Partner Training Challenge


HR LMSs Are The Wrong Tool For The Job

HR LMSs were designed for a single hierarchy of employees, but the reality for partner training programs are more complicated than that. An HR LMS does not support partner distribution and supplier networks.

Partner Networks have a unique training challenge that no other industry faces: managing a training program that has so many independent entities is complicated.




Brands

Not every partner make, sell or service all of your brands. When using a partner learning platform, it's important the system can support branding.

With the right LMS, your partner's staff can be defined naturally without system interruption - using generic terms like sales person and technician versus brand A sales person or brand B technician. This logic is beneficial when designating brands, especially as multi-brand carrying partners can be complicated to express in an HR LMS.

When assigning training that is brand specific, the LMS needs to identify certain job positions associated with that brand. Since branding is designated in your partner's staff profiles, versus their actual position title, the system will be able to send brand specific training to the correct audience every time.

Field Organizations

Field support is commonly used among the Original Equipment Manufacturing industry. It's usually structured geographically, meaning different partners receive different field representatives in terms of personnel and services. Field organization structures need to be supported within your learning platform.

Depending on the complexity of your partner relationships, you may have more than one relationship with each partner. For example, Vehicle OEMs frequently have three relationships with their dealer partners that require field organization representation: sales, service and parts. Each are organized independently and absolutely need their structural nature expressed in an LMS.

Multiple Locations

It's customary for a partner in a partner network to own multiple locations (dealerships, stores, manufacturing warehouses). It's essential that these types of partners have seamless access and functionality to all of their location's training without having to log into multiple environments with multiple login IDs.

Employing a learning platform that can support partners that own multiple locations is crucial to a successful partner training program.

Multi-Role Learners

It's very common for employees to take on multiple roles in an organization. Assuming more responsibility is closely tied to an individual's abilities rather than job title alone. This means two employees with the same job title may need different training. These multi-role learners must be supported within an LMS so that training isn't mishandled.

With the right learning platform, employees can possess multiple job positions, or roles, within their user profile. This way training is assigned according to all job roles, not just an employee's formal job title.

Matrixed Organizations

With the rise of multi-role learners comes matrixed employees - employees with multiple bosses across multiple dimensions. Since HR LMSs assume a single hierarchy structure, matrixed organizations have a very hard time fitting into traditional learning management systems.

A learning platform that can support matrixed organizations allows for each boss, or manager, to only track training relevant to them. If both managers assign the same training goal to the employee, and once the employee has successfully passed the course, the system should grant the employee credit for both goals. Rather than having to take the course twice, or gaining credit from an administrator on the backend.

Internal & External Learners

When dealing with partner training programs, all employees are not created equal - and therefore should not be treated equal. Partner training programs require a learning platform that won't force you to treat your internal learners as you would each partner's external learners.

Internal learners have different learning paths than those of external learners. Typical internal learning paths include compliance training, career development training and training tied to performance reviews. Your external partner learners may also focus on these independently, but this type of training is not provided by the you. It's important for your LMS to be able to assign this type of training without interfering with the training paths set for external learners.

Audience-Specific Workflows

Having different relationships with different partners means different approaches to training and separate audience-specific workflows. How partner employees are assigned login credentials, how they're organized, what their training goals are, how you report on their training and so much more is vastly different from each of your partners. The right LMS will allow you to define how each training audience is setup within the system in order to keep the integrity of your unique business model.

LatitudeLearning is the right tool for the job because partner training is complicated.

Today's global Partner Networks have hundreds, sometimes thousands, of relationships with those that make, sell, service, and customers that use their products. These many relationships makes product training more difficult and requires a sophisticated learning platform that can deliver.

LatitudeLearning is not your typical learning management system. We were designed specifically to manage partner training programs.




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