Updated: Aug 17, 2020
Your organization might be struggling, but there's no need to panic.
With the unfortunate situation in today's world, coupled with the uncertainties that await us in post-pandemic Learning & Development, it's time to identify and take advantage of growth opportunities.
Below are 3 ways to take advantage of eLearning development and reskill your employees for remote work.
1. Invest in Communications Technology
With the current COVID-19 situation, your employees are scattered. Some are working from home while others are connecting from vacation getaways (think of Canadian cottage country!). There's one reality that is here to stay - the workforce has become digital.
It's time to invest in communications technology if you haven't - think Slack, Zoom, and Google Hangouts Meet. There are plenty of similar companies who compete on collaborative tech, so take a look and consider one or more of the leading platforms.
From a Training & Development perspective, it's important to choose communications software that provides short tutorials, quick tips, and instructional videos. These platform trainings will give your employees a 100% digital learning experience and they will also cut down on your training costs.
2. Invest in Skills Training for Remote Work
Many L&D departments invest heavily in this broad training category - this category includes much more than the communications tech mentioned above!
There are plenty of pre-designed courses for today's situation - think off-the-shelf courses. These courses are often the cheapest and quickest way to jumpstart learning and development from home, and they often cover important topics such as mental health, diversity and inclusion, communications, and time management.
3. Hire a Freelancer
eLearning development and instructional design have a weird relationship with freelancing. While many small-medium organizations rely on freelancers for small learning projects, larger organizations build entire eLearning teams.
With the ongoing situation and a workforce that's already remote, I suggest all organizations consider freelance-work for the following reasons.
Freelancers don't need to be onboarded (at least in the traditional sense)
Freelancers already understand communications technology
Freelancers have portfolios that boast diverse learning design work
Freelancers already have a self-paced work ethic
I am James, a learning & development professional with over 5 years of international experience, working with governments, non-government organizations (NGO), and private sector clients. I strongly value and advocate for educational technology and innovative learning design. Connect with me here.