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Working remotely allows your workforce to get the job done on their terms. There's no longer the need to coop everyone up inside of an office. Rather than dictating where they work, you can provide them with various tools and apps that allow for communication, collaboration, and more. It can reduce costs, boost productivity, and eliminate the need for everyone to commute through traffic on a daily basis.
In order to get your workforce ready for remote working, eLearning can be used to teach people everything that they need to know.
You need to provide cost-effective training that allows your employees to learn at a pace that works for them. eLearning allows you to provide training in a way that is easy-to-digest. They can watch the material as often as needed while also being able to pause when necessary. It can be a lot easier to get everyone on board to learn instead of demanding that everyone shows up to an in-house training session.
eLearning can be a way to customize your training. You can focus on the various aspects that are necessary without providing training that isn't going to impact your employees. Templates can be used to identify the info your employees need to know. It will ensure that the training meets the needs of your business while allowing you to deploy the training quickly.
You may need to make sure that your employees are capable of working remotely for several reasons. You can even have new hires go through the onboarding process using eLearning tools so that they know what they need to do once they walk through the doors on day one.
All the training that you provide needs to be segmented:
Many businesses make the mistake of using off the shelf one size fits all eLearning. This doesn't help your employees or your productivity. Your eLearning programme needs to be customized to meet the needs of each role – and you need to have the ability to create your own training so that you can identify that the correct information is being presented.
What you teach a new hire may be very different than what you would teach a supervisor. Similarly, the way that you approach personal development will be different than the approach for health and safety issues.
By having a full customised eLearning library available, you can ensure that your employees have what they need to get the job done at all times. Additionally, they can reach out to the library to review concepts again as well as to add to their knowledge for their own personal benefit.
Although you may not plan to let your employees work remotely on a regular basis, it can be part of your disaster planning. Various aspects of business need to go on regardless of what's happening around the office. If there's a fire that takes out your building, a major traffic incident that prevents people from driving into work, or a global pandemic outbreak that results in people self-imposing isolation, you need to make sure they are capable of getting work done from inside of their home, a coffee shop, or anywhere else they're going to work.
Depending on your industry, as long as your employees have an internet connection, they'll have the ability to work remotely. However, the eLearning may be a necessary component to show your employees how to use the software and tools they need for their role. You can also create training that is based on different areas of responsibility.
Getting your workforce ready to work remotely isn't something that's going to happen overnight. However, you can make sure that you're moving in the right direction. You may need to introduce new software programs, ensure everyone knows how to access the network, and provide training on some of the latest collaborative tools such as Zoom and Slack that you have integrated into your remote processes.
There's no reason to struggle with working remotely. Whether your workforce is tech-savvy or not, they can learn what they need to with eLearning programs that you create. Additionally, you can make sure that you can track their training and get a digital sign-off for when staff have completed the training. This helps ensure that your staff are prepared for the various challenges of working outside of the office.
eLearning can be a game-changer in your operational procedures. It allows you to give them the training that they need while ensuring that they are engaged with the training. There are countless reasons why you might want them to work remotely. Whether there's a pandemic that's resulting in quarantine, an Act of God, or you want to offer more flexibility in the workplace, you can use eLearning to get everyone on the same page on the various systems that are used and processes you put in place to ensure you team is still productive and sully supported.
To get more tips on remote working take a look at our Remote Preparedness online course.
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