Bedrooms and kitchens as the office: How to train an enterprise from home

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Close on the heels of the coronavirus outbreak is the biggest economic shock since World War II. This next wave of disruption isn’t just an economic shock: it’s a shock to customer behaviors and business models alike, making remote work and e-learning more important than ever.

Under high levels of uncertainty, you need to operate at high speeds. To do this, employees must have access to appropriate trainings so they can perform their role.

As we all know, companies and universities across the globe have their employees and students working remotely now. While the world transitioned, people who never envisioned themselves working from home began searching en masse for technologies to enable remote working and e-learning.

So what does the future of work look like?

Wave of disruption is likely to accelerate demand for flexible work in the future

According to Upwork’s 2018 Future Workforce Report, a majority of the 1,000 hiring managers expected that nearly 40% of their full-time staff would be working remotely in the next decade. That number may become significantly higher now as a direct result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Associated with this next wave of disruption will be challenges of a magnitude larger than we’ve seen before.

The combination of the rapid adoption of online learning environments along with organizations mapping approaches to remote working via digital platforms may act as a catalyst for employers to allow more flexible working in the future.

Although COVID-19 has spurred on digital transformation out of sheer necessity, employees experiencing some of the benefits of working remotely – like more freedom and autonomy – are going be hard-pressed to let it go.

The coronavirus outbreak is presenting itself as a watershed moment, showing employers that remote work can be done successfully, and demonstrating many advantages beyond disaster preparedness.

To handle the challenges accompanying these changing business models, organizations need to adopt operating models that accommodate the extreme level of uncertainty facing the business.

As remote work booms, e-learning becomes essential

When approached strategically, a remote work program can deliver fantastic organizational benefits, like:

  • Improved talent attraction and retention
  • Increased engagement and productivity
  • Happy and healthy employees that are more communicative than ever

However, to ensure the transition to remote work is smooth, it’s critical that businesses quickly enable their employees with the knowledge and training required so they can feel confident in their roles. Organizations must also develop tactical strategies to communicate and provide direction to their personnel during times of disruption.

Accelerating investments in a digital business model is imperative today, and speed is of the essence. Waiting for perfect solutions can be counterproductive: you need to confront uncertainties, not let them impede your decision making.

Bedrooms, closets, nooks, and kitchens have become the modern office: Training an enterprise from home

Choosing the right e-learning training solution is crucial for remote working and transitioning to a digital business model.

You need to be sure it’s effective, allowing you to easily communicate tactical directions to your employees – after all, enabling modular, scalable thinking is necessary for any business to navigate this unprecedented and rapidly evolving situation.

For the customer-focused enterprise, an easy to use Learning Management System (LMS) containing off-the-shelf content will help you and your employees quickly navigate the future waves of disruption, while also remaining focused on your business’s long-term goals.

These solutions not only equip leaders to manage and train an engaged and effective remote team, but also establish a safe remote working environment that observes security best-practices to protect the company and personal data.

Empower your remote employees to get productive quickly by providing relevant training in the flow of work to enhance both the employee and customer experiences. An LMS also helps managers communicate much needed direction and feedback during times, and can also facilitate in-person training when applicable.

The business world may never be the same again –  that’s why investing in a long-term training solution that’s reliable, scalable, and flexible is more important now than ever to ensure future success.

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Marissa Cicione
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