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Created in 1982, ConnectWise provides a thriving IT ecosystem to their partners through products that deliver remote management, expert services, business management, cybersecurity, and a host of other services.
Filled with tech-loving and passionate people, ConnectWise’s goal is to make their partners and their clients successful by providing them with end-to-end support.
Get the whole story on how ConnectWise is using collaborative learning to help every new hire make an immediate impact through great onboarding by watching the webinar on-demand.
ConnectWise is a leading software company dedicated to the success of IT solution providers. To stay on top, they need to ensure that their help desk technicians are up to date in an industry that is known for moving rapidly–that’s why they’re always working to ramp up the skills of new hires.
Here at 360Learning, we know that onboarding new hires can sometimes be tricky to get right, especially when faced with the challenges of shifting to hybrid and remote working.
For Lee Savage, Help Desk Trainer at ConnectWise, meeting this challenge meant looking for a way to keep all their onboarding deliverables in one spot and leveraging all the great know-how they had within their subject matter experts to help new hires.
We had the chance to speak to Lee about how ConnectWise helps every new hire make an immediate impact through great onboarding and peer-driven upsilling.
For Lee and the L&D team, a big challenge was keeping all of their training material in a central location. Previously, they were dealing with multiple platforms but by using 360Learning, they have been able to combine everything in one location.
Fixing that first hurdle, Lee says, meant the L&D team spent less time doing non-training activities. “Speed is a huge factor for us,” he says. “The IT industry is all about rapid change, and being able to update and move things quickly is huge for us.” For example, Lee can now complete his onboarding setup for new hires in five minutes—a huge change.
“The other major issue,” says Lee, “is putting our IT Nation community together with our technicians.” Adding IT Nation meetings as on-demand style video presentations provided ConnectWise’s technicians with another way to connect to the forum where partners, vendors, and colleagues discuss best practice and product improvement.
“The thing that I think we all here at ConnectWise love about 360Learning is the connectivity,” explains Lee. “Getting people together. Allowing them to interact.”
ConnectWise’s experience with 360Learning has helped them chop down admin time, helped people focus on high-value tasks, and leverage subject matter expertise.
With 360Learning, Lee and the L&D team were able to make ground in four key areas in their onboarding program. These were:
1) Speed: Building, shipping, and updating modules took just 1-2 weeks
2) Relevance: It became a lot easier to reflect current market developments
3) Integrations: 360Learning’s integration with PowerApps offered a seamless experience
4) Collaboration: Subject-matter experts could quickly and easily build courses
For Lee, these four key areas were critical to helping every new hire make an immediate impact. And with speed being key to their industry, the first area was about creating and deploying courses quickly.
As Lee explains, ease of use and speed was really important for ConnectWise. “With our previous setup,” he says, “it would take us anywhere from a month to two months to set up a course, whether it was a short or a long course.”
But now, their courses are created and uploaded in the same week, sometimes even the same day. “That kind of turnover speed really helped us move a lot faster.”
Next for Lee and the team, with courses built and ready to ship, they focused on getting that training onto the shop floor.
The next benefit was that Lee and the team could make sure the trainings were going where they made sense for an immediate return on investment.
For example, ConnectWise no longer needed to take a technician off the floor for an hour or two for training. They could go offline for two minutes to take a course. “And then they can get right back into the action,” Lee says, “and immediately put what they've learned into place.”
Now they could concentrate on ramping up their content by integrating 360Learning with PowerApps.
In addition to regular courses, ConnectWise integrated PowerApps with 360Learning to streamline new hire creation and setup as well as auto-assignment of courses.
“We've created a single app that takes care of all of our employee set up for us,” explains Lee. “It sets up our phone system, our ticketing system, our 360Learning [platform], and our desk manual. It makes everything just so much faster. So, another immediate ROI right there.”
In the last step, with their onboarding program moving quickly and efficiently, Lee and the team could enable better collaboration with their subject-matter expertise.
In the past, Lee and the team would either have to keep a team's group or an email chain when collaborating to set up a new training. Now, when working with their subject-matter experts the team adds those SMEs and designers as soon as the course is created.
“We all work through the admin chat in that course,” says Lee, “and all the information is right there for the future.”
Through utilizing the 360Learning platform, Lee and his L&D team have been able to create a really impactful new hire onboarding program through peer-driven upskilling.
The ConnectWise story is a great example of how peer-driven upskilling enables impactful new hire onboarding:
• Internal subject-matter experts create courses: subject-matter experts can create tailored content to help new hires start strong out the gate and not have to search around for the answers for too long.
• Internal co-authors collaborate on courses: authors and learners can collaborate and engage with each other on course creation which leads to even more relevant content.
• New hires can ask specific questions of course authors: learners have a really easy way to ask questions directly to the course creators, their peers, meaning they can get the answers they need right away.
ConnectWise’s biggest impact has been speed. Because they are able to reduce the size of modules, they don’t need to spend nearly as much time scheduling training sessions. Instead, technicians can complete training between calls or during down periods.
• Their average training module length is now 12 minutes compared with 30 minutes via their previous LMS. They also have a faster learning-to-use ratio, meaning technicians are implementing what they have learned directly into play.
• Technicians spend more time taking phone calls or chats thanks to shorter training sessions, leading to higher satisfaction from their partners and clients. This means more return partners and higher confidence in ConnectWise.
Lee and the L&D team have also been able to create a positive impact on ConnectWise’s retention rates. “Good training and taking an interest in making sure that your employees and colleagues are connected will lead to higher retention rates and to better profits overall,” explains Lee.
ConnectWise has seen less turnover at the help desk for a variety of reasons, including taking a more personable approach to getting their people better knowledge faster. “And that's kept them here,” says Lee.
What’s next for ConnectWise and 360Learning? Lee explains that they will be focusing on four areas heading into the future.
First, Lee and the team are looking to expand the new hire training so that they can reach other new colleagues. “We want to ensure that the same basic structure and care is given across the board for our expert services,” says Lee.
Lee also wants to focus on expanding their technical training section to help their colleagues get certifications from some of the major IT providers such as Microsoft, Google, and CompTIA. “Going back and updating our technical training,” he says, “will make it much easier for our technicians to get those skills certifications.”
Third, the team is working on establishing the learning needs function. “Just recently,” Lee explains, “one of our technicians hit the learning needs button and said: I need training on Azure.” The next day, their instructional designer and subject-matter experts started working on a course. “And now, only a short time later,” he says, “we have a really nice Azure introduction course.”
Finally, Lee and the L&D team are looking to post company-wide announcements as on-demand videos to keep everyone up-to-date on their IT Nation activities. “So those types of things will really give us more of a foothold in 360Learning as far as what we're doing,” Lee says. “But it'll also allow us to use the platform in different ways that aren't necessarily immediately obvious.”