During the current shutdown, employers have a unique opportunity to do things with their employees that they may not be able to do at other times. Instead of looking at the shutdown as a time when nothing gets done, you can use the time to prepare for a better season when the doors open again.
Employees that receive training often become better employees – which can improve attitudes – which increases production. Leaders also become better leaders, and this can make everyone happier around your workplace.
Review Your Needs
Before you choose any courses, take a little time to think about what kind of training would provide the best benefit to your workplace or tips to help while working from home. If they are working from home, you may recommend videos or courses that deal with productivity while working at home, how to work with kids at home, how to keep your computer safe from hackers, etc. You can also get some ideas from your leaders who may have some suggestions.
As you think of courses and goals, make sure that your goals are relevant to your own business and that they can be measured. Develop a way to record which employees complete the courses while at home.
If you have some leaders in your employees, or potential ones that you want to develop, now is a good time. Unless trained, leaders can become stagnant and not become better. Providing the right kind of training can help them to have more tools to work with to motivate employees, develop more leaders from within, enable them to make better decisions, and it will lead to increased employee retention.
Employees – especially millennials – like to know that they are growing in a place of employment. Without it, they may not stay long. You can provide them with instruction in time management, public speaking, decision-making, team leadership, developing a personal brand, and more.
One thing that can help employees get along better is to take diversity training. The goal is to reduce common problems among workers when you have various races and very different personalities. This situation can easily produce prejudice or discrimination. Proper instruction can help employees work together better and develop stronger teams.
Training in Marketing
If you feel that your marketing efforts are weak or that you have not developed much of an online presence, now is the time to learn. Give the responsibility to one of your employees – if someone is not already designated to this task – and provide training for them or enhance their training and look for new avenues of outreach. Remember that business will definitely be more online-focused in the future – even after the coronavirus problem is gone.
Another avenue of training could be in the area of an employee’s expertise. Computer programmers, for instance, can be provided with courses that will teach them new software or programming languages; accountants can be trained in new software programs; sales personnel can take courses to increase their sales, etc.
Provide a Review
If you provide the courses yourself, you have the opportunity to create a review. Courses are great but the content could easily be completely forgotten within a very short time. A review will help employees and others remember the information.
Where to Get the Courses You Need
Many courses are available online. You can get them at various universities (many universities offer a wide variety of free classes), leadership sites, Linked-In, various business sites, or sites that specialize in offering online courses such as Coursera, MasterClass, Udemy, etc.