For many industries, the workplace has changed a lot over the years. Working remotely is much more common in today's world of cloud services, tablet computers and smartphones than it was just five years ago. There's also a burgeoning bring-your-own-device trend in companies nationwide, where employees are using tools of their choosing to do most of their work, whether in the office or at home.
While there are distinct advantages under this new paradigm – like having access to work files from any location via the cloud – there are some additional factors for employers to consider. For starters, there may be less direct management supervision of employees. In and of itself, this is not an entirely bad thing, though there are pitfalls to watch out for. For example, team members may lose sight of certain company objectives or fall into the bad habit of taking shortcuts when completing tasks with reduced oversight.
Another issue to look out for is a breakdown in communication. With people working out of different locations and operating on varying schedules, there exists the potential for salient details to slip through the cracks.
"Though communication is imperative for any project to be completed, it is of paramount importance when you have a decentralized team," wrote Michael A. Olguin in an article for Inc. "When regular communication is lacking, there is a high likelihood that problems will surface and ultimately impede the effectiveness of the project."
For companies that embrace the work-from-home and bring-your-own-device models, Web-based training fits in perfectly. Employees can complete these exercises using any internet-connected device from any location. Employers are also afforded the benefit of being able to guide and track the progress of their staff through a training management system, and hopefully avoid those costly communication breakdowns.
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