Employees Need New Skills for Long-Term Remote Work Success: Training Can Help

Employees need a unique skill set to work from home. It’s worth investing in training for them.

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As working from home becomes a medium- rather than short-term situation, new skills are needed.

While working from home is not a new concept, it has never been as relevant or as necessary as during the first months of 2020. If your company is one of the many that adopted a remote work model to cope with the global COVID-19 pandemic, it has likely become clear that the change to work styles will be more lasting and impactful than the earliest projections suggested.

Between uneven and persistently high infection rates across regions, the risk of new spikes and the simple fact that many newly remote positions may never return to the office, it is clear working from home as a concept is here to stay. This means it’s time to invest in ways to maximize your employees’ contributions when they are outside of the office.

Treating remote work as something to be endured for a few weeks and then discarded is no longer an option. There are skills associated with long-term success in this realm, and offering training in these productivity-building abilities, whether optionally or on a mandatory, company-wide basis, is a logical next step for businesses looking ahead at long, uncertain timelines for reentering their spaces. Continue reading

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Why Your Management Personnel Need Financial Literacy

A greater sense of financial openness and transparency can transform company culture for the better in tough times.

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Sharing financial knowledge widely is especially important in uncertain times.

Leading a business in a difficult economic environment brings a unique set of challenges. With the pandemic-wrought recession now facing the world, your company may be facing both internal and external uncertainty. One of the most essential elements to survive such a time is to have internal trust and unity between managers of various departments. To inspire this sense of camaraderie, you can focus on building financial literacy and transparency among team leaders.

Financial matters aren’t just for the finance department. The monetary health of a company is relevant to every employee, as the current and future prospects of a business depend on this performance. While it may at first be tempting to share very little information about finances in precarious times, taking the opposite approach and embracing openness is likely the better move. After all, it’s difficult to build a positive and unified company culture when employees feel they are being kept in the dark. Continue reading

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Safeguard Your Workforce with Health and Safety Training as You Return To Work

What are the short- and long-term benefits of investing in training to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace?

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What is the impact of employee safety training?

Opening a business again after closure related to the COVID-19 pandemic is an interesting time. You’re eager to get your team back to doing their jobs and to start building your profits back up again. However, these efforts can fall apart quickly if the infectious disease spreads through your workforce. Any return to work must come along with an increased focus on safety and the prevention of spreading COVID-19, specifically, and diseases, in general.

Rather than being vague or informal with your employee education, you can invest in training modules designed to keep workers safe. Some of these have been developed in recent months specifically about COVID-19, ensuring you have the right information to spread among your team. Meeting officials’ suggestions for stopping the spread is challenging but important, and training content can help your employees reach this goal. Continue reading

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Teach Employees the Legal Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media, Text and Email

What does it take to keep business communication effective and compliant?

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What should employees know about digital communication?

Today’s workplace communication technologies are heavily weighted toward digital mediums. Even before employees around the world were forced into remote working methods by the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, social media, text and email were ubiquitous for business conversations. Now, with fewer in-person interactions than ever before, information of all kinds is passing through digital communication channels.

Whether your employees are reaching out to customers and prospects, talking among themselves or filing official records meant for retention in the archives, they are likely using digital communications. Text programs such as Slack and Microsoft Teams are leading platforms, but simple SMS messages and Google Hangouts are also commonly used across industries. Email has been around for decades now, but has added complexities based on the sensitivity of information being sent. Social media platforms are diverse and ever-evolving and come with their own privacy policies.

Taking some time to educate your employees on the best practices and legal requirements behind all these communication methods is a worthwhile use of time. Considering just how much business is being conducted over digital channels, it’s clear your team members will make use of the facts they learn in these courses. Continue reading

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Get Time Management Training for the Decentralized Workforce

Time management is important for remote workers and training can impart this skill.

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Time management is a key skill for newly remote employees.

Companies that transitioned into work-from-home models due to the global COVID-19 pandemic have quickly come to understand both the opportunities and the challenges of having a remote workforce. One of the main differences between working from home and coming into the office is the long unstructured and unobserved hours employees will spend in their own houses. If they use this time effectively, they can be just as productive as a centralized team. However, that level of time management is not a sure thing.

While it may be tempting to assume that a good sense for time and how to spend it is something innate – either people have it or they don’t – it is a skill that can be imparted through training. Just as it’s possible for employees to contribute valuable work from their homes, you can assign them online, video-based coursework they can take on a schedule that suits them, building essential skills such as the ability to spend time productively, even when there is no boss on hand to check on them. Continue reading

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