How Working From Home Can Impact Learning And Training Rates

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Working from home has been a growing trend for years, but the current Coronavirus pandemic has seen millions of workers set up office at home. Companies across all industries are struggling to continue their usual operations amid the UK lockdown, and that includes staff training and learning. Many individuals are getting used to their new working from home routines and trying to find ways to stay productive and efficient in their new working environments. For some, productivity is booming, and the freedom of remote working has only enhanced their workload. Conversely, others are struggling to remain motivated and stay focused while working from home. Thousands of workers will be taking part in learning and training alongside their usual day to day roles. This could be through personal development or employers looking to upskill their workforce. These learners will be used to juggling their training and education and alongside work commitments. But, how is that changed when working from home? The sudden change in environment and routine for the entire UK workforce has inevitably had an impact on learning and training rates, and we’re looking into what this impact has been.

More Time For Training

With many workers no longer spending time on their daily commute, they have more hours in the day to focus on other commitments. On top of this, there are thousands of employees currently furloughed from work with a lot of free time on their hands. Many individuals are choosing to stay busy during the global pandemic by focusing on improving their skillset. Training and additional learning are excellent ways to spend this extra time. Not only does ongoing learning encourage positive thinking and keep the brain active, but it can enhance career prospects for the future. Some employers are choosing to invest their efforts into upskilling their workforce, with furloughed workers being allowed to spend time on training activities. While being forced to spend time away from the office, employees can still hone their skills and learn new technologies from the comfort of their home. On the other hand, some individuals are taking this time out to learn entirely new skills and set themselves up for a future career change. Having so much spare time has seen people all across the globe learn new things, hone their skills and add to their learning.

Virtual Learning

It isn’t just working from home that has increased in popularity but learning from home too. Even before the Coronavirus pandemic closed down institutions and prevented classroom training, more and more people were choosing virtual learning options. Digital innovation has resulted in lots of new online learning tools, with everything from video courses and interactive games to virtual classrooms and online tutors. This increased flexibility means that training has never been so accessible, and a huge range of subjects and courses are available. Not only is virtual learning great because it can be accessed from anywhere, but it can be completed at a time and pace to suit learners. Everyone has a different learning style, and virtual learning accommodates this easily. Some people might want to spend some time training before logging on to work from home, while others might prefer to buckle down at the weekends. Distance learning methods means that training materials are available all day every day, and so they can be done around any schedule. Some people worry that with virtual learning, there is a lack of communication and social discussion because everyone is training individually. With virtual classroom courses, this isn’t the case. Trainees can attend an online classroom and have the same interactions and discussion with tutors and others as they would in a face to face setting. The rise of video conferencing and chat has meant that this gap between online learning and social interaction has been closed.

Lacking Skillsets

Working from home means that individuals have to manage a lot more independently than in an office. If an employee finds themselves confused or unsure of a process or information, there is no one to turn to and ask. For many homeworkers, this has been a stark realisation that they have gaps in their skillset. It can make it very clear what areas need training and which skills are lacking. On top of this, individuals often spend more time researching and looking into their industries and so come across new, upcoming technologies. Many industries are fast-paced and always have something new and innovative around the corner. In order to stay ahead of the game, workers must be trained and proficient in these new trends quickly.

Make Time For Training

Here at TSG Training, we understand the importance of ongoing training alongside working from home. We offer a huge range of courses which are available online and through virtual learning methods. Our courses cover everything from Agile and DevOps to Artificial Intelligence and Business Analysis. We aim to offer effective and powerful training courses that can be completed while working from home and around other commitments. Some of our most popular courses include;
  • BSC Foundation Certificate In Agile: This course results in a foundation certificate in Agile practices and has been designed to ensure that candidates have suitable knowledge of all core concepts. It is relevant for anyone who requires a solid understanding of Agile, and also organisational managers and leaders that want to get to grips with the value of Agile practices.
  • BSC Essentials In Artificial Intelligence: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a rising trend in many industries, and this course covers basic knowledge and understanding of the general principles and terminology. It is designed for anyone with an interest in using AI as part of an organisation and also managers who are responsible for running teams to create AI applications and services.
On top of our range of online courses, TSG Training also offers free webinars to cover many different subjects. These webinars are great for getting a taster of a subject before deciding if the course is a good fit. On 4th June is our ITIL® 4 – Foundation Webinar which will help businesses to navigate new and upcoming technologies.

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