Skip to main content

3 Reasons for Small Businesses to Invest in a Learning Management System

Many small companies may not have even heard of a learning management system (LMS). However, for companies, such as short-line railroads, who operate in a heavily regulated industry, an LMS can be a great investment.

While I think an LMS has several benefits, here are three reasons that make it a worthwhile investment.

Track Performance

If implemented correctly, an LMS allows companies to strategically implement and track training requirements for their employees. This ensures that each employee is receiving the right training. In addition, many learning management systems will automatically reassign training when employees change job roles, making job transitions smooth.

Beyond just implementing a training curriculum, LMS reporting on the performance of individual courses allows managers to identify any potential knowledge gaps. For example, if one employee is not able to pass a specific course or module, a manager can offer supplemental resources. Or, if several employees are struggling in the same area, companies can respond by assessing if the training is adequate or needs further improvement.

Reduce Training and Development Time

Having an LMS allows companies to begin offering online courses. While classroom and on-the-job training are important elements of training programs, online courses and videos allow employees to take training at different times and reduce the hassle of coordinating instructor and employee schedules, saving a lot of time.

Companies can also use an LMS to assess knowledge by taking online exams and participating in interactive scenarios. Moving from written exams to online exams can save a lot of classroom time, I had one instructor recently tell me that it takes him the same amount of time to grade written exams as it does for the students to take it.

Monitor Regulatory Requirements

An LMS is invaluable in tracking training regulatory requirements. It allows managers to monitor when training refresher requirements and certifications are expiring. An LMS also helps ensure training content is consistent and tracked throughout the organization. These reporting features help avoid costly penalties for non-compliance.

Be Wary of Hidden Costs

An LMS is only effective to the extent a company leverages it, and there can be additional costs in setting up and maintaining the system. Spark Training Solutions offers an LMS subscription that includes professionally designed courses and LMS support and administration - packing a lot of value into an already valuable investment. Contact us at to learn more.

Latest Blogs

Navigating USDOT Compliance: A Guide for Small and Midsize Enterprises

For small to midsize businesses, understanding the labyrinth of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) regulations is as critical as it is challenging. These rules can seem like roadblocks, ...

Founder and CEO of Spark TS Honored with Prestigious Recognition in Railway Age’s 2023 Women in Rail

ST. PAUL, MN, USA , November 21, 2023/ -- Spark TS, a SaaS safety, compliance, and drug & alcohol testing company, announces that its founder and CEO, Katie Inouye, has been ...

Spark TS Launches FRA-approved Spanish Version of Roadway Worker Protection Training

ST. PAUL, MN, USA , August 22, 2023/ -- Spark TS, a SaaS safety, compliance, and drug & alcohol testing company, announced the release of the Spanish version of its Roadway ...

The ODAPC has published all 2024 DOT random drug testing rates

The chart below outlines the annual minimum drug and alcohol random testing rates established within DOT Agencies for 2024. Event 2024 Random Drug Testing Rate 2024 Random Alcohol Testing Rate ...