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144 - On-Demand: Psychological Implications of Virtual Training and Collaboration

Monday, May 10, 2021
Online
Emerging Tech

LS-DX on-demand sessions are recorded videos you can access starting at this date and time, and watch at your own convenience.

This past year, businesses were asked to either close their doors or move to remote working indefinitely. Within a matter of days, corporations were learning how to work, collaborate, and train employees, all from their homes. In the haste to quickly transition to virtual environments due to COVID, no one stopped to ask about the psychological impact of suddenly working, learning, and training remotely. As businesses turned to conference lines and zoom calls, employees became burnt out and less productive, with virtual workspaces one of the few reliefs. This new way of working quickly begged the questions—how do you foster teamwork and collaboration in a virtual environment? Is true collaboration only possible in a virtual world? And how does working remotely fulltime affect one's psyche? Dr. Alex Howland, PhD, president of VirBELA, will discuss all of this and more.

In this session, you will learn how the transition to virtual working and learning has affected the psyche of those who do it daily. Whether you are a human resource executive or an eLearning developer, we should all have at least a basic understanding of how virtual work and learning can affect the human brain. In this session, you will learn why psychological safety is so important to virtual collaboration and how you can foster that remotely within your own company. You will also learn how and why different platforms affect and augment the way that we work, collaborate, and socialize on them. Alex will discuss the hurdles that many people face when transitioning to virtual working and learning, including burnout, and how to avoid the common pitfalls. He'll discuss the benefits of working in a virtual world and the long-term effects on culture, trust, and work-life interaction. You will leave this session with a new appreciation for the human brain, and tangible tips to best prepare yourselves and your organization for long-term virtual success.‬‬

In this session, you will learn:

  • Why psychological safety is so important to collaboration and how you can foster that remotely within your own company
  • How and why different platforms affect and augment the way that we work, collaborate, and socialize on them
  • The hurdles that many people face when transitioning to virtual working and learning, including burnout
  • The long-term psychological effects of remote collaboration in a virtual world and their impact at an individual, team, and organizational level

Technology discussed:

VirBELA Virtual Campus, Zoom, Slack

Speakers
Alex Howland, President & Founder - VirBELA

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