Training Employees in a Post-Pandemic World

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Life post-pandemic felt so far away but it is upon us. These formative months will change how we work. Remote training is on the rise!

An insight on the changing culture work and remote training.

It goes without saying: the past two months of my life have been … the strangest times I have lived through. I realize now how much I cherish getting up early to hit the gym before work. Or having a house full of my closest friends on a busy Friday night. Or sitting down at a Mexican restaurant with my man and ordering the fattest chimichanga on the menu. Alas, here I am. With this unsettling feeling that everything is normal, but just outside my safe little apartment, there is complete corona-chaos.

However, times are a-changin’… just like they have always changed and just like they will always change. The world has seen pandemics and we, humankind that is, have kept our best foot forward. To clarify, history is here to tell us one thing, our life as we knew it is in the past. Catastrophic events shape our society. They shape our media. They shape our culture.

So, now we ask – How is our life going to look post-pandemic? What habits did we take on during our formative weeks sheltering-in-place? What did isolation teach you about – Productivity? Drive? Hard work? Yourself?

Let’s just talk about work for a second…

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Remote training does not mean you have to work harder, just smarter!

I have reason to believe the transition back to work will be just as uneasy as the transition to working from home. For instance, I sit here in my new home office realizing just how productive I can be when I lock myself in a creative space and grind. Work at my own pace, in my own way, with or without pants.

Subsequently, the world of work is innovating. As we take our first steps into this post-pandemic future, we find ourselves relying on the modernization of virtual communication that quarantine has brought us.

What does this mean for the businesses that are recovering from the rise of COVID-19 and begin hiring new staff in a cautious, post-pandemic society? Remote training. Virtual conferences. E-Learning modules. Virtual reality safety training. Animated lesson plans. E-Learning video courses… You get the picture.

It was only a matter of time before we, as a society, lived through the turning point of technology, and, ladies & gentlemen, the time is now.

Why remote training will be the future of teaching employees

There are many different ways to implement remote training, such as Animation and VR. – Jordan dives into more detail on that in his post E-Learning In The Time of Coronavirus. – I am here to help guide you into the 5 benefits of digital media for business training purposes.

1 – Remote training will SAVE MONEY!

That’s right, digital training material that can be completed in an e-learning style will save companies hundreds, even thousands. You reduce fees for trainers, employee time, renting locations and gear for training, travel fees, materials are saved. Oh and don’t forget about that $1500 catering bill that you won’t need anymore… the list goes on. It’s a one time investment in the creation in exchange for years of use as employee training. Also, your employees can go back at any time when they don’t remember and just watch a quick video!

2 – Remote training will BENEFIT the lifestyle of YOUR EMPLOYEES!

Likewise, E-Learning platforms positively benefit employees just as much as the company. Every single employee has a life outside of work. They have kids, or they’re a part time student, or they have 2 beautiful cats that need ridiculous amounts of attention. E-Learning allows the flexibility needed for busy cat-petting lifestyles. Also, employees can get access to the material any time they need, which gives them a sense of flexibility and comfort, which is a HUGE morale boost!

3 – Remote training will REDUCE EMPLOYEE ANXIETY about their learning pace or learning disabilities!

Above all, no one wants to feel like the dumb kid in class. The privacy that e-learning and remote training offer is perfect for people who have learning anxiety or disabilities. Everyone can learn at their own pace, in their own way, without anyone to judge them for googling all the “big words” – Wow, I’m really calling myself out here… *pets cat intensely*- Most importantly, this provides employees with the freedom of failure and the opportunity to learn from their mistakes, not be embarrassed by them.

4 – Remote training will REDUCE your company’s ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT!

If you haven’t seen the pre-coronavirus lockdown vs lockdown photos of the air pollution across the world then you need to check it out. There is a visible and noticeable difference in the quality of air without millions of humans driving cars fueled by dead dinos. Not to mention the resources that will be saved, such as paper for printouts and information booklets and the energy needed to power the facility for training. At the end of the day, this will benefit us all. So be selfless! Do it for the earth, stay home and train remote!

5 – It’s perfectly PERSONIZABLE!

For example, Let’s say you work at a film studio. Well, you are not going to train your line of Producers the same way you train your editors, or the same way you train your set designers. On the other hand, there are skills your entire team should know how to do, such as client facing. This is where remote training can save everyone’s time. Instead of sitting through huge lectures of entire company training sessions, you only watch the modules that are relevant to your job – or your desire to learn!

Don’t stop training after initial hire!

While I still have your attention… I would like to remind you all that a wise man never stops learning. Learning new skills or polishing current skills will give employees a brush of confidence.

According to LinkedIn’s 2018 Workforce Learning Report, 95% of employees said they would stay with a company longer if that company invested in their careers.

There you go, the hard facts. 95% of employees are more faithful, happier and motivated at their job when they feel the company has invested in their career.

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The most important skills that companies should help their employees learn.
— LinkedIn Learning’s 2018 Workforce Learning Report.

And on that note…

At ECG Productions, we want to make this process easy and enjoyable for you. It’s strange changing the habits that you or your company have instilled for decades but, as I said… times are changing. And e-learning is the future of education, working, learning new skills, you friggin’ name it!

However, If you truly have no idea how to tackle the next step in transitioning to the new normal of the workforce, then I encourage you to read over Muriel’s guide for Training Employees Remotely.

Still have questions? – Your friendly, media professionals at ECG Productions are here to chat day or night about this journey of creating engaging content that draws your employees in.

Stay safe out there folks, and keep your head up because our future is bright!