For many people, the greatest change brought about by Covid-19 has been the disruption to their work lives. Lockdowns, quarantining and having to isolate have forced millions around the world to work from home. This has raised a vast range of issues and challenges for both employees and employers.
Organisations are still figuring out how best to support remote work and how to configure workspaces to improve employee safety. For their part, employees are struggling to find the best home-work balance and upskill themselves to be able to effectively work and collaborate remotely. These free courses will greatly assist any remote worker by enhancing their productivity, time management and organisational skills.
Time management is the skill of organizing and planning how to divide your time between activities. Having good time management enables you to work smarter – not harder – so that more can get done in less time, even when time is tight and pressures are high. Failing to manage your time damages your effectiveness and causes unnecessary stress. This course teaches you specific time management techniques that will greatly improve your overall productivity.
Remote work has its challenges and when your team is working from home, delivering high-quality projects on time can be more difficult. The freedom to work from the location of your choice and enjoy a better work-life balance are just some of the benefits of working remotely, however, productivity should not be compromised. This course on project management will teach you about planning a project, scheduling, risk management, budgets and costs, and how to correctly allocate resources to ensure objectives are reached.
Ensuring effective performance management is key to business success, and it’s even more challenging for remote or hybrid teams. However, there are some key elements of effective performance management that haven’t changed as a result of the shift to remote work. These include providing effective feedback, having regular performance conversations, and setting clearly defined goals. This course provides you with everything you need to manage your team, from the best ways to motivate them to improving their job enjoyment and satisfaction.
Good communication is essential to high productivity and maintaining strong working relationships within an organisation – and this has been particularly important since many people have chosen, or been forced, to work remotely due to the pandemic. Clear lines of communication build trust among coworkers, leading to improved productivity and morale. In addition, employees who communicate effectively with colleagues, supervisors and customers are valuable assets to an organisation.
Developing critical thinking skills in the workplace is important because it helps employees diagnose problems more effectively and identify possible logical solutions. It encourages curiosity and is a particularly valuable skills when it comes to working as a team. Teamwork can be more difficult than usual when everyone is working remotely and so problem-solving and critical thinking skills are more essential than ever.