Survey: Are you meeting your remote workers’ needs?

New data shows that telecommuters crave more training—and collegial connections—though productivity from home offices remains sky high.

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Employers still don’t quite know what to make of—nor how to make the most of—remote workers.

According to a recent TalentLMS survey, 66% of U.S. companies now allow employees to telecommute, but a lack of understanding about remote workers’ habits, preferences and motivations could be preventing peak performance. Professional development opportunities (or the lack thereof) constitute just one sticking point where expectations are often misaligned.

Sixty-seven percent of respondents say they want more training. Seventy percent say their companies provide training, but 17% of remote workers convey that they pay for their own courses to gain relevant workplace skills.

Your company might not be able to match Siemens’ yearly investment of more than $500 million in employee professional development, but training and engaging remote workers does merit a slice of the budget pie.

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