Workforce Training Goes Remote
Lockdown measures may have been lifted, but a Gartner survey reveals that 41% of workers are still likely to work remotely, and that means workforce training needs to go online as well. Employees not only need to continue to build the skills to thrive today, but capabilities for the future as well. Although many live events have been cancelled, it’s important not to press pause on workforce training. Here are ways to make remote learning work to further your staff’s development and satisfaction.
Make workforce training as accessible as possible by having one centralized location. This will also allow you to more easily manage and track your training efforts. One approach to this is a learning management system. But whatever platform you choose, from this hub, offer different ways of learning like videos since one size does not fit all. Embrace everything from virtual classrooms to gamification features to appeal to each worker’s learning style. And make the offerings available on mobile devices as well.
Consider a Third Party
When it comes to elearning, content is king. While you may opt to develop your own learning content in house for company-specific workforce training, many organizations also utilize third-parties for more general training topics. Outsourcing can be a less costly and burdensome approach and help you get an outside perspective and expertise as well. In many environments, a blend of both types can enable a varied range of courses that can be used by many types of learners.
Keep it Collaborative
While some employees prefer self-directed courses, it’s important to remember the social aspect of traditional workforce training. Focus on human connections when possible. Look for opportunities that encourage participants to engage and interact. Courses that group attendees and provide breakouts for them to take topics or assignments off line are good options. So are those that offer chat rooms so employees can ask questions and give input during the course.
Try a Hybrid Approach
As in-person conferences come back, remember that interaction and engagement are important to learning so consider how these live sessions may work with your workforce training strategies. Even with the rise of remote trainings, these offerings may not necessarily replace formal in-person opportunities but rather provide complementary learning. Just be sure employees comply with health and safety guidelines when attending training to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19.
To use remote training to continue to build a high-performance team, it’s important to make sure it’s working. Solicit feedback from employees on the training to keep lines of communication open and improve the programs. And be sure to incorporate ways to gauge whether the programs are successful. For example, set goals and deadlines at the outset and track employees’ progress so you can see if the workforce training is meeting its objective.
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