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Mindflash is a very user-friendly system for both the trainer and trainees. It can save you a lot of time.
CD Capabilities Training Manager
Unilever Food Solutions
About the Organization
Unilever Food Solutions is a food service manufacturer that also offers solutions that creates delicious, time-saving ingredients and provides ideas and inspiration to help businesses keep menus fresh and exciting. The company, which has been at the top of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 14 years running, delivers top-known brands such as Knorr, Hellmann’s, and Lipton to hotels, restaurants, businesses, schools, and independent operators in 74 countries. In addition to quality brands, Unilever Food Solutions support its customers with great service, market insights, and innovation.
Unilever Food Solutions has a widely distributed workforce across Canada and all 50 of the United States, with a diverse sales force led by Distributor Development Managers, Chain Development Managers, Business Development Team and Sales Leaders. Sales is further split into various teams with different areas of expertise, such as distributor, large chains, military, supermarket and deli, convenience stores, Club Stores, and healthcare facilities. The logistics of training are a major challenge since not only do courses need to be delivered across a vast area, they also need to be tailored to meet the needs of specialized teams.
“We don’t have the resources to get together all the time,” says Beverly Looney, Unilever’s CD Capabilities Training Manager. “We need a way to get out training materials easily and quickly, in a user-friendly format.” Previously, the company was holding a lot of live meetings over the phone. Training materials were not readily available, making it difficult for people to review courses without asking someone else to search for a file and email it. “Plus, it was very difficult to reinforce training,” says Beverly, “and it’s important that we ensure that employees not only understand the materials but also retain the information.”
Beverly uses Mindflash to create multiple variants of courses aimed at the various specialized sales teams. There are around 250 active trainees, all of whom have used the program. Most training programs are geared toward new hires and range in focus from finance and marketing to culinary ideation and food safety.
However, Unilever recently kicked off training program called UFS-University, which is focused on delivering continuing education to all of the salespeople at the company. Courses are created by a team of 5 to 10 people, and then Beverly uploads the materials to Mindflash. Trainees are required to complete courses, fill out related activity sheets and submit results through, while Beverly tracks progress to see who has completed the assignments.
For Beverly, the number one priority for training was that the tool be easy to use. “I didn’t want a complex solution that required an IT degree to be able to use,” she says. “Mindflash is very user-friendly–anyone can get the hang of it.” The company reviewed several other online solutions, but Mindflash was the easiest for both trainers and trainees to understand.
Beverly also likes that Mindflash:
- is easily accessible to the sales team when they are in the field, and that they’re able to go back and review materials at any time
- allows trainers to go back in and change a training program even after it’s been activated
- makes it easy to copy pieces of one course to create another that’s slightly different
- can be managed by several different people
- offers the ability to stagger training times
In about a year, Beverly has used Mindflash to create five series with a total of about 30 courses. Unilever is now able to send training materials in advance and offer Q&A review sessions, which has resulted in training review calls dropping from 90 minutes in duration to 30 minutes. Our sales teams are much happier with training since it saves them time and is easy to use.
In Mindflash, we were able to sign up and spin out a course within moments, it’s so easy to use, and easy to manage. Perfect for our customers.
Training Program Manager
About the Organization
Yammer is the leading provider of enterprise social networks. The company builds software that makes it easy for organizations to stay connected and share knowledge, and empowers employees to collaborate across departments, geographies, and business applications. Companies and organizations from across the globe, including more than 85 percent of the Fortune 500, use Yammer to improve employee productivity and engagement.
Yammer is a rapidly growing subsidiary of Microsoft, with offices across the United States, in London, and in Melbourne. After the massive growth that took place from being acquired by Microsoft, Yammer had a dilemma: how do we train our continuously expanding customer base? Natalie Baryla – training manager with Yammer’s YES team (Yammer Education Services) needed to be able to rapidly deploy training to a large group of customers across several global offices and time zones. With a distributed group of trainees each using Yammer in a different organizational capacity, Natalie needed a tool that would allow her to standardize training across their customer base for everything from certification programs to initial Yammer rollouts to prework for live classes.
