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Since the pandemic, remote work environments have become the new normal. But virtual work arrangements have created challenges for onboarding, managing and training new hires.

With employees having to work from home, and companies transitioning all activities online, providing scalable, high-impact employee development opportunities for geographically dispersed teams is the latest business priority.

Thanks to technological advancement, virtual training is nothing new. Even before the pandemic, many organizations with geographically dispersed teams execute virtual training programs to save money and maximize training efficiencies. A practical and well-thought-out virtual training program is essential to setting your new employees up for success. Let's cover a few short basics and leave the good stuff in our downloadable guide.
 
Double down on technology
Make sure your organization is equipped with the right technologies to support a wide array of training activities. There are many tools and systems available that aid various training techniques. Be sure to use online platforms optimized for engaging and interactive online learning. Training should be fun!
 
Get the right trainer
Virtual training is a live online learning event led by a facilitator, so it's imperative to have the right person leading your training sessions. Your virtual training program should be designed for one-on-one meetings and group-based learning plans. Presenting, specifically in front of a live group, is an acquired skill. Your facilitator will need to be able to keep your trainees engaged while at the same time ensuring a smooth transfer of knowledge.
 
Always ask for feedback
Follow up with your trainees after they complete all sessions by initiating an online survey. Soliciting feedback will help zero in on areas that are working well or areas where improvement in training is required.

As the business world moves even more towards a remote work environment, organizations continue pivoting to virtual training programs. Consider downloading our free Guide to Training in a Virtual Environment that will help you effectively build, customize and facilitate training sessions that align with your team's learning styles for the highest possible benefit and outcome.

 

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David Aplin Group is a private family and employee owned Canadian staffing agency founded in Alberta in 1975, recognized as one of Canada's most accomplished recruiting firms. Our mission is to positively impact lives.  Blog author, Jill Kantor, is the Principal of Organizational Development based in Winnipeg.