Companies are responding to the challenges of COVID-19 with new training strategies.
Regardless of industry, companies are aware of the various training challenges facing them since the pandemic began. Many companies have more employees working remotely than ever before, with no immediate plans to return to the office. Even before the pandemic, the number of employees working from a remote location has been trending up each year and we expect that trend to continue even after the pandemic. This abrupt change in how we work makes distance learning more of a priority than ever before.
An integral part of this training now focuses on remote onboarding. An effective remote onboarding plan is essential for companies to retain valuable employees. According to a recent Glassdoor survey, organizations with a strong onboarding program improve new hire retention by 82% and productivity by over 70%. An effective remote onboarding program not only includes the basic need to know the information but also encompasses activities that are motivational and make new hires feel welcome. Yet according to the Human Capital Institute, 58% of organizations say their onboarding program is focused on processes and paperwork. This is something that many organizations will need to change if they want to retain their top talent.
Skye Learning Solutions offers a free brief tutorial on Remote Onboarding to help companies consider what strategies may work best for their employees during these challenging times. With over 25 years of experience working with companies of all sizes, Skye can help companies optimize their onboarding training as well as create essential programs in product knowledge, compliance, or sales skills. Skye helps companies develop distance learning solutions that use proven instructional design methodologies to provide instructional effective material based on measurable learning objectives.
Every Company has unique training needs, and their custom solution will depend on a variety of factors including their audience and the topics that need to be covered. Skye’s upfront analysis will help define learner profiles, the learning environment, and the desired learning outcomes. Distance learning can take many forms, from highly animated programs that utilize animation and video, to more graphically oriented programs. Courses can be designed as modules within a curriculum or as small “micro-learning” chunks that are part of a performance support program. And many times, a combination of these approaches works well.
As training industry professionals with over 25 years of hands-on experience, we see the value of training this new wave of remote workers and believe this is where much of our workforce is headed. Sir Richard Branson from Virgin America says “We like to give people the freedom to work where they want, safe in the knowledge that they have the drive and expertise to perform excellently, whether they’re at their desk or in their kitchen. Yours truly has never worked out of an office, and never will.”