Focusing on Employee Development during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Since the dawn of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected many lives. Globally it has shown, in many cases, a certain lack of preparedness for an event of this nature. A plethora of businesses lost access to many of their assets, including financial and physical holdings. However, those that did not encounter traumatic financial damages, even with limited access to their physical properties, had the privilege of keeping their employees.
Thriving without most of their previously valued assets proved the vitality of businesses having a talented workforce; hence, embracing employee development has risen tremendously in importance. Organizations have become increasingly aware that training their teams is essential. Given that, as a result of the pandemic, the new normal for work environments has become virtual working. In this environment, businesses must provide efficient learning programs for their employees through online platforms. In addition, the financial damages of the pandemic make it necessary for businesses to minimize their expenses and not go over budget. Here are three key concepts to consider that promise effective and efficient employee development when designing learning strategies in today’s world:

Ensure Team Health

Although this seems like a given, it is sometimes forgotten. This must be businesses’ main priority. The coronavirus outbreak has impacted many people and their families. Companies must assess employees’ mental and physical health to ensure maximized engagement. In order to do so, employers can distribute weekly surveys to understand employee satisfaction, discover potential strategy adjustments to maximize productivity, and help provide a strong support system to their employees.

Include the Learners

No one knows the skills people lack better than the people themselves. In the age of virtual work, this is even more true due to reduced in-person monitoring and communication. In a study of 7,000 employees from different industries, 70% believed that they did not have the necessary skills to succeed at their jobs. This shows how important it is for businesses to include employees in the discussion to decide what learning strategy to follow. By incorporating learners in the conversation, businesses can provide learning opportunities with the content and delivery methods that yield maximized impact and return on investment.

Go Beyond the Roles

This new era calls for moving beyond specific job descriptions and broadening their scope. Employees must develop skills in areas beyond their predictable daily tasks. Offering employees resources for multiple learning opportunities is tremendously important. In addition to increasing employees’ capabilities and confidence, this allows businesses to depend on their multi-skilled teams to overcome issues, especially since they can no longer walk up to someone in the event of a problem. The most valuable benefit of this is that it encourages employees’ desire for learning, and enhances their curiosity.

The COVID-19 pandemic has yielded many traumatic consequences. Although we are truly devastated by the impact, at CoreAxis we are eager to embark on a journey toward novel solutions with our clients. We have always valued the combination of maximized success and minimized costs. To that end, we provide custom learning programs that are flexible to an individual employee’s requirements and enhance that person’s unique strengths. By engaging our clients’ employees, their most valuable assets, we ensure that client’s smooth and rapid path toward achieving their goals.

About CoreAxis

CoreAxis is a business performance consulting company that offers training solutions to businesses in a variety of industries, such as financial, life sciences, retail and technology. Each of these solutions can be fully customized to meet the needs of the individual client. We build collaborative relationships, becoming a trusted resource and ensuring our clients’ organizational success.

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