6 Key Benefits of E-Learning for Employers

When discussing the benefits of e-learning, the focus is often on employees’ learning experience. Remote learning is more convenient, it’s cost-effective and it caters to different learning styles.

But there are also many benefits of e-learning for organisations. You shouldn’t view online learning as something you do to accommodate for individuals’ needs; your organisation will also benefit financially, reputationally and logistically.

Here are six ways that e-learning will help your organisation.

1. You’ll save time and money

Delivering in-person staff awareness training is expensive. You need to find someone to teach the course, you need to hire a venue and, most importantly, you must take time out of your employees’ day for them to take the lesson.

Plus, if employees are expected to commute, your organisation should expect to reimburse them for travel costs.

That means either disrupting their workday or paying overtime for them to study outside of their normal work hours.

With e-learning, you remove almost all of these barriers. The only cost is purchasing the online content. Once you’ve done that, employees can access the course from the comfort of their homes and study while on the clock.

2. You can deliver training from anywhere

One of the major benefits of e-learning – for both employers and staff – is the flexibility that it provides.

As we mentioned earlier, in-person training requires learners to be in a single location at the same time. As a result, organisations must plan the delivery of the courses carefully to minimise business disruption.

But with e-learning, employees can access courses at any time and from anywhere – whether that’s at home, the office or on the go. As such, they can take the course at a time that’s convenient for them, and organisations can be assured that their study won’t interfere with urgent work.

Most online training courses give employees a deadline by which to complete the training – usually up to a month. This gives added flexibility, but it also helps organisations stay on top of their e-learning requirements.

The content will track course progress, enabling organisations to follow-up with anyone who hasn’t completed the training by the deadline.

3. You’ll increase learner retention

Several studies have shown that employees are better able to retain information with online learning compared to in-person training. This is because lessons are usually delivered in a way that increase user engagement, specifically though the use of ‘gamification’.

This is a learning tool that uses behavioural motivators taken from games, such as rewards, competition and loss aversion.

According to one study, 79% of people said they would be more productive and motivated if their learning environment was more like a game.

The evidence backs up the theory. The same study found that there was a 60% increase in learner engagement for gamified training courses, and a 43% enhancement in employee productivity.

4. Consistent and standardised training

Online training courses ensure that everyone receives the exact same content delivered in the same way. By contrast, in-person training will vary depending on the person delivering the content.

Although all training providers will have the appropriate qualifications, you can’t be sure that they always stick to the curriculum and deliver the content in a consistent, engaging way.

Organisations are therefore left with the risk that the training content they paid for will be ineffective. They might also be required to spend time reviewing the content and seeking feedback to ensure that high standards are being maintained.

This isn’t something you have to worry about with e-learning. The same content goes out to everyone, so once you’ve reviewed the course once, you know exactly what your employees will get.

5. You’ll reduce your carbon footprint

The climate crisis is an existential threat affecting us all. We’re already seeing impacts to our environment and on the economy, and as a result many organisations are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

One of the most effective ways of doing that is to reduce energy usage and unnecessary travel. With e-learning, employees can study from home, meaning there’s no need to commute to work and no need for organisations to hire a venue.

The cost of electricity, heating and water soon add up, and although online learners will use their computer to study, which comes with electricity bills, it is a fraction of the cost.

According to one study, remote learning results in a 90% saving in energy and emissions for transport and energy bills.

Organisations that are especially conscious of the climate crisis can use the benefits of online learning to bolster their ISO 50001 compliance posture. The Standard outlines a framework for cutting energy bills and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

By emphasising the positive climate impact of remote working, organisations will be better equipped to certify to ISO 50001 and bolster their reputation.

6. You can harness the power of analytics

One of the biggest uncertainties organisations have when implementing staff awareness training is how successful it will be. Enrolling your employees onto a training course is a significant investment, and if you have no way to measure its effectiveness, you might struggle to build a business case for it.

Online training is ideally designed to give organisations data on its effectiveness. You can gather information on things such as course completion rates, assessment grades and employee engagement rates.

All of this information can be collated in a report and fed into management reviews. The organisation can then compare these figures to previous assessments to analyse improvements over time, and to determine whether changes must be made.

Start your e-learning programme today

GRC E-Learning offers more than a dozen online training courses across a range of topics, including information securitythe GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and social media staff awareness.

Anyone looking for comprehensive coverage of their governance, risk and compliance requirements should consider our GRC Complete Staff Awareness Suite.

This package contains more than a dozen training courses designed by industry experts, so you can be sure that content is accurate and up to date.

Your staff will receive guidance on everything they need to protect your organisation’s sensitive assets and meet their regulatory requirements.


  • Luke Irwin is a writer for IT Governance. He has a master’s degree in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies, specialising in aesthetics and technology..