The ‘New Normal’ of employees being in work-from-home environments 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 the use of a Learning Management System (LMS) and online training.
The dramatic shift away from established office working, to the majority of workforces now working from home, has revealed significant benefits that have led to many organisations making the change a permanent one. Employers are realising that they can significantly reduce overhead costs and are no longer geographically limited in their hiring choices. Many businesses are also adopting a hybrid approach to capitalise on work-from-home advantages and mitigating the disadvantages. The hot desk is ready to make a comeback as businesses offer smaller, flexible office spaces for team members to drop in one or two days a week. However, the need for effective staff training is more essential than ever. Organisations need to ensure that they are able to train future employees seamlessly.
Technology has made many tools available for organisations to create thriving online workplace communities. Mobile networks, computer networks, video conferencing tools, social media…the list goes on. A Learning Management System (LMS) can help an organisation to create a successful online training community.
Benefits for online training
Online training has multiple benefits for a business – no travel, no employees out of their work-from-home office, realistic training scenarios, and no tight schedule. This means that your training is:
- Easily accessible
- Time saving
- Not disruptive to workflow
As with any training and development one of the main goals is to increase productivity. After all, increased productivity means increased profit. An effective online training solution, or Learning Management System (LMS), will deliver more output per unit than an input. Organisations can successfully upskill their remote workforces by starting with two simple steps –
Identify important information
Identify the content that is important for staff training. Don’t give in to the temptation to try communicate everything at once. Clear learning objectives will help you to carefully review all potential content and evaluate the value of each piece to identify what content is truly relevant to your staff training programme and what is better placed elsewhere. These will help you to order your content into what is most urgent, informing your content creation roadmap.
Create your content
All training content needs to be informed by your staff training learning objectives. If you have existing staff training material that needs to be converted, it is useful to bear in mind that no content is unusable; all existing legacy content can be adjusted to suit delivery through an online training methodology, organisations just need to understand how to utilise what currently exists. An experienced online training service provider, like FUEL, is more than capable of ensuring that all existing content is revised and utilised so no skills knowledge is lost during the implementation phase.
Learning Management Systems (LMS’), like those offered by FUEL, offer organisations the opportunity to successfully and painlessly, upskill their remote workforces, setting them up for success in the ‘new normal’ of work-from-home office environments.