Something we hear frequently at Totara Learning is organisations saying ‘We love the idea of social learning, but we don’t know if it’s for us’. The good news is that social learning can benefit teams of all sizes and types, and social learning platforms like Totara Social are ideal if you’re looking to get to grips with social learning. In this post, we’re going to look at some use cases for social learning platforms.
Large global organisations
In organisations with tens or hundreds of thousands of employees worldwide, it’s vital to give people a way to communicate efficiently. Many of us have experienced email burnout at some point, and instant messaging across timezones isn’t always easy or efficient. Social learning platforms give people a way to curate their own feeds, meaning they can ignore all the irrelevant noise and focus on the messages that matter to them, whether it’s news from their own team (set up as a group on the social platform) or being able to follow mentors and experts from across the company.
Geographically dispersed teams
Organisations are increasingly embracing flexible working, with more and more employees working remotely at least some of the time. While this can be great for productivity, it can mean your internal expertise is dispersed, making it harder for people to access. With a social learning platform, your people can easily ask questions, post on forums and follow the posts of your subject matter experts for tips, advice and support from the wider community.
Anyone who has tried to share creative ideas over email will know how challenging it can be. Instead, save everyone the headache and move the discussion onto a social platform. Here, you can create different groups for each project, and team members can easily upload documents and post ideas to share with the team. Everyone else can then vote for their favourite ideas, ensuring everyone gets their say and the creative juices can flow more freely.
Companies looking to build a strong culture
Company culture is an often-overlooked aspect of successful organisations. The culture is what makes your company feel uniquely yours, and bringing everyone together on one platform is a way to maintain this culture digitally. This can help create a sense of cohesion across teams and locations, reinforcing a sense of culture and consistency across the entire organisation. This will facilitate conversations within a fully branded online space which fits seamlessly into the company.
It's for smaller teams too!
Organisations of all sizes can benefit from a social learning platform, for reasons such as keeping a permanent record of previous discussions and conversations and ensuring more introverted members of the team get their say. If you are interested in discovering the benefits a social learning platform like Totara Social but need a smaller-scale implementation, why not try Totara Cloud? This enables you to try Totara Social for yourself and see how it works with your team before you commit to a full implementation with a Totara Partner. Supporting the informal learning in your blend is crucial whether you have 20 or 200,000 employees, and this can be the perfect way to get started.