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Training Remote Employees: What Does It Entail?

Training Remote Employees What Does It Entail

If you outsource tasks to independent contractors, they would usually work remotely to get the task done. Remote working is also becoming fashionable in recent times. These days, companies allow their employees to alternate remote working with working conventionally in the office.

Indeed, remote working provides juicy benefits to companies and businesses. Those benefits include cutting back overhead costs and increased sources of talents. Keep reading to learn the best way to train remote employees.

Tip #1: Gather Them in a Conventional Office

If possible, you should bring your remote workers together in a conventional office for the training. Sometimes this may not be possible because of the locations of these workers. But, if most of them live close by, physical training is a highly effective approach.

Tip #2: Adopt Conference Calls Strategy

Setting up a conference call can also be an effective way to train remote workers, especially when the person or persons are located far away. In fact, a remote employee may be located in an offshore destination.  In this case, setting up video conferences or using phone calls can be great way to train an employee one-on-one. It’s also an effective way to make essential details of the job clearer. You should chat with the employee on a weekly basis to monitor the result of the training.

If your remote workers are carrying out marketing task for your business or involved in strategy mapping, video conference calls are more suitable training approach. It enables you to freely talk about ideas and plans with the workers.

However, you should consider time zone factor, so that you can choose a convenient time for both parties if you are in different countries. Zoom, Slack, and Skype are great video conferencing software to choose from.

Tip #3: Adopt Instant Messaging Tools

The instant messaging tools allow for quick chats to answer questions and resolve issues. Instant messaging can be a great tool when a company requires collaboration, or if the employees need to embark on frequent communication. In this case, employees can communicate and talk in real time.

So, in the course of training, remote hires can get across to you in real time via the instant messaging platform. They will also receive answers in real time. This tool is also helpful when you need to give them feedback on a project.  Again, you can choose from great services (also free) such as Google+ Hangouts, Skype, Slack and Spark. However, you need to know when this tool is most suitable and when it is not.

Finally, you should consider using emails when the remote worker lives in a different country and operates a different time zone. It may be more effective to send links, training materials, notes and attachments via emails.

Daven Michaels is a New York Times Best Selling Author and CEO of premiere global outsourcing company, 123Employee. The company employs hundreds of young bright individuals on three continents. His International event, Beyond Marketing Live! Inspires entrepreneurs to build & grow their business with revolutionary new theories and systems allowing them to design the business and personal lifestyle of their dreams.

2 Responses to “Training Remote Employees: What Does It Entail?”

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