Saying that COVID-19 fundamentally altered the business landscape is an understatement. Many companies had to completely re-envision their operations, including their training programs. Even as much of the world continues with reopening procedures, and many areas are well over the curve, the situation remains fluid. As a result, many companies want to ensure that their training initiatives can work in this new paradigm, including if a resurgence occurs.
Luckily, it is possible to adapt to the impact of COVID-19. If you are wondering how, here are some tips that can help.
Adopt a Remote-First Mindset
Yesterday’s training strategies may not be ideal in a remote-first world. In-person courses may not be practical and can even be unsafe. Since it isn’t clear whether this will change in the near future, adopting a remote-first mindset is generally a must.
Ideally, companies should shift their training into the virtual world. This can include eLearning modules, video-based instructor-led training, or similar approaches. Additionally, it makes having the right technologies essential. To facilitate learning, video recording, web conferencing, screen sharing, and online collaboration are all critical to the equation, so finding the right tech solutions is vital to your initiative’s success.
Think Simulations Over Real Hands-on
In a similar vein, replacing in-person hands-on training with a virtual alternative may be a necessity. Gathering people together comes with risk, even if social distancing guidelines are followed, and personal protective equipment (PPE) is worn.
Luckily, simulations can offer a similar experience remotely. Learners can make the same kinds of decisions and put their new knowledge to use, all while reducing the overall amount of risk.
When it comes to safety training, specifically, many companies are having to update their coursework to address COVID-19. Businesses have to discuss new standard procedures that were put in place to reduce the spread of the virus and protect their workforce. Otherwise, employees may not know what to do or how to act in various scenarios.
At times, this means adjusting a larger safety class. However, for companies that use microlearning, it could simply mean developing COVID-19 specific modules that can be added to the coursework schedule or even deployed as an emergency add-on to an entire workforce.
Do You Need L&D Talent Who Can Update Your Training in Response to COVID-19?
Updating your training to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the world may seem like a daunting task, but it is manageable with the right L&D staff by your side. If you need help from learning experts to cultivate that team, Clarity Consultants is here to assist.
With more than 25 years of experience, we have the L&D expertise you need to revamp your training initiatives based on the new normal. Plus, by choosing to partner with us, you’re gaining access to candidate search allies who can make locating the L&D talent you need as easy as possible.
If you need L&D professionals who can ensure your training works in the post-COVID-19 landscape, the team at Clarity Consultants can help. Contact us today.