Original article was published by ODSC – Open Data Science on Artificial Intelligence on Medium
Is Virtual Team Training Right For You?
Keeping your team up-to-date with the latest advances in data science and AI is essential to ensuring that your business remains competitive in a rapidly changing industry. Virtual team training is an excellent tool for making sure that your group doesn’t fall behind the curve. It also offers several other benefits to both the company as a whole and team members individually.
Reduce the amount of time your team is short-staffed.
Instead of having a portion of the team out for several days spread out over a longer period of time, which could create productivity reducing blockers, by sending the entire team you reduce the impact on your workflow. Although all projects will be paused for a few days, the disruption is contained to that specific time period and does not impact productivity for an extended and less predictable amount of time. Additionally, with the knowledge that their projects are on hold, your employees will be able to give their full focus to the training and fully commit to learning as much as possible while there.
Reduce costs by eliminating travel, accommodation, and personal expenses.
Given its virtual nature, Virtual Team Training can be accessed at home or in the office, thereby eliminating the travel, accommodation, and personal expenses that would usually be incurred by sending your team to training. These additional savings will enable your company to send more of, if not all, team members to participate in the training sessions, rather than just a select few.
Encourage alignment in your team.
With your entire team attending the same training courses at the same time, it is easy for them to stay aligned in the strategies and methods for achieving business goals when they return to work. Additionally, by attending the same training sessions, team members have a common starting point for their brainstorming and planning discussions, improving understanding and efficiency.
Collectively experience more of the team training program.
In addition to the training sessions they attend together, each team member can attend sessions individually. By dividing up the training in this way, collectively, your team can experience more of what the team training program has to offer. And, by sharing their experiences and insights with the rest of the team on their return, all members can learn more than they would have individually.
On-demand access to content.
A virtual team training program also makes it easy to revisit subjects to gain additional knowledge or refresh one’s understanding. On-demand access to content also means your team members will be able to access information right when they need it improving efficiency and productivity.
Improve employee morale, engagement, and creativity.
Enabling your team members to gain new knowledge, explore new ideas, and try out new skills will help keep their morale high and their motivation to continually improve and experiment high.
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Start your team training journey today
If you are interested in pursuing a virtual team training program for your team, check out ODSC Europe 2020, ODSC West 2020, or AI+ Training. In addition to the benefits mentioned above, ODSC’s team training program:
- Offers learning paths in core data science topics, such as machine learning, NLP, deep learning, data visualization, and more, allowing each team member to explore their own interests and target specific knowledge gaps
- Provides continuous upskilling with real-world, hands-on exercises through AI+ Training
- Attracts experienced instructors and speakers who are experts in their fields
- Offers ways to measure learning outcomes with assessments and certification