A few months ago we conducted a survey that asked workers what they sometimes find themselves doing during their virtual training sessions.

42% said they tune out to perform work-related tasks.

Okay, while engagement is critical for sessions to be productive, it’s hard to fault an employee for prioritizing work over training. We could even give them the benefit of the doubt and assume the task was critical and that they’ll circle back with their hosts to get any information they missed.

If the biggest reason workers tune out is work-related, then our training engagement issues can’t be too bad, right?

They wouldn’t be if 39% didn’t say the biggest reason they check out is to daydream. (We didn’t ask what they were daydreaming about, but I think we can safely assume it’s not work-related.)

Let that sink in.

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