Best Learning Tech in the New Normal

In this week’s blog post we talk about the best Learning Tech on the market, the top challenges in delivering training to a remote workforce, and how to overcome some of those hurdles.

With the meteoric rise in remote working due to Covid, HR teams around the world are seeing new obstacles to overcome in their employee onboarding and training. Many companies have taken on eLearning SaaS tech and digital adoption platforms to strengthen the foundations of their human resources and help solve these new onboarding challenges.

Pandemic Impact on Digital Transformation

The pandemic forced companies to alter their working approach, in line with government-enforced restrictions and public health measures to reduce the spread. The impact of this was to accelerate the uptake of digital technology, most particularly in relation to remote working.

This new working environment gave rise to a sharp increase in spending across most areas of business technology. Hardware, software, and digital infrastructure all saw increased investment as organizations had to pivot and provide the necessary equipment and solutions to enable their workforce to continue working from home.

Alongside the necessary hardware such as laptops and headsets, we saw heavy investment in communication and learning technology. This enabled teams to digitally transform, continuing to communicate as if they were still working in the same office and providing corporate eLearning for their staff, to gain new skills and develop their knowledge in the latest technology they had been presented with.

As recently reported on National Technology News, Covid-19 fast-tracked the need for digital transformation. Businesses have to successfully train and support employees in the new virtual world while ensuring people stay engaged, compliance regulations are met, and a sense of community remains intact.

What are the challenges being faced and what is the right technology to make that leap?

Learning Tech Challenges in the New Normal

Training Industry has been conducting an ongoing pulse survey to better understand the effects of the pandemic on the training industry. The research reveals that the majority of learning leaders are struggling to plan and prepare for the future of their training organizations.

Their infographic below highlights key findings from the research, pinpointing specific challenges currently facing learning leaders.

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Onboarding & Continued Learning Pre-Covid

Here are some of the Onboarding norms that we saw Pre-Covid:

  • New employees would typically receive company swag on day one and have lunch with colleagues, which creates a sense of belonging.
  • New hires would arrive on day one and have an hour or two with HR, in person.
  • The IT team would be nearby and would set up their computer.
  • The face-to-face contact ensured a personal touch.
  • The Learning Management System would send out invites with details of assigned new hire training.
  • Many businesses would schedule hours in the classroom, delivering not only onboarding training but also ongoing training and support.
  • Day-to-day the help desk would be available for inquiries and quite often, just down the corridor if you needed desk support.

Pandemic Challenges Long-Term Impact

The pandemic hit, the world shifted, and we all had to pivot. Millions of businesses had to figure out how to work remotely. There was a colossal increase in the usage of video conferencing tools, and for many of us, we thought this would only be for a few months. Reality has truly set in and who knows when, if at all, we will return to any working life that matched pre-Covid.

Help desk teams are up against the challenge of supporting remote workers, many of whom are now allowed to use personal devices. Not forgetting, many people have transitioned to using mobile devices. Documents need to be signed, yet not all staff have access to digitally signing software or a printer and scanner.

New Etiquette Rules for the Post-Pandemic Office

The first thing to know is that there are no hard-and-fast rules anymore. Yes, some companies will require you to come into the office at least once a week or maintain an office wardrobe – but those who don’t will likely see increased productivity and creativity from their employees.

So, the new rule is simple: Ask your manager what’s expected of you.

The new etiquette rules for the post-pandemic office are like the old etiquette rules, in that you should be mindful of your co-workers’ needs and preferences. If someone doesn’t want to talk on the phone, don’t call them. If someone wants to meet in person, then don’t suggest a video call instead.

We’ve found that many people are still working remotely or in hybrid arrangements, even for companies that maintain in-person office environments; this means talking over video calls instead of walking down the hallway to someone’s desk for a quick chat, for example, or being mindful about how loud you talk during meetings so as not to disturb those around you (or vice versa).

The most important thing to remember is that everyone needs their space sometimes – even in an office environment. Don’t rely too much on the technology though – if possible, make sure you have face-to-face meetings at least once every couple of weeks so that you can really connect with each other as people, rather than just as Teams messages or email threads.

And remember in a flexible working environment many companies don’t care how much time you spend in an office if you’re getting your work done. So, if working from home suits your lifestyle better than coming into the office five days a week does, then go for it! If your output remains consistent, nobody will mind how often you check-in.

Deliver Training in a Remote Landscape

For those of you who are in a training role, you know it’s not easy to convert classroom-based training to virtual sessions or eLearning.

Yet it’s crucial that the new remote offering is as good as what was offered face to face. It must be interactive, targeted, engaging, simple to use, and easy to access. It’s important we’re able to understand each learner’s needs and set out expectations.

Moving to remote learning doesn’t make it optional. A high percentage of training being offered is still mandatory. But is that how it’s perceived now that it’s online?

Best Learning Tech for the Next Normal

We all learn in different ways. We have found that many of our clients have leveraged the Learning Path functionality to support this.

By creating Learning Paths with equivalences, businesses can offer journeys dependent on the learner’s needs. Equivalences let them choose whether to attend online webinars or complete eLearning.

Just-In-Time Training for Digital Transformation

Just-In-Time solutions truly support businesses as they digitally transform how they generate and share information across the organization. With tools such as Intellek’s Create and Deliver, businesses can provide training in the flow of work.

Employees can work smarter and the concept is no longer perceived as “training”. The learning created will guide users through the process in real-time. Teaching any task in any software application without disrupting workflow is easy.

Businesses can consolidate information across the organization. Whether resources are in SharePoint, in the LMS, or on the network, you can give employees access to everything they need, right at their fingertips.

Why ours is the Best Learning Tech for Onboarding

Unlike other in-application walkthrough software, there is no integration required. Training and assessments can also be created for software accessed via a web browser. You can reduce end-user information overload and empower your people to work smarter.

If you’d like to learn more about the best Learning Tech and eLearning software solutions, schedule a call with the team, we’d love to hear from you.