Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak followed by the lockdown, organizations are finding it challenging to maintain their regular business operations. As a lot of efforts have been made to move operations and communication online, most organizations seem to sideline the importance of leadership or employee development during the outbreak.
To move the business forward and achieve bottomline in current situation, good leadership is necessary now more than ever. Organizations need to pivot leadership and talent development and not pause it. Large and medium-sized organizations are assessing the overall impact of the outbreak on their workforce and are taking measures to maintain their learning continuity as far as possible.
As almost all nations around the globe have implemented heavy restraining measures, here are some measure to consider as you prepare to better your learning and development programs:
Move your workforce and leaders to an online collaboration platform that allows them to continually engage with one another. An online integrated learning experience platform allows your workforce to continue their professional development while connecting and learning with peers without commuting. While you switch to virtual learning platforms you need to make sure that concerned employees can access the platform with their regular smart devices and are aware of the timelines to meaningfully connect with virtual mentors.
Curate experiences that focus on emotional quotients
Physical isolation with teammates, friends, and society as a whole can take a toll on the emotional wellbeing of socially active people. This makes the emotional stability of people who impact your business more important than ever.
To avoid any unexpected emotional breakdown of employees you need to curate experiences that respond to their feedback, show empathy, and action upon the personal and practical needs of each learner. Enterprises have been curating experiences to teach these skills for current learners and even as a refresher to former learners. Usually, these courses are broken into micro-courses, group activities to simulate good practices, 1-on-1 virtual sessions to address individual issues, and help learners buckle up.
Uninterrupted skill development to support workforce learning agility
The style of leading teams virtually has to change as more and more business shifts to have their workforce work from home. Remote working is not new to the business world, but leaders often struggle to coordinate virtual meetings and training for out-stationed employees. And when the entire workforce is working from home, scaling this can be a bigger issue. Here are a few industry stats to prove the point.
- 33% of conference calls are wasted by distractions and disruptions.
- 87% of Millennials say that professional development and career growth are significant to them.
- Companies with engaged employees outperform those without by up to 202%
- 74% of employees feel that they weren’t achieving their full potential at work due to lack of development opportunities
So, to keep things running smoothly, businesses need to provide secure and easy access to reliable learning environments to avoid waste of time and productivity. One easy and scalable way to ensure the productivity of the workforce is to let them practice virtual practice labs and schedule virtual mentors on-demand to take questions just in time.
Exploring modern L&D opportunities
The impact of the crisis on different business units has been vastly different. Some of them have gone busier than ever, while others might have been grated. In situations where workstreams are stopped, impacted employees should be provided complimentary access to learning resources and take advantage of development opportunities that may have otherwise stopped.
While the current situation is expected to continue and the status remains unclear, a developing workforce seems to be the best way to help your organization and keep with the technology disruption. Not only that, but employees are also expected to come out stronger and prepared on the other side of the crisis.
As businesses take steps to accommodate the disease outbreak, most of them will continue letting their employees work from home thus making the situation more challenging. Businesses should start with understanding the impact the outbreak can have on their workforce and best prepare for learning and development challenges that may arise. To help organizations and the community minimize the impact on talent development, IIHT is offering free access to our content library of 3000+ technology courses for the IT-aligned workforce. We hope that more and more businesses are benefited from this initiative and maintain the effectiveness and their team performance without hassles.