In today's climate, we're seeing an increase in organizations with distributed workforces, whether it's by geographic location, in the field, or at corporate and home offices. With a remote workforce, learning and development efforts don't need to change, but they do need to adapt.
Tips and Tricks for Training a Distributed Workforce:
Ensure you are communicating any changes multiple times in multiple ways. Some organizations have an intranet where messages can be posted because email messages often get buried or overlooked.
Send two or three pre-training emails before a training event. This makes people aware of what’s expected of them and why it’s important to attend (the WIIFM, or “What’s in It for Them” approach)
Make sure to provide enough lead time before each session so participants have ample time to sign-up, block their schedule and complete any pre-work before attending.
Get management involved and strongly encourage their employees to attend.
Encourage a company leader to attend to answer any business-specific questions.
If a company leader can’t attend, ensure questions are captured during the session, and a FAQ doc can be distributed after to all participants.
Make learning fun –add games, stories and other elements to keep the session an enjoyable, impactful learning experience.
A virtual facilitator can drive collaboration in putting participants into a role-based scenario just as easy via a technology platform or webinar software.
Ask participants to come prepared with questions or scenarios they would like to discuss after the session as a way to make it relevant to their roles.
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