Many companies have been allowing employees to remote work for a long time. During this pandemic, those companies may have gained an advantage over their competition. For the rest of the business world, it may be a time of uncertainty. Big changes lead to rapid evolution. Especially when companies were unable to prepare in advance for the transition. Justin Cobb Leadership Academy has been advising our clients on training remote workers.
Many companies jump straight into training with scheduled video conferences. A single facilitator holds a session during a short time slot. This person imparts information to those in attendance. This system has many flaws. This person will need to spend time planning training sessions. If they don’t give enough notice, it may conflict with employee schedules. Illness or unforeseen circumstances can mean an employee missing vital information.
One of the strategies we tell our clients to take advantage of is asynchronous learning. This is also known as ‘self-paced’ learning. This model allows employees to access content and communicate at their own pace. The trainer can also assess employees as and when necessary. This leaves more time to develop more detailed and concise training plans. The trainer can write plans once, and use them for many years in some cases.
Using the right tools is also important. Many companies use cloud documents and group chats to disseminate training materials. But it pays to use the right tool for the right job. There are many useful services out there. Video conferencing, virtual classrooms, and video hosting and sharing. But it’s more beneficial to develop your own in-house training platform. If the company can handle the higher initial cost.
At Justin Cobb Leadership Academy, we have a centralized hub for training and development. A place where our people can gain access to video training. They can listen to past conference calls and webinars. They can also take part in interactive training. This allows us to keep our edge even in challenging times.