Remote Office: Remote Training

If the future is off-site, how do we train our management staff?

The remote office and virtual team have been thrust upon us, whether we wanted it or not. The modern world is entrenched in the digital, so thoroughly dependent on it that offices who can’t participate are starting to go out of business.

The sticking point for the modern office is that not everyone is able to use the virtual office. Some of us have been so indoctrinated into the 9-5 working day that we are having difficulty letting it go. We are waiting impatiently for things to go back to ‘normal’, blissfully unaware that things have been as they are for so long that they have replaced normal.

Which poses the question: how do we achieve professional excellence in a world where the satellite office reigns supreme? How do we make sure that remote team members are getting the help with the new tech that they need to be as productive as the technically gifted home office members of our teams?

It’s time that training went remote.

Remote Training – What is it and how do we do it?

Remote training is the same as remote working. You have employees that need to be trained but that can’t come into the office to do so. Many corporations create training videos, and these can be sent to the home computer. Quizzes, exams, and further reading can all be done online.The world of remote training is already at our fingertips. Arguably, it has never been more available to us than it is right in this moment. We are facing an education revolution.

Here in Britain, for example, where only the well-off children can attend Universities, people are finding themselves on an almost equal footing. Every course that you can do in a University is making the mass migration to the digital workspace. Every teacher, every student, everybody, are all studying online.

What does this mean? That there is a shortage of laptops, for one thing. For another, that these university courses will, for the most part, be offered as paid modules that you can take one at a time.[i] You will be able to study one module at a time, wherever you need to, and you can break a degree up over years if you want to.

Better yet: when the pandemic first broke out and we were all stuck at home, many of these course providers offered tuition for free to pass the time. Some of us came through this experience with a new diploma, skill, or hobby.

As ever, it’s not all positivity. When educated in an online world, just like when educated at college or university, you aren’t subject to the practical training elements. In the satellite office this isn’t as much of a problem as it is to say, a chef trying to learn food hygiene techniques or a teacher learning to teach crafts that benefit motor skill development.

Facilitating Remote Training for your Employees

If you need to train remote employees as part of your working role, you will have to use all the technology you have at your disposal to do so. We have listed a few of the best tools for doing so, below.

The best remote training tools for employees include:

  • A video editing software suite specifically aimed at helping you create interesting and unique corporate training videos – using templates. Try Wimeo out, it’s reputable.
  • You can create your own quizzes and mini-exams online, too. Show the video then email out the quiz and see how your employees get on.
  • Create a specific training course for your company so that you get exactly the training that you need. Hays training is quite good because it’s modular and you can put together what you need.

Of course, ensuring that your employees are taking the training courses is another matter. Running a quiz at the end should help you to identify those who understood it, and those who didn’t.

Remote Training is the Way Forward

To conclude our thoughts on remote training and remote working, both areon track for being the office and workplace of the future. With no sign of relaxation of the WFH advice soon, there seems to be no end in sight. Remote work might seem like part of our attitude of buckling under – but before we know it, it will be part of everyday life.