Training remote workforces requires a different approach than traditional training methods. Here are some strategies that can help organizations effectively train remote workers:
Use Virtual Learning Platforms
With the help of Learning Management Systems (LMS), organizations can create virtual learning environments where remote workers can access training materials, complete courses, and receive feedback. Virtual learning platforms make it easy to deliver training to remote workers at any time, from anywhere.
Provide On-Demand Learning
Remote workers may not have the same availability as on-site workers, so providing training materials that can be accessed anytime and from anywhere is critical. This type of training helps remote workers learn at their own pace, allowing them to balance work and training more effectively.
Foster Collaborative Learning
Remote workers can feel isolated, making it challenging to foster a sense of community. Collaboration tools like discussion forums, chat rooms, and video conferencing platforms facilitate collaboration and learning between remote workers.
Use Interactive Learning Materials
Interactive learning materials, such as gamified learning modules, quizzes, and simulations, help remote workers stay engaged and improve their learning outcomes. Interactive materials also provide instant feedback, which is beneficial for remote workers who may not have access to a trainer for immediate feedback.
Leverage Video Conferencing
Video conferencing enables remote workers to attend virtual meetings and training sessions with their colleagues and trainers. It also facilitates a more personal connection between remote workers and their colleagues, which is important for building relationships and maintaining morale.
Prioritize Cybersecurity Training
Remote workers accessing company networks from various locations and devices are more susceptible to cybersecurity threats. Cybersecurity training is essential to prevent data breaches, identity theft, and other cybersecurity threats.
How an LMS Can Make Remote Employees Feel More Connected
A Learning Management System (LMS) is the application that is used to build, deliver, manage, and track online training (eLearning) programs. The shift to remote workforces has made LMS platforms critical technology for workforce training in this new environment.
Fortunately, an LMS can also help remote employees feel more connected to their company and their peers.
Here are some of the ways an LMS helps accomplish that:
Provide interactive and engaging content: Creating interactive and engaging content, such as videos, webinars, and gamified learning modules, can help remote workers feel more engaged and connected to their colleagues and the company culture.
Facilitate collaboration: An LMS can provide tools for collaborative learning and social interaction, such as discussion forums, chat rooms, and virtual classrooms, to enable remote workers to communicate and collaborate with each other, share ideas, and offer support.
Encourage social learning: Encouraging social learning and peer-to-peer interactions through an LMS can help remote workers feel more connected to their colleagues, build relationships, and promote knowledge sharing.
Provide regular feedback and support: Regular feedback and support from managers and trainers can help remote workers feel supported and connected to the company, even when working remotely.
Foster a sense of community: Creating a sense of community within the LMS can help remote workers feel like they are part of a larger team and contribute to a positive company culture. This can include showcasing company events, recognizing achievements, and encouraging remote workers to share their own experiences and insights.
Important Training Topics for Remote Employees
Remote employees have specific training needs to ensure that they can work productively and efficiently.
Here are some important training topics for remote employees:
With remote workers accessing company networks from various locations and devices, cybersecurity training is essential to prevent data breaches, identity theft, and other cybersecurity threats.
Collaboration tools like video conferencing, instant messaging, and project management software are crucial for remote workers to communicate and collaborate effectively. Training on the effective use of these tools can help remote workers work together efficiently and build relationships with their colleagues.
Time Management and Self-Organization
Remote work requires a high degree of self-discipline, time management, and self-organization. Training on these topics can help remote workers stay productive, set priorities, and manage their time effectively.
Communication skills training is essential for remote workers to communicate effectively with colleagues, managers, and clients. Remote workers should be trained on how to communicate effectively through email, video conferencing, chat, and other remote communication tools.
Mental Health and Well-being
Remote work can be isolating and may impact employee mental health and well-being. Training on mental health and well-being can help remote workers cope with stress, maintain a healthy work-life balance, and build resilience.
Compliance and Regulations
Remote workers must comply with various regulations and policies, including data protection laws, health and safety regulations, and work-related tax and employment laws. Training on compliance and regulations can help remote workers stay informed and avoid violations.
About LMS Portals
At LMS Portals, we provide our clients and partners with a SaaS-based, multi-tenant learning management system that allows you to launch a dedicated training environment (a portal) for each of your unique audiences.
The system includes an embedded course authoring tool that enables most anyone to build engaging courses quickly and easily.
We offer a complete library of ready-made corporate training courses. So you can build your own courses, utilize our off-the-shelf library, or some combination of the two.
If you choose to, you can create Learning Paths to deliver courses in a logical progression and add structure to your training program. The system also supports Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) and provides tools for online coaching and social learning.
Together, the features make the LMS Portals platform the ideal solution for remote workforce training.