Don’t Let Learning Fall Behind – Creative Ideas for Budget-Tight Virtual Teams
April 15, 2020
We know many of you are new to this whole remote work thing. Response to the coronavirus has pushed thousands of people out of the office to newly formed home offices with the hope of working a normal workday.
One negative result of this massive shift – in addition to social distancing, of course – is the loss of learning and development budgets. Webinars and live online learning are one great way to achieve your learning goals, but there are some budget-friendly options.
What better way to cope with our current pandemic than to learn from past highly-disruptive world events? And also benefit from some collaborative learning with your team?
Try this: Have each team member do some research to see how your industry (healthcare, education, finance, etc.) or job function (HR, Sales, Communications, Operations, etc.) managed during a major world event – maybe it was 9/11, the financial/housing crisis of 2008, a natural disaster or past health crisis. Then come together to share your findings. Ask these questions – or some of your own – to learn from each other:
- What lessons can we learn from the event?
- How did businesses survive? What were the factors that determined a company’s success or failure?
- What did you learn that you can incorporate into your new reality?
- What were the factors that drove recovery?
- What were the trends that you and your team should be paying attention to today?
- Is there a technology or a process that could benefit your team now? Can you learn it together now?
You don’t have to leave learning behind during this time. Empower your team to collaborate and teach each other something valuable. If you need some support in guiding your team learning, we’re happy to help!