According to a survey by The Harris Poll for Glassdoor, 60% of U.S. employees feel confident that they can do their job efficiently while working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, even if the arrangements continue indefinitely.
Half of employees also say they can be equally or more productive working from home than at the office.
In this article, we offer several ideas to help human resource directors support their employees in the transition to working from home.
We also share resources for ongoing professional development that can be accessed online.
Sudden Changes Pose Challenges for HR Directors
As HR directors scramble to manage newly remote workforces due to COVID-19, learning technologies can help support their efforts and keep employees efficient and productive during the transition.
Most HR departments, even before the coronavirus, are so inundated with responsibilities that HR software is already crucial to managing their workloads.
Now, as many companies transition to remote workforces due to coronavirus, HR directors are juggling a seemingly-impossible amount of increased responsibility, including:
- Drafting remote work policies
- Understanding their obligations under FMLA, ADA, and Title VII
- Preparing for potential worker’s compensation claims
- Monitoring employee anxiety and mental health
A sudden transition to remote work would be a challenge under any circumstance. When combined with the emotions and uncertainty of a pandemic, HR challenges are heightened.
Newly remote workers may need additional time to process emotions, adjust their routines, and in many cases adapt to working with young children and excited pets in their new “offices.”
As HR directors and company employees transition to a work-from-home lifestyle, learning technologies can help ease the gap left by a rushed switch from office to home.
LinkedIn Learning Remote Working Courses for Employees
LinkedIn provides 16 video classes to help employees transition to their work-at-home environments.
Classes range from 30 - 90 minutes in length, and provide work-from-home guidance for employees on topics such as:
- Time management
- Executive presence on video calls
- Managing stress
- Leading from a distance
The classes provide a variety of tools to help learners stay organized and comprehend the materials, including:
- Class summary and objectives
- Q & A forum
- Note-taking tools
- Exercise files
LinkedIn’s remote-working classes help employees transition to their change in work environment and can ease the burden for HR directors who are too busy to conduct full training seminars.
Cornerstone Coronavirus Training For Employees
Cornerstone Learning provides free training on COVID-19 prevention, stress management, and productive remote working skills.
Cornerstone understands that the conditions surrounding workers’ transition to remote working may be stressful, and its video training focuses on supporting employees’ mental health.
Cornerstone is also launching a Remote Work Essentials program that provides a broader range of offerings for remote workers.
Professional Growth Resources
Employee growth is essential to worker satisfaction, even during a crisis. HR departments should consider the following online training resources for employees’ professional development.
Coursera provides a wide selection of university courses from institutions such as Stanford, Yale, and Johns Hopkins. Its courses include a full range of classes in specialties such as data science, computer science, business, and many more.
EdX offers over 2500 online college courses from 140 top institutions such as Harvard, Berkeley and MIT. Business & management, engineering and language are among some of edX’s areas of specialty.
Udemy provides on-demand video training courses from experts in business, IT & software, marketing, development, and more.
Treehouse offers video courses and hands-on training exercises for all types of computer programming. Online learning websites vary in complexity, pricing, and areas of interest.
Most established learning websites provide students with the opportunity to develop professionally in online settings that support communication and practical application. Professional development can help to motivate your employees and improve their productivity while working from home.
Remote Learning Supports Professional Training and Development
As more and more employees move from the office to remote working, human resource departments should consider utilizing learning technology to help ease the transition. Professional development courses can help employees continue their growth and skills training online, indefinitely.