The future of work is remote and the future is here. As more teams than ever before collaborate from within their respective homes, businesses have quickly had to adapt to an online work environment.
With that said, there are many challenges associated with managing a workforce that is exclusively working from their homes.
Thankfully, thanks to the rise of the gig economy in the recent past, businesses and even employees have at least some experience of working remotely. Unfortunately, this isn’t true for training.
Many businesses have been engaged in traditional style employee training and have little knowledge of how to deal with training for remote employees.
There are also those that haven’t yet started an employee training initiative at all. For such businesses, this is the best opportunity to invest in the professional development of their employees.
Employee training is a great way to keep your employees engaged in these times filled with uncertainty.
Moreover, with the use of elearning tools becoming almost compulsory, the playing field has been leveled for all players.
In other words, with most businesses using the same set of tools, what will make some training programs better than the others is the innovation involved, and not the training budget.
However, to make sure your small business training programs can compete with the training initiatives of your competition, you will need to choose the right tools.
In this article, we will discuss three tools that will help you create and deliver an immersive and impactful training experience to your employees.
Let us look at what these tools are:
Web Conferencing Software
A web conferencing software has multiple applications in a remote working environment. Among these, virtual instructor led training has recently garnered a lot of limelight.
Simply get a web conferencing software, ask your trainers to get in front of a camera, and your employees to sit in front of their screens for a classroom-style training session.
The best web conferencing software come loaded with features that are relevant to training scenarios such as screen casting and in-built video recording capabilities.
The best part is, many of the top web conferencing software are absolutely free to use. This means, you can probably find a free tool that you can dedicatedly use for training purposes.
ELearning Authoring Tool
An elearning authoring tool does exactly what its name suggests. With built in themes and templates, an authoring tool will help you create engaging and professional-grade training content with ease.
For small businesses, choosing a SCORM compliant authoring tool is of utmost importance. SCORM is a content standard that is widely accepted in the learning and development industry. When you have SCORM compliant training tools, you can use them in tandem, without having to struggle with converting content formats for compatibility.
With a SCORM compliant authoring tool, you will not just be able to quickly create great training material but will also be able to publish it instantly on a SCORM compliant learning management system.
Speaking of which, let us understand what a learning management system is.
Learning Management System
A learning management system is a software that is designed to publish, share, and track training material. It has two sides, one is for learning administrators that allows them to publish course content, enroll learners, and track their progress and engagement with the training content.
The other side is for the learner where an employee can log on to the platform and consume the training content.
Hence, the LMS you choose should offer an intuitive user interface that your employees and L&D team can quickly assimilate to.
Finally, make sure you choose an LMS that is also SCORM compliant so that it is compatible with your authoring tool.
This way, creating, publishing, and even updating training material will be much easier and less time consuming.
There you have it, the three tools that are critical to providing a quality training experience to employees.
Have you used them before? How was your experience? Share with us in the comment section below!