t care enough to provide top-notch learning and training for their success, you can bet they will soon become a part of the disengaged 70%, which makes your learning programs a vital component of workplace engagement. Let this inspire you to up your eLearning game. I’ve written about all kinds of ways to do this, and you can use these articles to refresh your ongoing mission to create learning and training programs that truly engage learners:

With the information provided in these articles, you’ll put yourself on a solid path to creating eLearning that boosts workplace engagement, improves morale, and retains the workers your company needs to achieve its business goals.