The ‘New Normal’ of working remotely is a far cry from the traditional office environment, where employees have colleagues and co-workers available to motivate and support them where needed. The good news, however, is that organisations are able to create successful remote workforces through online training.
Training employees to work remotely
Making the transition from working in an office, to working remotely can have a massive impact on an organisations team. Employees that have a sterling record of productivity and hard work, can suffer huge productivity and efficiency losses when they move to working remotely. This is because when working in an office, employees have few distractions on their time, however, when working remotely, they are faced with life distractions that they often don’t know how to handle. Having access to an efficient Learning Management System can offer organisations a solution to this dilemma.
Through an LMS, organisations are able to offer their employees training on the skills required to manage a successful work-life balance. Empowering employees with these skills, will ensure that their productivity levels remain optimum, even when faced with the unique challenges associated with working remotely. It is important for organisations to remember, that they will need to onboard all employees to the LMS and support them through their training journey; launching training initiatives “cold” could potentially leave some employees, especially those new to remote work, struggling to keep up.
Assign Training Leaders
Assigning a Training Leader to groups of learners, will ensure that employees get the support and motivation that they require when making the shift to working online. For many employees who are used to having the support of colleagues in the office environment, the shift to working remotely will be challenging.
A training leader will be able to monitor the progress of learners through their modules and can offer regular check-ins with those who are struggling to adapt to the new way of working. The most unique challenge of all virtual activity, including training staff to work online, is social isolation. Check-ins help remote workers feel a sense of community. If those workers are left ignored for too long, it could potentially impact employee health and wellness and be a drag on productivity.
Monitor Learner Progress and Engagement
With a remote team, organisations won’t have the same level of visibility of employees as they would if they were in a physical office setting. It’s therefore easy to lose communicated with learners for extended periods of time, resulting in learner disengagement and poor performance.
Online training, and LMS’ like FUEL’s Aranzi, offers organisations the opportunity to view reports where they can view learners progress through their training pathway. The same reporting functionality also allows organisations to track individual learner development to monitor compliance and training progress.