In our last post, we addressed how health plans are being driven to incorporate e-Learning as a feature of ongoing training programs. As staff members are increasingly scattered across the globe, such curricula have become a critical tool for ensuring health plan sales teams, channel resellers and other partners have the most current information.
But there are challenges. So, if you’re considering or developing an e-Learning program for your health plan staff, here are a few tips to consider:
- Be choosy – Hire staff that not only fit the bill for a given job, but also demonstrate an ability to effectively work independently. Not everyone can.
- Adapt to the employee – It’s best to let the remote workers drive their schedule and routine. They are typically in the best position to make that call and will feel invested.
- Provide the right tools – Tools like email, smart phones, Internet, private networks, shared docs and software as a service (SaaS) applications are even more pivotal for remote workers, and they must be ready on day one.
- Start face to face – Success is so often about relationships, and those are best established in a face-to-face setting. First bring your far-flung staff together to build a sense of belonging and set expectations.
- Conduct training – If people are trained to use it, supporting technology can provide myriad benefits. From simultaneous chat to Skype to instant messaging tools like Yammer, these tools can help keep the team connected, engaged, and productive.
The move to a greater reliance on remote workers is under way across industries. As health plans adapt, keeping these key recommendations in mind will help smooth the transition and promote more effective e-Learning.
Till next time,
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