With the entire world moving online, virtual or remote training has become an integral part of the “New Normal”. Businesses have adopted various virtual training models to organize online events. However, this sudden change has created a stir among many employees who are struggling with online training.
A pertinent question that arises here is, whether virtual training is as effective as in-person training. A close look at the benefits and drawbacks of virtual training would help us find out the answer.
Virtual training is more affordable than traditional training. It doesn’t require any in-person facilitator and reduces the overall training costs as well. Through remote training, businesses can cut on their organizational costs too. Also, more participants can attend virtual training. This means a reduced per-participant-rate.
Better for skill application:
Virtual training can be easily incorporated into working days. So, participants get more time to apply their learned skills and get work done. This immediate application of the skills is important for the attendees and also favorable for the company.
Remote training is flexible. Participants can access information online and complete their training at their pace. Virtual training gives more scope to digest information. If someone is not able to attend a session, he or she can easily access the platform and get back to it later.
Virtual training works great for businesses situated at multiple locations with many off-site employees. Anyone with a laptop or a desktop and an internet connection can join the online training sessions. Remote training offers a more accessible environment where everyone’s opinion is valued and respected.
In a typical workplace setting, trainers and leaders employ different techniques to secure the attention of the trainees. Training sessions are normally held in enclosed and soundproof spaces. In the case of remote training sessions, employers might not always have quiet and peaceful surroundings to work with the fullest concentration.
The lack of face to face supervision is a pain point for virtual training. It might also lead some students to lose attention during the session. Some trainers worry that the learners might not be able to learn effectively without the presence of an over-the-shoulder supervisor.
Remote training often leads to the feeling of being isolated. When employees miss the social interactions at their workplaces, they start feeling frustrated and their productivity gets hampered too. Online training sessions can ensure effective participation but they make people isolated and socially anxious.
Online sessions often get interrupted due to technical glitches. From low bandwidth to platform related issues, unstable internet to software related problems, multiple reasons can make an ongoing virtual training session go haywire. Such technical challenges are also possible in offline sessions. But, there are better chances of getting them sorted out.
A healthy combination of virtual and in-person training would be most effective. Companies need to make the most of the union between online and offline training to reap the benefits of both worlds.