The world has changed dramatically over the last few weeks. With the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases growing by the hour, governments are taking drastic but necessary steps to slow down the further spread of the virus until a vaccine is produced.
Due to how contagious the virus is and the fact that it is spread through close physical contact, affected countries (including South Africa) have begun encouraging social distancing.
This means that large social gatherings are banned, public spaces such as movie theatres and night clubs are being closed, and as of recently – to prioritise the health of its staff - companies have started encouraging their employees to work from home where possible.
This practice might become the norm for the foreseeable future which may present a problem for those used to working in an office environment. In an attempt to help employees adapt to a work-from-home arrangement, Linkedin announced that it will unlock 16 free learning courses and resources on the platform to help professionals maintain productivity regardless of their environment.
In a blog post released on the 10th of March, Linkedin’s management said this – "In the coming days, we will make 16 LinkedIn Learning courses available for free including tips on how to: stay productive, build relationships when you’re not face-to-face, use virtual meeting tools (Microsoft Teams, Skype, BlueJeans, Cisco Webex and Zoom), and healthily balance family and work dynamics."
An increase in searches for the hashtags #WFH (Work From Home) and #RemoteWork further prompted the release of these courses.
“Whether you’re new to remote work and looking for tips on how to be productive in your new home office, or you’re leading a team and looking for ways to keep your employees connected, we hope these resources can help you on your path to becoming more effective regardless of where you are.”