Train Employees on the Proper Tools
The first order of business must be teaching workers how to use tools properly, and that includes hardware. For collaboration tech, for example, it is important to have high-quality video and audio equipment to ensure an optimal meeting experience. It's important that employees get comfortable, noise-canceling headsets so they are able to hear their coworkers clearly and contribute their own ideas without background noise.
Quality webcams are also key to limiting distractions. There are many 4K webcams available that are superior to the 720p or 1080p cameras often built into computers. Employees need to feel comfortable using this kind of hardware to get the most out of applications like Cisco Webex and Microsoft Teams.
Employees must also be trained in supporting this collaboration tech, particularly since workers are physically distanced from IT teams. Workers need to be able to troubleshoot problems on their own, as it may take longer to enlist assistance from the help desk or to contact other resources. It is important that they are trained in supporting themselves with both the hardware and applications that they are using.
What Small Businesses Should Look for in a Training Program
The education shouldn’t end once the initial training is completed. Business applications have been introducing new features rapidly, with some implementing as many as four or five per week. With the rate of change so accelerated, small businesses must continue to facilitate some kind of training to be able to maintain optimal productivity.
When developing a training program, the first priority should be to identify which processes are most important to the business. Does the organization need to meet frequently? How sensitive are these meetings? How often do employees need to be able to collaborate on documents or other applications? Answering these questions will help identify which areas require the most training.
Once that is done, getting on a regular training schedule is helpful. It may not be reasonable to have a weekly companywide training at every organization, but getting on a quarterly schedule or meeting even twice a year can pay dividends. Businesses can also hold ad hoc training sessions for specific features or tools that can’t wait until the next training session.
Digital transformation has accelerated dramatically during remote work, and it’s crucial that small businesses keep up. IT teams aren’t the only employees who should be trained on these new solutions. Keeping the entire workforce up to speed can help build organizational resilience for the future of work.