Digital disruption and change are in the air, meaning that training and development are no doubt hot topics around the virtual water cooler these days for your business. Subjects such as cyber security, new technology trends and innovations, and avoiding burnout are increasingly becoming top of mind as well. All that said, learning how to address each of these items in turn can be a relatively simple and straightforward affair when you make a point to take certain strategies and approaches in mind. Here, we take a closer look at some of our latest research and findings on training and development, and what it takes to give employees all the tools that they need to be more successful. Just scroll down to find out more – and find out what it takes to stay one step ahead of the curve.

Topic: Building Cyber Awareness: 10 Ways to Train Employees to Spot and Counter Cyber Threats

Scenario: Cyber attacks are today’s fastest-growing form of crime, and biggest threat to small businesses – but by training your team to apply certain insights and strategies, you can keep them at bay way more effectively.

Insight: Raising cyber awareness requires you to provide training and development that encourages employees to look for certain types of digital dangers, regularly educate them in best practices, institute hands-on training exercises grounded in real-world scenarios, and ingrain specific positive high-tech habits. As a business leader, you need to provide them with step-by-step tips and instructions for keeping a growingly digitalized business safe – and help employees come to see that cybersecurity is the responsibility of everyone in the organization to practice from the senior management team and C-suite on down.

Topic: Build a Better Work-Life Balance: Avoiding Burnout Amid a Pandemic

Scenario: Business owners (especially small business owners) are working overtime to deal with COVID-19-related concerns, and don’t often put a premium on self-care. That’s a mistake, and you’ll actually be more effective if you take time to rest, relax, and step away from the chaos from time to time.

Insight: Despite the myth of entrepreneurs needing to hustle triple-time to make it, there’s such a thing as diminishing returns – and if you don’t give yourself opportunities to relax and decompress, it may cost you more in the end. By employing a few simple practices (learning to build in downtime, outsourcing non-essential tasks, create automated and routine systems, cross-training other staff so they can step in for you when needed, etc.) you can save yourself a world of hurt.