With restrictions to face-to-face interaction, virtual training exploded during 2020. Even now that we’re allowed back in our offices, we’re still seeing a significant number of clients who want to organise virtual training programs to help their employees grow.
So now that we have the choice, what is better? The answer: it depends on your needs.
Online delivery has been proven to be on par with face-to-face in terms of information retention and outcomes, so there’s no issue there. For some organisations, traditional face-to-face courses are perfectly suitable. For others, virtual training courses may just be more convenient.
Not sure whether you want to go with a face-to-face instructor or opt for online course delivery? Here are three benefits to consider when it comes to virtual courses.
A better fit for new work paradigms
More and more, we’re seeing organisations adopt flexible working arrangements. This means that your staff may not always be in one convenient place, making it hard to arrange for in-person training for your entire team.
According to a recent study, three out of four Australian workers would prefer a mix of remote working and working at the office, with 16% stating that they’d like to go fully remote. As we’ve seen during COVID-19, many jobs can in fact be performed outside the office, meaning that we’re likely to see organisations adopt more flexible work arrangements in the future.
Many organisations have their people working in different regions, states or even overseas. Virtual training programs are the perfect and affordable way to train everyone – without the hassle of travel, the logistics and obviously the expenses.
So how can you train your staff when you can’t get them all in one room at the same time? With virtual training, you can ensure that everyone is involved and gets the support they need.
This also fosters a stronger relationship between your employees — both the ones in the office and wherever else they may be. With everyone on the same page in terms of content and connecting through group discussions, you’ll be able to make sure that everyone feels like they are part of the team.
Cut travel costs
Virtual training courses are often more affordable than having an instructor come out to deliver a course face-to-face. By opting for online delivery, you can cut travel costs for both the course facilitator (which is reflected in the pricing) and for participants too.
Not to mention the other costs that virtual training cuts: the time it takes to travel and the amount of CO2 emissions.
Virtual training allows for more flexibility and freedom in terms of slotting training into employees’ schedules.
Training can also be adapted; rather than having a trainer come out to the workplace and deliver a workshop all in one burst or over a couple of days, online delivery allows providers to engage participants in shorter sessions at the time and place of their choosing. Not only is this easier to fit into a workday, but it also ensures that your employees don’t experience information overload.
As virtual training can be completed while working from home, this is ideal in terms of convenience for both employees and the organisation itself.
Want to find out more about virtual workshops for your employees? Get in touch with our team today!