Today’s job landscape is ultra-competitive: unemployment in the United States is lower than it’s been in 50 years, and Canada is experiencing a similar dip. If companies want employees to stick around long-term instead of switching to another employer with better benefits, they need to invest in their professional development.
In turn, employees will feel valued and seen, knowing that their employer is willing to provide them with learning opportunities that are applicable both inside and outside the workplace. In fact, LinkedIn’s 2018 Workplace Learning Report found that 94% of employees were more likely to stay with a company that invested in their career.
What better way to prevent boredom from setting in than to introduce a dimension of learning and development to the workplace? Training programs, workshops, and events that are equal parts fun and challenging are the secret sauce behind employee motivation and retention.
The rise of remote work
Remote work used to be a corporate taboo, even for socially advanced enterprises. It was viewed as a last resort, reserved for roles that operated in isolation. In 2020, however, that view has shifted: 16% of companies around the world are fully remote, and 40% are considered to be a “hybrid,” according to a recent OWL Labs survey.
Today, remote work is more than just an option – it’s encouraged. While some industries like IT have long relied on out-of-office workers, more and more sectors are opening the door to flex hours and remote work. Many companies are able to reduce their overhead by hiring remote talent, and some are even replacing permanent cubicles with hot desks so employees can come and go as they please.
How to train employees in today’s remote age
Training is rarely a one-off event: for companies to survive and thrive, they must develop their employees’ skills and facilitate workplace learning on an ongoing basis.
However, for businesses that have people working from home or even from another city or country, communicating information to their entire team can be a tall order. While on-site employees can access workshops and training sessions without issue, it’s more difficult to keep off-site workers in the loop.
So, how can you provide training for employees across your organization, without sacrificing the quality and variety of what you can offer? How can you give remote employees equal access to professional development opportunities? The answer is virtual online training.
Benefits of online training
Forward-thinking companies are using technology to provide training that delivers lifelong value. The virtual classroom can be accessed from near and far, making it the ultimate tool for businesses with remote workers. Here are just a few of the benefits online training can provide for your company:
- As millennial’s and Gen Z begin to account for a larger slice of the workforce, it’s important to cater to their workflows: younger generations are all about convenience, connectivity, and functionality. They expect to learn and work in the same way that they entertain themselves: online.
- If employees require individualized training, they can book their sessions at a time that fits conveniently into their schedule.
- When colleagues from different locations come together for a small group class, companies will save money by paying a group rate rather than shelling out for private classes for each employee.
To feel fulfilled at work, people need development opportunities. And in the modern office landscape, remote work is becoming more and more popular. To ride the remote wave and keep each one of your team members happy, the virtual classroom is the way to go. Want to learn more about how to increase employee retention through modern training initiatives? Contact us today!