PUBLISHED 10 Aug 2020
CATEGORY: COMPASS TIPS, HUMAN RESOURCES, BUSINESS TOOLS

Tips & Tools to Conduct Virtual Training & Onboarding Effectively

Tips & Tools to Conduct Virtual Training & Onboarding Effectively

The pandemic may have changed how some companies are run, but one thing is for certain – we can never stop trying to better our talents, especially in the midst of the biggest challenge the business landscape has seen yet.
 
Training and development of talents in the workplace is essential for companies to stay competitive. Traditionally, the activities heavily rely on person-to-person interaction. However, with social distancing and travel restrictions still largely in place around the world, companies have no choice but to rein in business travelling and find new ways to manage internal activities within its group.
 
Internal communication with the use of digital tools is a first step towards meeting and overcoming the challenges of today and the future. To give you an idea, here is a list of the virtual training tools that employers can have in their arsenal for both virtual training and employee onboarding purposes. 
 

Slack

Slack is a business communication platform that has been touted as one of the best tools for interoffice communication and remote onboarding. It is equipped with a vast array of features that collaboration sessions and video conferences a breeze. This tool helps to facilitate virtual teamwork and manage projects in a more effective manner, no matter if it’s a new project kickoff, budget discussion, A/B testing, reviewing sales contact, or hiring new employees.
 

Zenefits

Zenefits is one of the best HR tools available in the market that you can easily use to manage your human capital. A fully-featured HR solution, it helps to streamline the process of online onboarding. This free tool is also great for new startups that have yet to hire a dedicated HR team. It is equipped with the tools you need to start you off, including payroll management, benefits management, performance management, and more.   
 

Asana

Asana is said to have the functionalities needed to make teams more efficient and to improve internal communication methods. It can primarily help new and existing talents manage their understanding of the plans, workflow, timelines and such.

For new employees, it can make onboarding online training a breeze since you have all the tools you need to share information or communicate internally. You can keep track of projects and individual tasks assigned to remote workers. This will tell you exactly what’s been done and what other tasks are pending. It has features for meetings, tracking time, and other tools for moving training online to increase overall efficiency.  
 

Scoro

Scoro is a helpful tool to use for your organisation as it lets you run your tasks and oversee teams from anywhere. It functions as a complete online work management software that makes onboarding a lot easier. 
 
It offers an overview of your entire team so you can keep track of tasks and their progress. There is no limit to the amount of projects, tasks, and individuals that you can add to the software. In addition, you can delegate tasks based on priority, deadlines, and the person in charge of said task. It is a nifty solution for cross office communication, too.  
 

Online Training Tips

Here are a few tips for online training and online onboarding best practices that you should factor in: 

  • Use innovative and interactive instructional design in order to maximise virtual training for employees. Due to the limitations of physical interaction, the use of innovative tools will ensure that learning is not compromised even where face-to-face interaction is not possible. 

  • Choose virtual training tools wisely. Implementing new technology as part of the training does not guarantee its efficacy. The key is to choose one that fits into your organisation’s needs, as well as that of your employees.

  • Focus on problem-based scenarios for learning so that it can develop a particular set of knowledge or skill. The ability to solve a problem is one of the best skills that your employees will acquire from the training. 

  • Make it a two-way training. As with a two-way learning, there’s much you can learn from and with each other. We have long transitioned from a classroom approach to an interactive one where the trainer and trainee both learn along with new perspectives and understanding.


The Covid-19 pandemic has created a significant shift in the workplace dynamic. This shift was evident not just in the spread of remote work but also in terms of the tools used to deliver work. Internal communication tools and virtual onboarding are among the most valuable tools that businesses can possess if they want to bounce back. As you prepare for operating your business in a post-pandemic world, make sure to prepare your employees by providing them with the right training and development they need.