Remote work has accelerated in the last three years with many companies adopting work-from-home (WFH) policies and onboarding new tools to support this shift.
While this has created new opportunities and benefits for both companies and employees, it has also created a dilemma for HR departments that rely on traditional in-person training approaches.
eLearning can be a powerful tool for engaging WFH employees and help organisations adapt to this new reality.
WFH is an opportunity
It’s important to acknowledge that WFH has become a preferred option for many companies and employees. Remote work has been shown to increase productivity, reduce costs, and provide employees with greater flexibility and work-life balance(1).
However, this shift has also created new challenges, particularly regarding training and development.
The loss of face time and pier to pier interactions has got Human Resource (HR) departments considering new and innovative ways to keep employees engaged when training and developments is involved.
eLearning can solve a lot of headaches for HR by offering a flexible and adaptable approach to training. With eLearning, employees can access training content from anywhere and anytime, making it in fact easier for HR departments to engage with WFH employees.
Successful companies are expanding their eLearning programs to include WFH topics (even to those who are typically office based).
This expansion provides training in time management, communication skills, and remote team management. By offering training on these topics, companies can ensure that not only do WFH employees have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in a remote work environment, but so do their in-house employees; afterall, if another lockdown occurs, everyone is working from home.
Employee welfare is still key
Although it was always there to some degree, the importance of employee welfare was brought to the forefront during and after the pandemic.
eLearning can be more than just providing online content. Using engaging, interactive tools such as simulations, games, and quizzes, eLearning can create a sense of community and connection for remote employees. This can reduce feelings of isolation and ensure that remote employees feel connected to the broader organization.
Learning Management Systems
Proactive companies have a Learning Management System (LMS) that tracks the learner’s journey.
An LMS software platform allows companies to deliver, track, and report on training and development activities. With an LMS, companies can deliver training content to remote employees, track their progress, and provide feedback and support. This can help ensure remote employees have the same access to training and development opportunities as in-person employees.
The LMS can also be a great way to stay connected with remote employees. By using features such as discussion forums, social learning, and virtual classrooms, companies can create a sense of community and collaboration for remote employees. This can foster a sense of belonging and ensure remote employees feel valued and supported.
How outsourcing can help
WFH has become a preferred option for many companies and employees, but it has also created new challenges for HR departments when it comes to training and development.
At Bounce Readiness, we offer a flexible and adaptable approach to eLearning that makes it easy to engage with your WFH employees. Our eLearning programs cover a range of WFH topics, including time management, communication skills, and remote team management, ensuring that your employees have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in a remote work environment.
But eLearning with Bounce Readiness isn’t just about providing online content. We use engaging interactive tools such as simulations, games, and quizzes to create a sense of community and connection for remote employees, helping to reduce feelings of isolation and foster a sense of belonging.
With our Learning Management System (LMS), you can track your employees’ progress and provide feedback and support, ensuring that your remote employees have the same access to training and development opportunities as in-person employees. Our LMS also includes features such as discussion forums, social learning, and virtual classrooms, helping to create a sense of collaboration and community for your remote workforce.
As a manager, it’s important to consider these strategies when adapting to WFH and ensuring that all employees have the same access to training and development opportunities. Choose Bounce Readiness for effective eLearning solutions for your remote workforce.
- A study conducted by Harvard Business Review found that remote work can lead to increased productivity and job satisfaction, and can even reduce employee turnover rates. The study also found that remote workers reported greater work-life balance and reduced commuting time, leading to improved overall well-being. (Source: Bloom, N., Liang, J., Roberts, J., & Ying, Z. J. (2015). Does working from home work? Evidence from a Chinese experiment. The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 130(1), 165-218.)