There is only one thing worse than training employees and losing them – and that’s not training them and keeping them.
- Zig Ziglar
These days, remote work has become mainstream in many industries. While there are many benefits of working remotely, there are also some challenges to working outside a physical office.
For example, how do you ensure remote employees are properly trained and understand their roles and responsibilities?
We've developed six tips from our research and experience to help you successfully train your remote employees.
1. Identify goals and objectives.
What do you want your employees to learn? What soft skills do you want them to obtain? It’s essential to identify your learning objectives before you can create an effective remote training course.
2. Split the information into smaller pieces.
Presenting information in small chunks makes it easier for learners to stay focused and process/retain the material.
It’s also helpful to organize the information into manageable sections and clearly state the learning objectives. Visual aids, including charts, diagrams, and videos, help break down complex information and make it easier to process.
3. Optimize training for mobile.
Thanks to mobile devices and the internet, more people consume content on the go. Employees are no longer restrained to their desks – especially when working remotely.
A mobile learning management system (LMS) is a valuable tool for training remote employees. It enables you to create and deliver training courses on the go and allows employees to learn at their own pace. With a mobile LMS, you can also track employee progress.
Here are some tips on how to use a mobile LMS:
- Identify the learning goals and objectives for your training course – and then create content around those goals.
- Break down the information into manageable lessons or modules. Include assessment tools to gauge understanding.
- Upload the finished training course to your LMS so employees can access it.
- Use tracking tools to monitor their progress. Optimizing mobile learning for remote employees will make the training process accessible and engaging.
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4. Utilize technologies.
Take advantage of technology to create an interactive and engaging remote training experience for your employees.
Video conferencing tools like Zoom, Skype, and Google Meet allow your remote employees to see, hear, and interact with co-workers and the training facilitator. You can also use screen recording to create detailed step-by-step training videos.
Google Docs and other collaboration tools enable remote employees to work together on a project.
5. Include on-demand training
On-demand training allows employees to access the training courses and materials anytime. This training is helpful for learners who can't attend live sessions or want to review the material at their own pace. Employees can replay the lessons as often as necessary to help them process and retain the information.
On-demand training is also flexible and convenient because you don’t have to worry about coordinating schedules to ensure everyone can attend the live sessions.
6. Combine self-guided and group training.
Combining self-guided and group training allows employees to learn at their own pace while cultivating a sense of community.
In group training, employees learn from each other as they share experiences and tips. It also helps keep employees engaged and builds morale. Employees can also create study groups to support each other in their learning or work together on a project.
When done correctly, training remote employees is an invaluable investment. And when everyone is on the same page and working towards the same goal, your business will reap the benefits of a well-trained, motivated, and productive team. These tips will help create an interactive and successful remote training experience for your employees.
Ready to make your remote training easy and engaging? Impact Group Training has the background and expertise in educational technology and instructional design to create the customized training courses and materials you need. Contact us today to learn more!
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