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    Employee Training

    Training Employees in the Era of Hybrid Work

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    Ethan Israel
    February 24, 2023
    3 min read
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    Training employees has always been a personal process for businesses, until COVID demanded all of them to evolve at the same time. Some companies found it easy to adopt a hybrid approach while others floundered from home.

    Now, we know that hybrid work is here to stay. In fact, it’s only increasing more each year. Remote opportunities for the jobs that pay over $100,000 rose 15% from 2020 to 2021; as hybrid continues to become the new standard, companies have to adjust to training employees using mixed strategies.

    These are the biggest trends we’ve seen in hybrid work training, and why companies should embrace them.

    Increased Flexibility

    With hybrid work comes greater freedom, and employees love it. A hybrid work approach embraces WFH benefits while streamlining company goals. A mix of in-person and remote training creates more opportunity for individualized learning without compromising efficiency.

    The main reason companies prefer hybrid over full-on remote training is the engagement aspect. By incorporating some in-person elements, teams are able to connect face-to-face, and people forge deeper connections with their peers that carry over when they’re working apart.

    Greater Focus on Soft Skills

    Soft skills are more important in a hybrid work environment because they drive productivity and collaboration. These skills, marked by excellent communication and self-awareness, promote greater emotional intelligence and personal development.

    Emphasizing soft skills sets employee’s up for success as they navigate work across asynchronous schedules. While they may not always work in the same physical space, they can stay in-sync thanks to greater communication skills and decision-making abilities.

    Training soft skills is really an investment in the company as a whole; it helps each person maximize their own potential while contributing more to their team.


    Gone are the days of multi-day seminars and weekend-getaway workshops. Frankly, modern employees in the Gen Z and millennial demographic aren’t interested in listening to lectures for hours or watching drawn-out training videos.

    These generations are heavily influenced by the convenience of technology. As a result, companies training in hybrid environments are taking advantage of current trends to deliver high-value skills training in short, educational videos.

    Microlearning simplifies complex ideas into insightful, actionable takeaways. What’s more, it delivers information in a way that’s relevant to employees’ current tasks. Rather than be forced to memorize and retain large volumes of information, they are taught what they need to know now, so they can immediately put it into practice.

    Embracing microlearning ultimately helps hybrid companies upskill and reskill faster and boost productivity. Employees save time on learning, companies save money on training, and the accelerated pace doesn’t compromise the material’s value.

    Virtual Team Building

    In a hybrid work culture, connection isn’t tied to the office. Catch-ups in the break room have been replaced with Slack groups and Zoom meetings.

    Brainstorming in the boardroom is now done via email, text, instant message, and even asynchronous video chatting.

    The same practice applies to hybrid training. Remote onboarding sessions can bring new hires and existing employees together without requiring them to all be in the office at once. Ultimately, this helps people break the ice more easily, get acquainted with one another, and work together more efficiently when they’re physically sharing the same space.

    Modern employers use virtual team-building games, themed events, and activities to nurture trust and camaraderie from afar.

    Final Thoughts

    Incorporating eLearning software into your hybrid employee training makes personal development more accessible and productive for everyone.

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