The Benefits of Online Safety Training Vs Face-To-Face Training
If you have ever heard the saying "Hindsight is 20-20," then you may understand how this saying can unfortunately be called to mind by employees and administrators in the wake of an accident, emergency, or incident on their school or district grounds. Fortunately, however, there's no reason staff and administration need to rely on the knowledge gained after past mistakes and missteps to prevent such problems from recurring in the future. Rather, taking a proactive approach to employee training can help keep students and staff safe, preventing unfortunate accidents and accidents from ever occurring in the first place.
Safety training should always be a crucial part of every school or district's culture. These days school and district administrators have a wealth of options to select from in regards to staff training, including the choice between online safety training programs and face-to-face training. Although many schools and districts are content with the traditional, in-person mode of safety training they've always been using, multiple studies have shown that in a head-to-head comparison online safety training offers multiple advantages.
Online safety training is shown to be more time-efficient and convenient. In fact, reports have shown that online training can take between 25-75% less time to train than the classroom environment! And busy school administrators will certainly be able to appreciate the convenience and simplicity of an online training program. Instead of having to coordinate and rearrange the busy schedules of school support staff and certificated staff to get them to attend one, or more likely, multiple, in-person training sessions, administrators can set up and execute an entire training session online with just a couple clicks of a mouse! This way, staff can complete trainings at a time and location that's convenient for them, and that will not necessarily interrupt their work schedules.
While speed and convenience are certainly significant advantages, making sure your school or district staff is retaining the material at hand is of utmost importance when carrying out safety training. Once again, employees that receive multimedia instruction are shown to have 25-50% higher retention rates over those receiving content through standard classroom instruction. What this shows so far is that online training is proven to save time, offer a convenient and efficient training solution, and enable employees to recall information at a higher rate than traditional in-person trainings.
Yet in-person instruction is preferred (or in some cases mandated) over online training in certain circumstances, such as CPR and First Aid certification, for example. Besides a few exceptional situations like these, however, online training still offers many benefits over-person trainings. Another benefit is providing consistent content. While a live speaker can certainly be active and engaging, the problem is that different groups of employees could receive very varied information during each training session. With online training, on the other hand, the variance in content delivery is 20-40% less than with instructor-led training, ensuring that a wide array of staff members receives consistent information.
All of these aspects, coupled with the fact that employees have the option to train at their own pace, often in a comfortable location of their choosing, lead to increased employee satisfaction when using online safety training.