Engaging Employees; A Comprehensive Guide, to Virtual Training Exercises
In the aftermath of the changes caused by the COVID 19 our work environment has undergone a remarkable transformation. The traditional face to face interactions are now making way for a hybrid work style. While this shift brings flexibility and liberates us from exhausting commutes it also leaves a void in terms of human connection. However, it’s important to remember that we are not navigating this path. Individuals and organisations alike are. Evolving together amidst these changes.
Interestingly virtual workplaces offer more than productivity; they also provide opportunities for moments of fun. Camaraderie with our co-workers within the digital realm. The key to unlocking these benefits lies in establishing a framework that fosters participation while upholding professionalism. It is crucial to maintain humor and interactions with supervisors, within boundaries. So how can we achieve this? By including team building exercises into our meetings. These activities create space for employees to express themselves without disrupting the workflow.
The concept of “Virtual Learning ” also known as “e learning ” offers opportunities for employees to enhance their skills while staying connected with co-workers, in an environment. Collaborative tools like webinars and interactive programs serve as resources enabling individuals to use this invaluable learning experience.
Engaging a team in online activities may present its own set of challenges. However, there are approaches available that seamlessly integrate learning objectives with elements of fun. By including games into the training program we can sustain motivation among participants of adhering to traditional routines lets embark on an exploration of fresh and exhilarating ideas that will invigorate your teams spirit and keep them fully engaged in the learning process.
Here are some captivating virtual training activities;
Interactive Icebreakers. Building Connections from the Start;
To promote camaraderie and interaction among participants who may not be familiar, with each other begin your training session with icebreakers.
For example you can try playing the game called “Two Truths and a Lie ” where participants share three statements and the challenge is to guess which one is false.
Alternatively you can participate in the game of “Who, among us has done something “. Showcase your adventurous side.
There are icebreaker activities to choose from;
- Let your imagination run wild.
- Exciting Workshops.
- Building a Path to Collaboration.
- Revitalize your team with workshops that encourage participation in thrilling projects.
- Divide participants into groups.
- Use collaborative tools, like whiteboards and annotation features to facilitate teamwork enhancing both the learning process and communication effectiveness.
Active Engagement Gesture. A Visual Symphony of Participation;
To ensure engagement during training sessions introduce a unique gesture; Ask each participant to write “I am listening” on a piece of paper.
Select one person to hold up the sign and watch as others follow suit when they see it.
- This ingenious activity not maintains focus. Also adds an element of amusement combating any fatigue that may arise during extended periods of listening.
- To keep the team engaged and focused during the training session it’s an idea to include activities or concise reminders, between modules. This helps participants stay engrossed in the session from start to finish.
- To ensure that everyone not absorbs but also comprehends the content effectively designate someone with communication skills to deliver a comprehensive summary at the end of the training. It’s also worth considering creativity by offering incentives for the engaging summary.
At the beginning of your training session kick start with a brainstorming session that taps into each participants experiences and skills. Use collaboration tools to extract ideas from this collective knowledge pool. To amplify your insights create a PowerPoint presentation that can be shared via email or other platforms for the benefit of the team.
For an added element of fun and excitement, in your training consider including a task completion challenge where participants race against each other to complete tasks quickly. They can indicate task completion by using emoticons or specific phrases in the chat box.
Reward those who achieve their goals quickly ensuring that everyone remains motivated while allowing time, for each activity.
When it comes to workplaces it becomes crucial to understand your teams performance and satisfaction. You can gather feedback by utilising polls or conducting focus groups fostering conversations between employers and staff.
Create a work environment that values the contributions of every individual.
For virtual training sessions you might need equipment like a digital event platform with features such, as breakout rooms and customizable floor plans. Equipped with these tools and the knowledge of our eight virtual activities you’ll be ready to host engaging training sessions that not only educate but also captivate taking your training efforts to new heights.
David Alssema is a Body Language Expert and Motivational Speaker. As a performer in the personal development industry in Australia he has introduced and created new ways to inspire, motivate and develop individuals.
David Alssema started his training career with companies such as Telstra and Optus Communications, and then developed Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) within workplace training as principal of Paramount Training & Development.
As an author/media consultant on body language and professional development David has influenced workplaces across Australia. He contributes to Media such as The West Australian, ABC Radio, Australian Magazines and other Australia Media Sources.