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Simplifying ISO certification with Prosperity LMS

Posted by Dan Wheeler on Wed, Oct 10, 2018

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A Learning Management System (LMS) can greatly simplify the process of achieving and maintaining ISO (International Standards Organizations) certification. Prosperity LMS provides flexible and efficient solutions for manufacturers to track training, standardize processes and ensure that employees are adhering to the necessary standards and specifications, both for ISO certification and for Occupational Health and Safety Administration requirements.

If your company is exploring the benefits of ISO certification, we can work with you to craft a system that will help you get the job done at a price you can afford. Contact us for more information. 

Whatever compliance requirements you face — and in today’s world, most companies face many industry and governmental regulations that require compliance tracking and reporting — we can help you meet them.  Prosperity LMS can provide the platform you need to schedule and deliver the necessary training to your employees, track and report their progress and ensure ongoing compliance with necessary quality standards.

Ziiva offers customized solutions for your business, tailored to meet your individual needs for ISO and OSHA compliance. We can help you automate tracking, reporting and training to take the headaches out of ISO certification and OSHA compliance.

We can develop a system that will help you determine the skills required for every position in your operation and then deliver a training and assessment program to make sure employees keep and maintain the skill sets they need, while documenting everything so that you have the records you need to prove compliance or easily deal with audits.

Prosperity LMS can help you train new employees and make sure your long-time employees and supervisors have the knowledge and training they require to do their jobs as efficiently and safely as possible.  Our team will help automate your compliance training to make it as simple as possible. Reminders, scheduling, assessment, tracking and reporting can all be automated so that you can focus on your manufacturing process, not paperwork.

Our system can produce rigorous exams to assess how well your employees have absorbed the training and other necessary information and compile the reports of these assessments you need to track compliance.

ISO certification can help your company improve its processes and training, ensuring safe, efficient and quality production. If you’ve hesitated to seek such certification in the past because of the logistics involved or if you’ve achieved certification but struggled with compliance and record-keeping, Prosperity LMS may be your answer. We offer flexible billing models and have a highly experienced team that will get you up and running as quickly as possible and within your budget. 

Contact us to find out.

Topics: manufacturing, learning management systems, learning management software, lms, compliance





An LMS helps close the manufacturing skills gap

Posted by Dan Wheeler on Fri, Sep 28, 2018

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Finding qualified candidates is getting more difficult, and the outlook is that it will continue to be a significant problem for manufacturers.  The cost to a business is significant as positions remain unfilled and recruiting time and expense continues to increase.  A learning management system (LMS) can help human resource managers retain and develop the skilled workforce needed to succeed.

Consider these statistics from Deloitte Consulting LLP and the Manufacturing Institute in their report The Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing 2015 – 2025.  

  • It takes 90+ days to hire a new skilled worker
  • Six out of every ten open skilled production positions are currently unfilled
  • By 2025 as many as 2+ million positions won’t be filled as the skilled worker shortage worsens as baby boomers retire
  • 82% of manufacturing executives say the shortage will negatively impact the ability to meet customer demands, innovate and expand
  • 94% of executives said the most effective response is internal employee training and development

A learning management system (LMS) is a great solution to help overwhelmed human resources staff train and develop employees. 

In addition to providing a training platform to build employee skills, an LMS can automate the administration, tracking and reporting of training and compliance certification.  A few key reasons an LMS can help include:

  • A standardized onboarding program ensures new hires are oriented, trained and engaged. According to a 2018 study by Jobvite, 30% of workers quit a job in the first ninety days.  Compare that to less than 10% if the company has a well-structured onboarding program.  An LMS can help ensure new employees have the information and skills to be successful.
  • Building a strong learning culture increases productivity and worker retention. Businesses that build this type of culture have 30-50% higher engagement and retention rates than those that don’t.  (David Mallon, Deloitte)
  • High-performing managers create high-performing teams. Manufacturers often put too little emphasis on training supervisors, despite the fact that the quality of the boss is a key factor in both worker performance and retention.  An LMS can help you identify and train new supervisors to increase productivity and reduce liability.
  • Provide the information and training workers need, when and how they need it. According to a Brandon Hall study, e-learning takes 40% to 60% less worker time when compared to a traditional classroom setting, and knowledge retention rates are higher.  An LMS makes you and your workers more efficient. 

Your best strategy is to engage and develop your current workforce.

The manufacturing skills gap is only going to increase, as will the competition for skilled workers.  Your best strategy is to engage and develop your current workforce, new hires and supervisors with a comprehensive learning and development program managed and tracked by robust learning management software.

The Prosperity LMS is built to support the needs of manufacturers, and our US-based team has the industry experience to make your training a success.   Use our calendar to schedule a brief consultation  or ask us a question.

Topics: training, elearning, training development, learning management system, manufacturing





Why your free trial wasn’t successful

Posted by susan reuter on Thu, May 24, 2018

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If you’ve decided you need a good Learning Management System (LMS) to help your organization meet its goals, you may have signed up for a free trial from another company. It’s possible that experience didn’t go particularly well. Why? Free trials can be a decent way to try out some kinds of software, but a good LMS is custom tailored to meet your company’s needs — and a free trial simply cannot replicate that experience.

Prosperity is customized to fit your needs exactly, following best practices, and we provide the training and support to make sure you get what you want and need from our system. For more personalized information about this process, contact us.

