How to Engage an Entire Organisation Through Personalized Remote Learning

In the current global situation, with teams interacting remotely, and regular routines disrupted, engaging, inspiring and up-skilling your employees can require a new approach.

One way to create a collective focus and maintain motivation when apart is through adaptive learning online.

E-learning has been increasingly useful in a globalized world, where organizations operate across borders and time zones, and coordinating face-to-face teaching is impractical.

In this current situation, with the majority of workers out of office and unsettled, online learning is more important that ever as a way to unite teams and expand their skillset, when ‘in person’ learning is impossible.

McKinsey & Co. have observed that, ‘roughly one-half of in-person programs through June 30, 2020, have been postponed or cancelled in North America; in parts of Asia and Europe, the figure is closer to 100 percent.’ However, they argue: ‘Managers can’t push the pause button on capability building, so the moment belongs to virtual learning.’

For the past few years, Above & Beyond Group has been utilising our knowledge of diversity and inclusion (D&I) solutions and executive education to create online tools that can effectively onboard the entire organisation to the importance of an inclusive and respectful work-culture.

In partnership with Area9 Lyceum, these online tools use AI to facilitate behavioural change, and match individual learner needs. This results in an individually ‘one-to-one’ adapted course, that can be implemented across an entire organisation.

By focussing on human-orientated corporate values in this time of physical detachment, we can remind employees of their key role within their team, and the inclusive and sustainable practises that are essential, no matter whether you are working remotely or in an office.

Ulrik Juul Christensen, CEO of Area9 Lyceum, stated in a recent article: ‘For business leaders navigating these times, value-based principles must guide communication and interactions in the remote workplace. The values defined by TRICK (trust, respect, independence, collaboration, and kindness) serve as a proven guide to encourage the behaviors that can help everyone be successful through crisis and beyond.’

The first course, ‘Inclusive Culture and Unconscious Bias’, has been tailormade to onboard an entire organisation to the business case of D&I, while also teaching participants how they can take accountability for managing bias and contribute to a positive work environment.

The second course, ‘Respect in the Workplace’, outlines how D&I depends on a foundation of respect, where all employees can bring their whole selves to work. Participants learn how to contribute to a respectful work culture, and how to recognise and prevent harassment.

By utilising adaptive learning technology, during these challenging times, organisations can evolve together – in spite of being apart – and thereby ensure that when normalcy returns, everyone has an increased understanding of inclusive values, unconscious bias and why also respect is essential to have a diverse and successful workplace.

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