To solve this, Natalie had a list of features for the ideal LMS:
- Ease of use
- Cloud based
- Quick setup and registration
- Easy maintenance
- Blended learning support
- Social learning support
- Yammer integration
Natalie rolled out training in Mindflash to over 1,000 of Yammer’s global customers. She was able to not only create 4 global certification programs and roll them out to their customer base, she was able to transform Yammer’s existing content into interactive training.
In six months on Mindflash, 200 certifications were issued with participants. Customers across the globe have been trained on best practices for Yammer rollouts, prework for live classes, and platform administration.
The implementation of Mindflash has streamlined our training. Everyone hears the same clear, concise message across the board. The ability to do training online with Mindflash allows our providers to do what they went to school for – see patients!
Project Manager of Training & Education
Capital Women’s Care
About the Organization
Capital Women’s Care (CWC) is a group of health care providers specializing in obstetrics and gynecology that aims to provide clinical excellence and the highest quality women’s health care services. With over 30 locations in Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia, it is the largest OB/GYN practice in the mid-Atlantic region. Through sharing ideas and information between physicians in the region, the organization strives to offer every woman superior care and individualized medical attention.
Healthcare regulations, HIPPA compliance issues and new technologies are constantly evolving. Further, CWC’s recent implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHR) added a new layer of complexity to the daily lives of its staff. As a result, CWC’s ongoing training needs skyrocketed. CWC urgently needed the ability to efficiently track which employees had successfully taken training courses in order to ensure compliance and appropriately give access to data and technology.
Further complicating matters, staff and providers are rarely all in the same room, making live training difficult to organize. Also, most of the computers at CWC’s facilities are locked down with use restricted to very narrow tasks relating to patient care. This restricted use of computers made online training challenging. Kerri Greene, Project Manager in charge of Training and Education, was given the difficult task of finding and implementing a solution.
Kerri realized that CWC needed a self-paced online training solution to compliment their live classes and webinars. After consulting with CWC’s IT provider, Kerri discovered Mindflash. She enjoyed the ease-of-use of Mindflash and loved the fact that she could upload the training files she already had created. Capital Women's Care launched their first course within days and now their Mindflash training program has dozens of courses with over 600 trainees including 140 providers and clinical staff.
With Mindflash, Kerri can now:
- Ensure their providers and clinical staff are up to date with regulations and instructions by efficiently and quickly disseminating information online.
- Deliver training courses consistently so all staff can remain up to date.
- Use robust reporting tools to quickly identify trainees who have failed a course or missed a deadline.
- Require trainees to answer at least 70% of quiz questions correctly in order to pass a course and access the associated clinical tools.
- Accommodate several different learning styles and ensure every team member in every location receives the same message
- Improve the quality of courses by surveying clinical staff to see if they still have questions, even after completion of training.
The staff has appreciated the flexibility of being able to take training anytime, anywhere. The Mindflash mobile option is particularly useful as clinical staff are constantly on the move. The iPads are also the ideal training delivery device for providers during their breaks in between patient visits. Further, it allows staff to take training online without using the locked-down CWC computers.
“Everyone loves the iPad training!” Kerri says. “The interactive modules on the iPad give the user the ability to touch and feel connected to the information that is being deployed, helping trainees learn and stay engaged. Also, as a trainer, my job is easier knowing that staff can access Mindflash mobile training courses no matter where they are located.”
With Mindflash, CWC has been able to dramatically scale their training program without increasing the number of full time trainers. Further, trainees are now receiving the exact same clear and direct training, ensuring fairness and efficiency.
Not only is CWC providing more training, but they have reduced costs as well. Before Mindflash, CWC would have to spend thousands of dollars on travel and hotel rooms in order to deliver training. Now Mindflash provides CWC with the ability to “push training out to a large amount of users without spending a lot of money on travel and rental facilities” Kerri says.
The end result is that the staff is better at their day-to-day work due to the new training program. Healthcare workers need to learn on a daily basis, so efficient dissemination of information is vital for employee productivity. With Mindflash, courses can be created quickly, trainees can access the courses easily via iPad or PC and trainers can receive real-time reporting to make sure the program is working optimally.