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Learning on the Go!

Up-skilling our people is often a very time consuming and somewhat costly endeavour. We know we have to, if we want a knowledgable workforce, but you find it hard to justify the downtime of your workforce on top of the investment in developing the training.

For many years I worked as an L&D consultant and project manager, devising and implementing solutions with the intent on keeping existing employees on the top of their game and up to date on current changes. Often I would work with a business unit as they had ideas of grandeur, requesting the training to be more of an event with the purpose of engaging the learner. The punchline….
In most cases the learner would have just liked a quick update in some easily consumable form.

This is where podcasts can be a massive help. Given their on demand and easily accessible nature, if you don’t have mission critical visuals or an absolute need for hands on interaction (think systems training), then why cant you get the update across via one or a brief series of podcasts backed up up by updated process guides?

Not only will you save your employees time and reduce down time, but your development costs for training can be greatly reduced and the content can be reused repeatedly reducing costs for deployment. Why not give your employees the flexibility to learn when it suits them. Maybe on their commute, over a coffee or between daily tasks. Learning should happen when and where it suits the learner.

Admittedly, podcasts can’t be a substitute for all training delivery, but understanding your training needs and the needs of your learner will help solidify your approach. Your producer should also be able to advise you accordingly as to if the decision to use podcasts is a worthwhile one.

So why not give podcasts a go to keep your employees informed and up to date? You’ve really got nothing to lose and only time to gain.

Small Business Infrastructure Checklist
  • Office
  • Furniture
  • Phones
  • Printers
  • Fax Machine
  • Server
  • Computers
  • Stationary
  • Kitchen Supplies
  • Software
  • Internet

Whoah, have I missed anything?  Hmm...

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It was not too long ago I would say that the above list is the bare minimum to set up an office for your average SMB.  Times have changed and so has technology and I put it to you that in reality most SMBs could startup with a few mobile phones and laptops.

How?

Simply put, cloud computing.  You see, most of the software programs and applications SMBs require in order to do business have been moved to the cloud (click here to read about ‘the cloud’) and the need for expensive Servers has gone the way of the dodo.  Now with a solid internet connection you can use a laptop, or in some cases a mobile device, to connect and carry on operating from anywhere in the world.

What about phones, faxes and printers?

Phones are still a necessity, but the need for fixed infrastructure has been removed and there are a wide variety of options out there. 

Faxes are a dying technology.  With the introduction of email the need to send faxes is extremely minimal and where whole documents need to be printed and faxed, well scan and email works just as well if not better.  Besides what is it you need to fax or scan and email?  A signed or annotated document?  Most PDF or word editing packages will enable this functionality digitally.

Printers are still needed in some situations but the need for huge commercial offerings for most SMBs is so minimal outsourcing is often more cost effective.  Then it just comes down to what you are printing and why.  In most cases it will just be old habits that can be changed with a digital solution or when paper is needed a small LaserJet that can sit on a desk.

But I still need an office for my staff?

Why?  Unless you have a physical requirement for your staff, the need for an office is an overhead that can be cut significantly.  Remote access, in conjunction with internet enabled hot desk facilities, business centres and cafes offer an alternate solution to a fixed office.


Technology, aided by the internet, has changed the game for business.  In particular, small businesses have greater opportunities and options available to them thanks to these changes.  So why not take advantage of them?


At Black Onyx Digital we understand that changing the way you operate and implementing new technologies can take time you can not afford to lose.  Let us take care of it and concentrate on working on your business.  Contact us today to see how we can help you break free of old constraints.