Roughly three quarters of a century have passed since the five-day work week was established. Since that time, workers' rights have come a long way. We now have minimum wages, harassment laws, collective bargaining and a host of other protections, many of which are outlined in the Fair Labor Standards Act.
But, with time comes new challenges. In the 1930s, the day was over when one left the job and went home. No more business-related tasks. No email to check. No laptop to boot up. Oh, how times have changed.
As computer and mobile technology have evolved, so has the notion of the modern workplace. Conducting business remotely has become a common practice. This has also led to employees doing work at home during off hours because they did not get through everything while at the office.
Dedication is one thing, but when individuals can't afford the time to shut their brains down and relax at home, efficiency and productivity suffer. There are obvious benefits to be had through working remotely, but there has to be a separation between the workday and an employee's private life. Everyone needs time to recharge their batteries, so to speak. Mobile technology, however, is making that line increasingly blurry.
One of the easiest ways to combat individuals becoming overworked and stressed out is to provide them with effective training. The more prepared they are to perform at high levels during the typical 9-to-5 business day, the less likely it will be that they have to bring work home with them.
Online training systems offer an easy way to deliver high-quality instruction and ensure that employees are able to handle their workloads during normal business hours. This allows them to enjoy time away from the office and increases their energy and efficiency levels for the following day.
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