Remote Work: Reshaping the Learning Landscape

This blog explores the impact of remote work on corporate learning, including its challenges and potential benefits.
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Trent Draper
Trent Draper
+15 years in Sales within the education industry, Head International Sales at Get More Brain.


As an employ­ee in the ed-tech learn­ing space at a remote com­pa­ny, I find myself in the heart of ongo­ing debates about remote work. Plat­forms like LinkedIn stage these dis­cus­sions, reveal­ing a stark divide on the top­ic.

There are enthu­si­asts who advo­cate for remote work, cit­ing increased flex­i­bil­i­ty, no com­mut­ing, and sus­tain­able work approach­es as sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits. Remote work, they argue, offers more con­trol over work­ing hours, lead­ing to improved work-life bal­ance.

How­ev­er, there are also skep­tics who wor­ry about poten­tial draw­backs. They point out poten­tial col­lab­o­ra­tion bot­tle­necks, cre­ativ­i­ty loss, and the ener­gy dip from phys­i­cal sep­a­ra­tion from col­leagues. They cher­ish in-per­son inter­ac­tions, spon­ta­neous idea exchanges dur­ing face-to-face chats, and the in-office sup­port from man­agers and peers.

In this blog, we’ll delve into remote work’s impact on cor­po­rate learn­ing. We’ll explore its chal­lenges and poten­tial, aim­ing to unlock new growth and devel­op­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties. With the rise of remote teams and increased reliance on tech­nol­o­gy, it’s crit­i­cal to under­stand how these changes shape the cor­po­rate learn­ing land­scape.

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The abil­i­ty to work from home has been embraced by many — Pho­to by Eli Som­mer

The Changing Landscape of Work

In a pre­vi­ous blog, “Unlock­ing the Poten­tial of Per­son­al­ized Learn­ing: AI-Dri­ven Solu­tions for Today’s L&D Chal­lenges,” I dis­cussed the impor­tance of embrac­ing tech-dri­ven learn­ing solu­tions. How­ev­er, none of us expect­ed the world to expe­ri­ence an unpar­al­leled trans­for­ma­tion due to the glob­al pan­dem­ic. The COVID-19 out­break forced many com­pa­nies to adapt to remote and hybrid work mod­els, cat­a­pult­ing remote work into the spot­light.

Accord­ing to a recent Buffer sur­vey, a stag­ger­ing 98% of respon­dents want to work remote­ly at least part of the time for the rest of their careers. This shift presents both chal­lenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties for cor­po­rate learn­ing. So, let’s see how remote work, pro­pelled by the pan­dem­ic, is reshap­ing the cor­po­rate learn­ing land­scape.

Remote Work: Perspectives and Insights

The remote work debate has sparked diverse opin­ions. Crit­ics argue that remote work hin­ders pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and col­lab­o­ra­tion. How­ev­er, oth­ers argue that remote work­ers dis­play high­er pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and engage­ment. As a remote work­er at two com­pa­nies since the pan­dem­ic onset, I’ve wit­nessed these per­spec­tives and chal­lenges first­hand.

From my expe­ri­ence, remote work has chal­lenges, par­tic­u­lar­ly when it comes to onboard­ing new staff and fos­ter­ing a cohe­sive com­pa­ny cul­ture. How­ev­er, it is imper­a­tive a com­pa­ny uses the right tools and tech­nolo­gies to mit­i­gate these issues, enabling seam­less col­lab­o­ra­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Despite the chal­lenges, remote work has clear advan­tages. The free­dom to spend more qual­i­ty time with loved ones and the reduced com­mut­ing time and costs have proven to be invalu­able ben­e­fits for me. It’s a nuanced top­ic demand­ing care­ful exam­i­na­tion of both pros and cons.

Technology as the Catalyst

Lever­ag­ing tech­nol­o­gy is key to unlock­ing the poten­tial of remote work. Tech­nol­o­gy like Get More Brain, which incor­po­rate advanced tech­nol­o­gy and per­son­al­ized learn­ing solu­tions, play a cru­cial role in bridg­ing the gap between remote and in-office teams.

By facil­i­tat­ing seam­less col­lab­o­ra­tion, knowl­edge shar­ing, and craft­ing per­son­al­ized learn­ing expe­ri­ences, tech­nol­o­gy plays a cru­cial role in shap­ing the land­scape of remote work.

How­ev­er, estab­lish­ing a robust cul­ture and onboard­ing new employ­ees in a hybrid or remote envi­ron­ment can indeed present unique chal­lenges. Thus, lever­ag­ing tech­nol­o­gy effec­tive­ly becomes even more cru­cial to empow­er employ­ees, ensur­ing they feel inte­grat­ed, val­ued, and able to thrive, regard­less of where they’re work­ing from. This is espe­cial­ly impor­tant now, as many employ­ees express a pref­er­ence for remote or hybrid work mod­els.

Embracing Remote Work Benefits

Beyond the ben­e­fits of increased pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and flex­i­bil­i­ty, remote work offers the advan­tage of access to a broad­er tal­ent pool. Orga­ni­za­tions can hire from any­where, bring­ing diverse per­spec­tives and skills into the team.

Remote teams often expe­ri­ence high­er lev­els of employ­ee sat­is­fac­tion and reten­tion, lead­ing to sig­nif­i­cant cost sav­ings relat­ed to reduced turnover. Accord­ing to an Owl Labs study, 86% of work­ers said being able to work from home — at least some of the time — would make them hap­pi­er.

Overcoming the Challenges

Despite its ben­e­fits, remote work also presents unique chal­lenges. Effec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion, team cohe­sion, and man­age­r­i­al sup­port are cru­cial to ensur­ing remote employ­ees feel con­nect­ed, val­ued, and includ­ed. Chal­lenges around com­mu­ni­ca­tion and team cohe­sion can be addressed through reg­u­lar check-ins, video con­fer­ences, and online social events.

Man­agers play a cru­cial role in pro­vid­ing sup­port and guid­ance to remote employ­ees, includ­ing set­ting clear expec­ta­tions and offer­ing pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties. By address­ing these chal­lenges head-on, orga­ni­za­tions can cre­ate a thriv­ing remote work envi­ron­ment where col­lab­o­ra­tion is the norm and employ­ees can reach their full poten­tial.


In con­clu­sion, remote work has become an indis­pens­able aspect of many mod­ern work­places. By embrac­ing remote work, orga­ni­za­tions can tap into a world of pos­si­bil­i­ties for learn­ing, col­lab­o­ra­tion, and growth. As we nav­i­gate the dig­i­tal age, it’s cru­cial to embrace tech­nol­o­gy and adapt to new ways of work­ing. By doing so, we can unlock our full poten­tial, trans­form­ing the way we work, learn, and thrive in the dynam­ic land­scape of the mod­ern work­place.

If you’re curi­ous to explore how Get More Brain can trans­form your learn­ing and devel­op­ment strat­e­gy, feel free to fol­low me on Medi­um or LinkedIn, leave a com­ment below, or reach out to me direct­ly. Let’s con­nect, explore, and work togeth­er to dri­ve per­for­mance, engage­ment, and reten­tion in your work­place.

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