Keep your remote employees on track
Give your remote workers the tools they need to succeed.
Now that millennials are becoming a dominant force in the workplace - and globalism is taking hold - things are changing a bit. One of the biggest shifts in the modern workforce is the ability to work remotely. Your remote employees have different needs and challenges than your people in the office—so how do you provide them with the support and training they need for success? Well, we have some ideas to get you on the right track.
80-90% of the workforce would like to telecommute at least part time
This may seem a bit on the nose, but you need to pick the right person for the job. Not everyone is cut out for working from home. To hire a good remote worker, consider candidates who have worked remotely before, have run their own business, can make mature decisions independently, can communicate clearly, and who are goal-driven.
65% of employees want more feedback
Over-communicating is a good thing with remote employees—however, make the majority of your communication feedback. Also, be available, transparent, manage expectations, and be clear with all of your written messages. Without the additional help of body language, you’ll need to be very clear with your employees about what their goals are and what your expectations are with them.
50% of jobs could be performed remotely
Leverage technology to collaborate. Whether it’s chatting, sharing slides, training, or assigning work, you should use technology to your advantage. You don’t need to spend your whole budget on software or apps when there are free or affordable alternatives like Bridge LMS, Slack, ToDoist, Basecamp, G-chat, and GoToMeeting.
Over 77% of U.S. companies use some form of online training
Always provide your employees with more learning opportunities. A modern LMS like Bridge can take online training further, with cloud-based courses that can be accessed anywhere with any internet-enabled device. Bridge is a good choice for managers because it provides real-time analytics, which make it easier to identify gaps in your training and easily prioritize learning for your team.
Remote workers increased 103% from 2005 to 2015
Embrace and master remote team management. The remote trend shows no signs of slowing down, which means it’s a good time to streamline your remote management practices. Be aware of your team’s expectations and don’t forget to schedule some face time (even if it’s over FaceTime) to get to know your team beyond emails.
These management approaches will ensure your remote sales team is not only making their quota from their kitchen table, but improving their skills and career along the way. Hire the right people, implement the right practices, and enjoy the benefits of your forward-thinking.
Want to learn more about how to manage the evolving modern workforce? take a look at our e-book “Workforce 2020” for some helpful tips.
The Best Training Mix for the Modern Workforce
Learning is much more than absorbing information during onboarding or on-the-job practice. You can help keep employees engaged and successful with a mix of different training methods. We’ve compiled a list of the most effective types of training - have a look.
Formal training: class is now in session
Formal training refers to courses or content developed by an instructor, including:
Classroom training or lectures
Online training courses
Only about 10% of employee learning comes from formal training and assignments, so be sure to focus L&D planning (and dollars) on multiple training components.
Social learning: breakroom > classroom
Employees obtain knowledge informally through community and ongoing interactions.
About 20% of learning comes from social interactions.
Today’s workplace is all about collaboration. In order to thrive, companies must facilitate social learning by:
Creating a culture of collaboration and knowledge sharing
Using technology, like a learning management system, to create formal and informal learning experiences
Providing adequate tools and space for working and learning together
Self-directed learning: Autonomy takes the spotlight
Allow employees to learn on their own time, on their own terms:
Tap into the autonomy millennials want
Use a cloud-based e-learning platform - like Bridge - that’s compatible with mobile devices
Provide a library of non-required courses for employees to take on their own
Use participation to help determine the next generation of leaders
Don’t forgo the guidelines: 95% of millennials are driven by the meaning and outcome of training and learning, so be sure to provide some direction and check in periodically.
just-in-time training: knowledge right when they need it
Empower workers with access to the right info at exactly the right moment by:
Creating a central library with job and company-specific resources
Ensuring all your information is clearly labeled and organized for easy access
Utilizing mobile compatible training
interactive training: use it so you don’t lose it
Interactivity makes people smarter: 90% of knowledge is retained from immediate application, like answering a question or taking action.
Provide your employees with learning that gets them involved with:
So, are you ready to revamp your training methods? Using a learning management system like Bridge can help you incorporate all the methods discussed above for the ultimate L&D harmony.
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