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Tips & Tricks for Training a Distributed Workforce - Ardent

3/31/20 1:29 PM

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:

Communication:

  • 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.

Collaboration

  • 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.

 

Engagement

  • 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. 

 

If you're looking for assistance with implementing a eLearning for your organization, let us know! Ardent has been in the Learning & Development industry for nearly three decades and have implemented countless eLearning solutions. 

 

Click here to contact Megan, our Vice President of Business Development for complimentary consulting hours for a custom learning solution.  

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