Learning & Development

The Importance of Training Your Employees How to Work Remotely

Research shows that remote work is becoming more popular on a global scale and that it’s beneficial for both workers and companies. However, there are a few downsides to working remotely, as well. And your organization will need to address them via training and development initiatives if it wants to retain productive and happy remote workers.

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Here’s why you’ll want to train your employees how to work remotely.

Distractions

Some remote employees might end up working in their kitchens or living rooms while their children are playing and the television is on; and the dog is barking at the delivery person; and the phone is ringing, etc. Or they might work in crowded coffee shops or noisy cafes that offer a lot of distractions, or they continually waste time scanning the Internet.
Basically, some employees might require some additional guidance regarding how they can block out distractions when they work remotely so that they can focus on their work, especially if they are new to this working arrangement. Because if they continue to get distracted, they might end up being less productive and more stressed than if they were to come into the office every day.

Technology

Working remotely usually requires access to more technology and newer technology, such as virtual meeting software, enhanced communication platforms, virtual desks, etc. And some employees might be more comfortable learning how to use such technology on their own, while others may not.
So, you’ll want to make sure every remote employee knows how to use the technology he or she is required to use before he or she begins this working arrangement. If not, employees might end up wasting a lot of time struggling to join meetings or being unable to send critical project updates, etc.

Time Management

Some workers will be better at managing their time than others when they work remotely. So, before your employees start, offer them training in time management. Then they will be better at keeping set working hours each week, completing important tasks and projects on time, prioritizing different work tasks, etc.

Communications

Before your employees start working remotely, make sure they know how to stay connected to their teams and coworkers, that their managers know when and how to check in with them, and that they have all the communication tools they need.
Otherwise, they might end up feeling isolated from their organization and teams and could wind up being less productive and less happy with their jobs.

Engagement

Offer remote workers incentives for working on collaborative projects or for participating in social learning. And encourage them to stay engaged with their teams and departments via L&D programs or training initiatives, even if they work remotely most of the time.
This is an important tip because if your remote workers aren’t continually learning or identifying a connection to their career development and everyday work tasks or team projects, they will become disengaged.
As you explore the nuances of remote work at your organization, don’t forget why you’ll want to train your employees how to be more productive and happier remote workers, as outlined above.