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8 Practical skills remote employees need to develop right now

Even when working from home, employees need to continuously develop their skills and competencies. To make their work-from-home experience less overwhelming, here are a few aptitudes they should master, and these can also be included in remote skills development programs.

  1. Learning how to learn online

    Remote employees need to get used to the new learning environment. Therefore, they have to understand why remote training modules are important, how those resources will fit into their job roles, and what information can fill personal and professional gaps.

  2. Using remote learning technologies

    Whether we’re talking about the Learning Management System (LMS) they’ve been using for years, or a new virtual conferencing tool, they will appreciate having a few tutorials on how to use them. Online interaction gets easy once they get some hands-on experience.

  3. Best practices for cybersecurity

    Cyberattacks have increased since the start of the pandemic. In many cases, human error is the culprit. Considering the number of personal devices used for work, everyone must be appropriately trained in cybersecurity best practices.

  4. Managing time efficiently

    Remote employees need to keep a regular schedule, prioritize and organize tasks, and overcome procrastination. A training module on time management is useful in supporting employees who struggle in this area.

  5. Working on their own

    To avoid low performance, remote employees need to be self-motivated and task-oriented. Another skill worth having is openness to new challenges and opportunities. Be ready to avoid, identify and solve problems that may come up with working from home.

  6. Proper communication

    Communication and collaboration are the foundation of effective work. Therefore, they are vital even when working from home. With the help of online tools, such as video conferencing, remote workers pick up on visual and non-verbal cues just like before.

  7. Being empathetic

    Change is a big stress factor, and people should be given room and liberty to process things their way. Empathy is a valuable skill to have these days, and remote employees should be taught to handle all interactions with understanding and thoughtfulness.

  8. Managing the work environment

    Having a dedicated workspace and certain time slots that are blocked for work instead of leisure time are a few solutions that work well. Creating a routine takes some time, but with a few tweaks remote employees will find the best option for them.

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