Things to think about before signing up for a free trial

An icon of a ticking clock.If you’re considering trying a free trial, you should be aware of the many potential pitfalls that will make a true evaluation difficult. Free trials give you only a limited amount of time — but an LMS that works for your unique needs requires hours of training and setup time. Will you have the time to learn the workflows and really delve into the features of a system? More importantly, will the time you and your team put into learning a system during a free time end up being wasted effort if the system doesn’t meet your needs?

Perhaps you’ll settle for a less-than-perfect solution exactly because of the extensive time and effort put in to a “free” trial. But, obviously, LMS providers can’t devote the resources to design the system you really need if it’s just for a free trial that you might walk away from.

The unfortunate issue is that free trials often end up wasting the time both of the customer and of the LMS provider. It is a wholly inadequate approach to achieving the kind of positive results a well-designed, properly set-up LMS can deliver.

Prosperity versus a free trial

Prosperity delivers. We can set you up with a system that does what you need, meets your exact requirements and meshes perfectly with your company’s culture and personality. We offer a fully supported setup, a dedicated implementation team and personalized training sessions. We’ll provide you with the technical resources, training and assistance necessary to build the perfect LMS for you. Contact us for more information.

Free trials can be seductive, we understand. It may seem like a way to test drive a system to see if it can meet your needs. But the downsides, while not always apparent, make a true evaluation impossible.

For example, if you need a reliable LMS that helps you manage compliance certifications, you'll want to test features like auto emailing and automatic tracking of different sets of data. Perhaps you want to track who needs what certification and what employees have taken certain courses. To truly test that new system, you need to take the time to input data and run actual tests.

Contact us to set up   a 30, 60, or 90-day pilot   of Prosperity LMSWhen you work with Prosperity, we will start with your goals and objectives and build a system that will make it easy for you to get what you need from the software. You won’t get that from a one-size-fits-all free trial. If you’re going to put the time and effort into setting up an LMS, it should be one you know from the beginning will do exactly what you need. (You can download our LMS Checklist here.) Prosperity can promise that because we customize each and every instance of our software to meet the customer’s individual needs.

You want your LMS provider to understand your company’s unique needs and provide a platform that helps you close gaps and streamline operations. You want an LMS provider who will be a full partner in your success.

We will be that full partner.

We'll adapt our system to meet your needs and provide you the training and support you need to be successful. We are committed to a lasting relationship where you are totally satisfied with the end product.

So, contact us to set up a 30-, 60-, or 90-day pilot of our Prosperity LMS. Test drive our system to make sure you get what you want and need from our system.

 

Topics: lms tips





Guide to LMS security

Posted by susan reuter on Wed, Mar 21, 2018

When switching to a new LMS, you will need to keep your users and your system safe. Working with your new LMS provider, use this graphic to help determine what security features and settings you will need.

An animated icon of a lock opening and closingWhat information needs to be made secure?



Content/curriculum — Government/defense, Trade secrets, Import/export control — Data will need to be encrypted at a high level Personally Identifiable Information — Healthcare: HIPPA compliance, Academic: FERPA compliance, Government/defense: Agency regulations 

User data — Names, email, progress — Must be encrypted at rest and during transactionEcommerce — Do you accept payments? — Ensure server is PCI compliant

An icon of a cloud receiving and sending dataWhere is your data?



Where is your data physically stored? Is it physically secure? Who has access?

Is the server secure agains cyberattacks?

Does the server use secure authentication? Does it need to access other secure systems? Who controls authentication keys?What security certificates do you need? SSL? HTTPS?

Overwhelmed?

We can do a security review with you, determine what needs to be secured, 
and build the security into the system.

 

Topics: lms content, learning management systems, elearning tools, switching LMS





Integrating your new LMS with 3rd-party systems

Posted by susan reuter on Thu, Mar 08, 2018

As you set up a new LMS, you may have to integrate with 3rd-party HR systems (like ADP), CRM systems (like SalesForce), Association Management Systems (like Abila, formerly Avectra), or other platforms.

While every setup is different, we’ve pulled together four issues that frequently arise during this process, and suggestions for how your LMS partner can work with you to solve them.

Integrating your new LMS with 3rd-party systems*: Four issues and our suggestions for how to solve them. | Issue 1: Your users have to log in each time they move between your LMS and your other systems. Solution: Single sign-on (SSO) gives the user a seamless entry into the LMS from one of your other systems, without having to enter a username/password into the LMS. How to acheive this: Many LMSs support a variety of SSO methods. Your 3rd-party vendor should provide documentation or assistance to get your SSO system working with your new LMS. | Issue 2: You have a dynamic user population, and you want to have imports scheduled on a regular basis. Solution: Real-time user account synchronization, which is typically done through file transfer (such as a CSV file), could be scheduled as often as you like. How to achieve this: Ask your LMS provider if they have an API to create and update user accounts. Issue 3: You want to present data from the LMS and another system at the same time. Solution: Real time user data gives you the capability to view data from multiple systems on the same screen. How to achieve this: Talk with your new LMS provider and see what options are available. | Issue 4: You may have other systems that need the results of a learner's progress. Solution: User progress synchronization can be done by file export, email, or API call to the external system. Updates could be scheduled or real time, depending on your need. How to achieve this: Ask your LMS provider what types of data export they support. *Like Hr systems (such as ADP), CRM systems (such as SalesForce), Association Management Systems (such as Avectra), and other platforms.

See also: 
Five IT points to consider when changing your LMS
Changing your Learning Management System (LMS) can present a number of IT challenges and questions.

 

Topics: lms content, learning management systems, elearning tools, switching LMS