Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - 9

C.J. REED, CPTM

GUEST EDITOR

CHANGES TO IT TRAINING
TO ACQUIRE SKILLS FOR
WORKING REMOTELY
It might be hard to imagine now, but a year
ago many employees had no experience
working from home. Before the COVID-19
pandemic, many organizations had
workforces primarily accustomed to
working in office and other professional
settings on a regular basis.
Since remote work is not common in most
construction sites or offices, the information
technology (IT) training department
at McCarthy Building Companies
partnered with human resources (HR)
to create webinars and tools to support
our partners as we adjusted to this
alternative way of working. Below are
some recommendations from the series:
WORKING REMOTELY - AS AN
INDIVIDUAL
When working remotely, employees
must be deliberate in staying connected
with managers and teammates. By taking
advantage of communication tools,
employees can reach out to colleagues
for ideas and feedback as they would in
the office. You should also encourage
individuals to take breaks from work to
casually catch up with co-workers.

ON A REMOTE TEAM,
IT IS IMPORTANT TO
MAKE SURE EVERYONE
IS HEARD AND
PARTICIPATING.
The IT training department also
recommended using video tools when
appropriate in online meetings and
interactions. This helps employees interact
and communicate more transparently and

authentically, because they're able to read
facial expressions and other non-verbal
cues. Moreover, video chats are often
much quicker and efficient than an email
or instant message.
WORKING REMOTELY - AS A
MANAGER
In the remote environment, leaders
must manage results, not processes.
The IT training department identified
which collaboration and communication
tools employees can use to establish
consistent one-on-one and group checkins with managers. Managers also setup
" open room " meeting times in online
platforms for their employees to jump in
for quick questions and guidance. If an
employee joins, the manager closes the
meeting room to indicate it is occupied.
The IT training department also helped
managers use online tools to help track
employees' tasks and progress. With
this tool, managers can create tasks and
organize them into three categories: do,
doing and done. Both managers and
employees can review tasks at any time
and meet to reprioritize or reallocate.
WORKING REMOTELY - AS A TEAM
On a remote team, it is important to make
sure everyone is heard and participating.
Don't let anyone fall through the cracks,
and be patient as teammates adjust.
To avoid this, start each meeting with a
check-in - asking each member to take
a couple minutes to discuss what they
are doing, what is going well and what is
challenging. The IT training department
also identified tools within our online
meeting platforms to make meetings

more engaging and interactive - such
as polling, chats, breakout rooms and
virtual backgrounds.
You can also ensure all team members are
heard by carving out time for team building
and casual communication. Maintaining
personal working relationships and
checking in on teammates regularly is
critical to long-term success. IT training
provided quick guides on using internal
social media platforms to encourage team
cohesion and sharing. Our organization
also began to host virtual happy hours and
lunch and learns to provide skills training
and development.
WORKING REMOTELY -
SUCCESSFULLY
The sudden shift to remote work
required us to learn new online tools to
help individuals, managers and teams
in the remote environment. To avoid
redundancies, IT training departments
should identify and track which online
learning tools and features are at the
organization's disposal. By reducing
redundancies and establishing strong
strategic alignment between your
business's and employees' needs,
your IT Training department can
successfully assist and support your
remote workforce.
C.J. Reed, CPTM, serves as the IT
customer support manager for McCarthy
Building Companies, which provides
commercial construction. CJ has over 20
years of experience in the construction
industry and is responsible for leading
IT training and providing on-demand
support for the company's standard IT
systems and services. Email C.J.

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Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021

Closing the Skills Gap
Table of Contents
Changes to IT Training to Acquire Skills for Working Remotely
Upskilling and Reskilling is the Future of L&D
Embracing the Vulnerabilities Associated with Learning Something New
Cultural Competence: An Essential Skill for Cultivating Diversity and Inclusion
Adapting to the New Normal: Upskilling and Reskilling
Finding Value in Pre-assessments
Right People, Wrong Skills: Turn Talent You Have Into Talent You Need
Putting Continuous Learning Into Practice
Make 2021 the Year You Upskill Your People
How to Future-proof Your Workforce: Understanding the Past to Move Forward
Building Organizational Resilience with a Highly Skilled Learner Ecosystem
The New Learning Era: Knowledge For Growth
eNewHires: Onboarding Millennials and Generation Z
Putting Together the Development Puzzle
Closing the Skills Gap: Why Mindset Matters
Embracing a Culture of Self-Directed Learning
$3.8 Billion Acquisition Demonstrates the Value of Online Technical Training in 2021
Company News
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - Intro
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - 1
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - 2
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - CT1
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - CT2
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - Closing the Skills Gap
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - 4
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - 5
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - Table of Contents
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - 7
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - 8
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - Changes to IT Training to Acquire Skills for Working Remotely
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - 10
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - Upskilling and Reskilling is the Future of L&D
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - 12
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - Embracing the Vulnerabilities Associated with Learning Something New
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - 14
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - Cultural Competence: An Essential Skill for Cultivating Diversity and Inclusion
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - Adapting to the New Normal: Upskilling and Reskilling
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - 17
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - 18
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - 19
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - 20
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - Finding Value in Pre-assessments
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - 22
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - 23
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - Right People, Wrong Skills: Turn Talent You Have Into Talent You Need
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - 25
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - 26
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - 27
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - Putting Continuous Learning Into Practice
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Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - 30
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - 31
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - Make 2021 the Year You Upskill Your People
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Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - 34
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - 35
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - How to Future-proof Your Workforce: Understanding the Past to Move Forward
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Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - Building Organizational Resilience with a Highly Skilled Learner Ecosystem
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Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - 40
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - 41
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - The New Learning Era: Knowledge For Growth
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Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - 48
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - Putting Together the Development Puzzle
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Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - 52
Training Industry Magazine - May/June 2021 - Embracing a Culture of Self-Directed Learning
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