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Job Training Strategies For Remote Employees

The world is constantly evolving. Being on the job no longer requires you to sit at the desk of your office and work for eight hours straight. Remote jobs are gaining popularity these days because of the evolvement of technology. It’s hard to believe but the percentage of people that now work from home has increased by 159%. Now that’s huge, isn’t it? According to many experts, 50% of the workforce is expected to go remote in the year 2021.

While remote work has many advantages of its own, it also comes with some problems and challenges for employers. One of the major challenges that employers face with remote working is the training of employees.

Even though training of remote employees can be challenging for managers and employers, it is not altogether impossible. So, we have mentioned a few tips for you below on how to best train your remote employees. Keep reading to find out more about them.

Try To Understand Your Employees

Although it is difficult to understand your employees when you are not working side by side with them, you should try to understand them. It is your job as an employer and manager to understand your remote employees and how they like to work or communicate.  You can do it by conducting one-on-one conversations or through formal feedback surveys. Understanding the preferred working methods of your remote workers will help a lot in selecting a training method for them.

Find A Suitable Training Software

The next step is to find the best remote training software for your remote employees. Although there are many remote training software available in the market, the key is to choose the most suitable one for yourself and your remote employees. When you pick the right training software for your remote team, you will be able to deliver training to them that is effective, flexible, and straightforward. There are many software that even let you run a free trial as well. You can decide whether the software is suitable for you or not by availing its free trial option. 

Do Not Force Your Employees Into A Strict Training Schedule

One of the many benefits that remote working offer is that it lets the employees work at their own pace. They do not schedule their life around work. Instead, they schedule their work according to their plans. So, you should also keep it in mind while picking a training schedule for your remote employees. You need to offer them flexible training schedules. Otherwise, they will only get frustrated.

Take Your Employees’ Feedback

According to research, employees do not speak their minds most of the time. If your remote employees will not speak their minds, it will become extremely difficult for you as an employer to get an insight into your training initiatives. This is why it is extremely important to take the feedback from your remote employees. 

Remote working has been gaining popularity these days because of the many benefits it has to offer. But, the major challenge of remote working is the training of your remote employees. So, if you are also facing the same challenge, you can adopt the strategies mentioned above.

Tips for Working Remotely

Working remotely can bring many challenges, especially when you are not used to it.  Many people struggle with maintaining a healthy work life balance when working from home, because the distinctions between the working day and home life can become increasingly blurred.

For the employer it is only good news. It seems we work for far longer and far harder when we work remotely,  so although it is unlikely to negatively impact our job, the downside is that many people report increased stress levels and other mental and physical health problems when working from home. 

Tips for Working Remotely

  • Keep to regular hours. These do not have to be the same as your office hours, but if you set regular hours you will be less tempted to work for longer than usual and be able to switch off once your working day is over.
  • Set up a designated work office to avoid distractions. That way, you can be out of reach of other commitments and unlikely to start domestic chores while you are in work mode. Moving a desk into the spare room or your shed for example is a great way to separate work from home.
  • Take regular breaks. Setting a timer can help you do this and you can use the time to take a work, stretch, meditate or whatever helps your stress levels decompress.
  • Avoid distractions of texts, phone calls or social media messages.  Deal with these once you have finished your work, or you will find that your time is eaten up during the day.

As well as taking these steps to manage your workload from home, you should not neglect your workplace environment. As well as ensuring that you have the correct office furniture or at least a table and chair at the correct height, you can customise your workplace by bringing aromatherapy into your daily life in order to keep you calm and focused.

Try Aromatherapy to Relax in Your Home Office

Aura Cacia is a U.S. company that provides a range of professional grade health supplements and essential oils that are proven to reduce stress and to increase a calming atmosphere. Aura Cacia also produces an aromatherapy USB diffuser which plugs into a computer port and uses a quiet fan to diffuse essential oils. 

Essential oils are a fantastic way of creating a fresh and calming atmosphere that will help you keep your stress levels down and your productivity levels up. Choose energizing light fragrances for the working day such as cedar wood, various mint fragrances, lemongrass, or tea tree oil rather than heavier night time essential oils such as patchouli.

Aura Cacia provides a range of quality essential oils, and there is also a company called Aetos that provide a great selection too. We particularly liked eucalyptus and grapefruit, two essential oils with an energising yet calming effect.

Both these brands are compatible for use in the Aura Cacia diffuser.

Working remotely can be a great experience if you handle it correctly. And you will  find that once you have found the right fragrance for your workspace, it will not only help you remain calm and focus, it will help you to manage your work-life balance if you can smell the difference!