eLearning Takes on New Significance in Lockdown
Will Covid-19 cause a permanent shift towards home working?
The Covid-19 outbreak has led to a worldwide experiment in remote working as employees across the world are forced to self-isolate. But will workers return to the office en masse once the disruption caused by the pandemic ends? Or will working from home become the new normal?
The demand for remote working has never been greater. While ‘telecommuting’ might have seemed like a pipe dream 10 years ago, since then it has been becoming a natural part of the work environment. In the UK, the number of remote workers increased by 25% in the decade from 2008 to 2018. That rate was mirrored in mainland Europe. As online team collaboration tools and cloud-based communication solutions grow, work is now something you “do,” not somewhere you go.
Despite advances in technology and steady growth in adoption, remote workers remained in a minority… until now.
The rise and rise of Microsoft Teams
Before the Coronavirus pandemic, Teams (the hub for all teamwork and communications within Office 365) was already the fastest growing app in Microsoft history, transforming the workplace at an astonishing rate. In March 2020, Microsoft said that Teams usage had grown to 44 million daily active users during the coronavirus pandemic, and in a matter of days it’s now jumped another 70 percent. During an investor call on April 29th, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed that Teams usage has increased to more than 75 million daily active users.
Nadella also provided a new statistic for Teams usage: Microsoft saw 200 million meeting participants in a single day this month.
Modern technology gives you as an employer or business owner almost limitless opportunities for productivity and efficiency gains, but much of that potential lies untapped. Developing an awareness of the capabilities of your everyday software and learning how to access little-known features can help you and your team produce better deliverables using less time.
Execution means everything in today’s marketplace. Businesses that achieve their goals satisfy their customers and set the stage for growth and prosperity. Similarly, employees that efficiently execute their tasks and other responsibilities contribute to the success of their company and increase their personal value.
- Companies that invest in training enjoy 24% higher profit margin versus companies that don’t.
- 40% of employees with poor training leave their jobs within the first year.
- 84% of employees at the best performing organisations are receiving the training they need.
- 68% of workers said training and development is the most important workplace policy.
- Companies that organise regular training for their employees have a 37% higher productivity rate.
Office 365 transcends the image of a traditional productivity suite by creating an ecosystem that incorporates all other relevant services such as Dynamics CRM and OneDrive. Add Power BI to the mix, and you have a robust collection of tools that will help you do work faster and smarter.
You probably know that you can do many fantastic things using Office 365 but have not yet learned how to maximise its potential. Organisations need to think about maximising their investment in Office 365 and they need a more effective approach to roll-out training and drive usage adoption.
E-ZU Advanced eLearning Platform – Start Your Free 60 Days
E-ZU’s comprehensive eLearning Portal provides a “self-service”, online library of over 5,000 task-based training videos and enables administrators to tailor specific learning paths for different job roles, whilst utilising gamification awards for proactive learners.
The E-ZU eLearning Platform was architected and designed as a simple online portal with indexed search capabilities for users to access up-to-date training videos that cover all aspects of Office 365 and other Microsoft products. Users can access the portal from any device and view “how-to” instructional videos to advance their skills.
Empower users with “self-Service” training videos rather than having employees take time away from work to sit through traditional classroom courses or sit in front of their computers for structured eLearning Curriculum from 1 to 2 hours, or longer, many companies are using search-enabled, self-help portals with short, task-based videos. These allow users to focus on nuggets of information as needed to perform specific tasks and solve problems as they crop up.
This model is at the heart of “self-service” learning. It focuses on the most efficient, least obtrusive way to impart knowledge, while increasing productivity at the same time.
E-ZU Solutions provides a complete online training solution to help customers drive technology adoption (up to 400% increase in Teams usage) and reduce help desk calls (by an average of 62%).
In response to the Covid-19 crisis we’re offering fully fledged access to the E-ZU Advanced eLearning Portal FREE for 60 days for up to 10 key employees. Why? We’re all in this together and we believe it’s part of our responsibility to our customers as a Microsoft CSP, in line with the morals and working culture here at E-ZU.