Critical Remote Professional Development Skills

Hedley Lawson / Aligned Growth Partners, LLC.

Every member of your team wants to have time for developing new skills and staying current on existing skills. With the Shelter in Place order across the globe and many team members and team leaders working from home, professional development has taken a back seat and, for some, is simply off of their radar.

As we move into 2023, now is the perfect time to formalize your professional development program by providing access to a range of courses and programs on-line. Here are four professional development skills you should consider to start your program:Communication. As social distancing has forced more work communication to take place over email or video conference, this is an excellent time to assist your team in improving their non-verbal communication skills.

1. Teamwork

The rise of social distancing has meant that collaboration skills have become more important. Working with colleagues effectively and addressing team conflict is just as important over email and a video chat as it is in a conference room.

2. Project Management

When working from home, team members do not always have the benefit of other colleagues to keep on task. All colleagues now need to learn and enhance project management skills so they can ensure their work stays on time and on track.

3. Leadership

Leading colleagues is still a critical skill, even if one’s leadership is remote and largely via email. Leaders should focus on learning the skills they will now need to inspire and focus team members now and in the future.

With the growing number of video conference training programs, work with your human resources colleagues to develop a well rounded and focused professional development program that includes these four key skills.

Hedley Lawson
Board Member & Advisor | former Global Managing Partner
Aligned Growth Partners, LLC

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