What’s Your Training ROI?

whats-your-training-roi-imageIf you Google “Training and ROI,” you’ll get lots of hits. About 50,100,000 in my case this morning.

And there’s a good reason for that: people want to know if the investment in workforce training is worth the cost. And they often have to justify the cost of that to their bosses.

But let’s take a step back. Instead of trying to set a specific dollar figure on the value of an job training, let’s consider some ways that training programs, including training programs delivered through a learning management system (LMS), can affect your bottom line by increasing production and efficiency and/or by cutting waste and costs.

All of these examples are drawn directly from discussions with new customers after they purchased an LMS and/or workforce training materials from Convergence Training.

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Make Better Training Materials With Instructional Design Checklists

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Like you, the folks at Convergence Training are always trying to learn more and be better at our jobs. We take courses, go to conferences, read books, and prowl the web.

Yadda yadda yadda.

During a recent web prowl, I came across a fascinating and helpful discussion in LinkedIn’s “Instructional Design & E-Learning Professionals’” group (note: that link will probably only work if you’re a LinkedIn member and a member of that group).

Linda (Berberich) Ross, a Senior Principal Learning Architect at Oracle Corporation (and a former coworker of yours truly, by coincidence), began the thread, which was titled “Instructional Design Review Checklist.”

It was a great discussion and many people provided links to helpful instructional design checklists to use for course development.

We’ve summarized those checklists here, including the links so you can check ’em out yourself.

Thanks to all those who participated in the original discussion on LinkedIn, and to my former coworker Linda for starting it all up.

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Powered Industrial Trucks Word Game (1910.178)

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Here’s a fun little word Jeopardy-style word game to quiz your knowledge of powered industrial trucks (PITs). It’s drawn from the definitions in OSHA’s 1910.178 Standard (Powered Industrial Trucks).

Hope you enjoy it.

We’ve got this set up so you can use it in one of two ways.

The first is that you can play the word game right here from our blog. Easy!

The second is that you can download a free copy for yourself. If you do that, you’ve got to import it into your SCORM-compliant LMS to play the game.

All the fun awaits you on the other side of the red MORE button. See you there!

 

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Visit Convergence Training at the National Safety Council’s Texas Safety Conference & Expo

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be attending the National Safety Council’s Texas Safety Conference & Expo in Galveston, Texas on April 8 and 9.

Convergence Training is a leader in the safety training industry. We offer: Learning management systems to assign and deliver training to workers and keep records of completed training. This includes our:

  • Enterprise LMS for large organizations or organizations with multiple sites
  • Express LMS for smaller organizations
  • Contractor LMS for contractor, vendor, and visitor orientations
  • Convergence Mobile for remote training in the field
  • Custom training solutions to meet you specific needs

We also offer off-the-shelf 3D animated training materials, including libraries that focus on:

  • Health & Safety
  • First Aid
  • Driver Safety
  • Equipment Safety
  • Hazardous Materials

We are looking forward to the conference and are excited to display and demonstrate our award-winning, innovative training materials while we’re there. Look for us at Booth 772.

Click here for more information about the Texas Safety Conference & Expo.

Click here for more information about Convergence Training.

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Machine Guarding Word Game-1910.212

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Here’s another of our popular and fun to play safety word games.

This one quizzes you on your knowledge of machine guarding, and is drawn from the definitions in OSHA’s 1926.212 Standard (Machinery and Machine Guarding Definitions).

We’ve got this set up so you can play it in either of two ways.

First, you can play it only from this blog article. Just click the red MORE button to begin.

And second, there’s an option where you can download the game for free, import it into your SCORM-compliant LMS, and play it from your LMS.

Hope you enjoy.

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What Is an OSHA Recordable Work-Related Injury or Illness?

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If a worker is injured or becomes ill at work, the employer will often have to record the incident as a “work-related injury or illness” on OSHA’s Form 301, Injury and Illness Report, and OSHA’s Form 300, Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses.

In this article, we’ll explain to you exactly what a recordable injury or illness is and which establishments have to do the recording.

For the whole picture, feel free to DOWNLOAD OUR FREE GUIDE TO OSHA REPORTING & RECORDKEEPING.
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Convergence Training to Attend Northwest Facilities Expo

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be attending the Northwest Facilities Expo in Portland, Oregon on March 27 and 28. The Expo will be held at the Oregon Convention Center and includes a focus on “Managing Green Buildings.”

Convergence Training offers the following training solutions:

  • Learning management systems to assign and deliver training to workers and keep records of completed training. This includes our:
    • Enterprise LMS for large organizations or organizations with multiple sites
    • Express LMS for smaller organizations
    • Contractor LMS for contractor, vendor, and visitor orientations
    • Convergence Mobile for remote training in the field
  • Off-the-shelf 3D animated training materials, including libraries that focus on:
    • Health & Safety
    • Human Resources
    • Operations & Maintenance
    • First Aid
    • Driver Safety
    • Equipment Safety
    • Hazardous Materials
  • Custom training solutions to meet your specific needs

We are looking forward to the conference and are excited to display and demonstrate our award-winning, innovative training materials while we’re there. Look for us at Booth 207.

Click here for more information about the Northwest Facilities Expo.

Click here for more information about Convergence Training.

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Convergence Training to Attend South Central Joint Mine Health & Safety Conference

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be attending the South Central Joint Mine Health & Safety Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas on March 26, 27, and 28.

Convergence Training is a leader in the mine safety training industry and offers the following solutions:

We are looking forward to the conference and are excited to display and demonstrate our award-winning, innovative training materials while we’re there.

Click here for more information about the South Central Joint Mine Health & Safety Conference.

Click here for more information about Convergence Training.

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Respiratory Protection Word Game (1910.134)

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Hey, it’s time for another of our word games. This time, we’re focusing on respiratory protection, specifically the definitions listed in OSHA’s 1910.134 (Respiratory Protection).

It’s a fun way to test your knowledge, or test the knowledge of workers.

As with all of our safety word games, we’ve got this set up so you can use it in two different ways.

The first is to play the game right here from our blog.

The second is to download a free copy and play it inside your SCORM-compliant LMS.

Good luck with this one and have fun.

 

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The Federal OSHA Poster: Job Safety and Health-It’s the Law!

In the 1970s, my sister had a poster of Sean Cassidy on her bedroom wall, and I had a poster of Farrah Fawcett on mine. These two posters were essentially required for girls and boys in the United States at that time.

In the same way, most businesses are required to display an equally exciting poster on the walls of their workplace. That’s right, I’m talking about the federal OSHA poster, also known as “Job Safety and Health: It’s the Law.”

The federal OSHA poster informs workers of their rights under their Occupational Safety and Health Act, and, according to 1903.2, covered employers must post it at the workplace.

So how can you get a copy of the poster? We’ve got the information you need below. (more…)

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