One of the biggest challenges for any growing company is finding the right talent. There are many reasons behind this challenge, but geography is less and less of an obstacle. With the advent of the internet and the rise of the knowledge economy, one company can employ people from different states and different countries. What matters most is the value each employee can bring to the projects they’ll be working on, not where they work. It’s like the world is in our backyard.

Remote Work Works.

Remote employees can do everything in-office employees do – maybe even more. Remote workers may even become the norm sooner rather than later, at least for businesses operating in the knowledge economy.

Many employees favor remote work because:

  • Being more in control of their time, they can achieve a better work-life balance.
  • Commuting – and the costs associated with it – becomes a thing of the past.
  • Interruptions, which are inevitable and sometimes rampant in the workplace, are fewer, shorter and easier to dismiss.

Besides the expanded recruitment pool, remote work benefits the employer as well:

  • With fewer people in the office, companies can opt for smaller offices, which means lower utility and administrative costs.
  • Remote workers can be more productive than employees in the office; they can focus better on each task and finish more tasks each day.
  • By using a remote workforce, a company can expand more quickly, because there’s no need to establish a physical office in each new location.

Remote work is not simply a perk. It’s a viable solution that can attract the best talent, make them more productive and reduce company costs. It leads to win-win situations, and it’s definitely on the rise.

E-learning Meets the Needs of a Remote Workforce.

Attracting the right talent is one challenge businesses have to surmount; keeping it is equally difficult. Considering that employees change jobs more often than ever and that they care a lot about their professional development, one thing companies can do to retain talent is to ensure targeted and continuous L&D opportunities. Here are a few ways online training (synchronous or asynchronous) meets the learning needs of remote workers:

Learners are in control over their training process. When people have agency over their learning, they are better able to remember and recall what they learn.

They can access learning materials wherever they want. Most online learning platforms only require an internet connection and a login to access content. Likewise, most company learning management systems have a responsive design, so the device remote employees use to access training materials does not matter.

They can access the latest learning materials. Making sure all training materials for online courses are always up to date is easier than ever for instructors or administrators. Since remote workers don’t have to worry about printed copies anyway, they’ll always access content that’s up to date with the latest industry or organizational standards and information.

Microlearning courses increase retention rates. Long blocks of text, just like long lectures, are never a guarantee of better information retention – on the contrary. The shorter and more concentrated the content, often, the better chances of learners’ (remote or otherwise) actually remembering and applying it on the job.

Learners have easier access to expertise. Online learning makes it easy for subject matter experts to be involved in training, even during the design phase. Their expert opinions can reach remote workers as if they were present in the same room through, for example, a video or a podcast interview with the SME. Knowledge-sharing knows no geographical barrier.

They receive immediate results and feedback. Online training technologies integrate quizzes and question banks, rubrics, and other types of assessments that can provide immediate and accurate feedback. When a remote learner answers incorrectly, they are immediately notified, so they can revisit that part of the course.

Companies always need to find viable solutions to keep employees engaged and productive. Providing continuous learning opportunities for everyone – no matter where they are located – is a good way to start. E-learning already provides the perfect platform for continuous learning, and with the constant technological advancements in online training, the world of talent will surely seem like a company’s backyard.