One of the biggest objections that small business owners have regarding employee training is that “It Costs Too Much”. Creating training can cost time and effort, but it doesn’t have to cost your business a lot of money.
Here are 3 tools you’re probably already familiar with that you can use to help launch an employee training program for your business.
The PowerPoint platform has come a long way in the past few years. Many people view it as simple slide creation software, but Microsoft has been consistently adding features and enhancements to the platform that you can leverage to create training for your team. PowerPoint can be used for video creation/editing, GIF creation, presentation coaching, live interactive presentations, and more!
Access to PowerPoint is readily available through a low-cost O365 subscription. There are also a number of free courses and tutorials available to learn about PowerPoint through YouTube, TikTok, and the Microsoft Knowledge Center.
If you’re looking to create visually interesting training documents, using Canva is one of your best bets.
Canva offers paid and free options for the platform. Although most people use the platform to create social media posts, Canva can be used to create visually stunning presentations, videos, and documents.
They recently released the Canva Docs feature, which allows users to quickly compile written documents using AI writing, customizable charts/tables, and drag-and-drop visuals.
This platform is great if you want to build visually appealing training documentation such as job aids, manuals, and participant guides.
This video hosting platform can be used for more than just entertainment. YouTube has a plethora of educational videos on a host of topics, many of which can apply to your business.
Always vet the information in the YouTube video before sending it to employees.
You can also create a private video channel and provide your employee access. This is great for tutorials.
If you need to verify that an employee has watched the video, you may want to pair the video with a quiz and/or acknowledgment form for your records.
Although these solutions are not all-inclusive, they are a great starting point for any business owner looking to DIY a learning program for their company.