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Improving Corporate T&E Compliance

Why Is Corporate Spending Compliance Important?

There’s this unfortunate sense that travel and expense compliance is either not that important, or not feasible. There’s a misconception that floats around the corporate world, especially in large organizations, that it’s just not a big deal if people are overspending or unaware of what travel and expense policies are. Continue reading

The One-Hour Training Challenge

If you were tasked with creating a one-hour training module on some particular topic, how long do you suppose it would take? There are lots of reasons why taking the time to realistically and accurately answer this question is an important thing to do. You might be required to more accurately assess the cost and budget of what your company’s learning department is doing. If you’re savvy, you want to know this in order to calculate the return on investment (ROI) that your company gets from your learning and training efforts. Either way, if your company’s leadership is asking you to develop a training program and want to know how long it will take, it would be nice to give a real answer instead of something vague or unsure. Continue reading

Effectively Tackling Travel & Expense In Your Business

Travel and Expense Controversies

Travel and expense issues are almost always in the national news headlines. One example of where this subject is relevant right now is within the Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has been criticized and is under intense scrutiny because he charged his wife’s travel to the federal government when she went with him on a trip to Europe. Continue reading

How Can You Identify and Manage Underperforming Employees?

In the world of corporate learning and development, the focus is so often on identifying top talent and giving them the tools and resources they need to succeed. The conversation is almost always focused on how to develop excellent employees and make them an invaluable resource to a company.

There’s an area that’s less discussed that’s also incredibly important, however: managing underperforming employees. Continue reading

What Companies Should Know About Training and the #MeToo Movement

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

The #MeToo movement was born from Hollywood actresses speaking out about their experiences in the industry, but it’s become much more than that in recent months. An increasing number of people are sharing their own experiences with sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. In the process, it’s come to the world’s attention that despite policies and guidelines, sexually inappropriate behavior is still rampant in the workplace. Continue reading

Strategic Ways To Create Employee Performance Goals

Helping Your Employees Succeed

Every company doesn’t just want successful employees – they need them. Corporate success is dependent on individual employee success. A key strategic objective for employers should be setting and helping employees reach goals. Every individual employee’s success contributes to the larger success of the company. That is why employee development goals should be priority items for every company. Continue reading

eLearning Days as Makeups for School Cancellations

Weather prognosticator extraordinaire Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog Day, which means another six weeks of winter weather if you believe in the legend. Either way, depending on where you’re at in the world, there’s still a whole lot of winter left, which has some school administrators and teachers pulling their hair out from all the snow days that have already been racked up this winter. For many school districts, this means extending the school year beyond the originally chosen last day of school to make up for excessive snow days beyond the handful already built into the academic schedule. After all, public schools have to meet their state’s requirements for hours of classroom instruction. But maintaining student engagement on makeup days that would otherwise be summer vacation is especially difficult. But there’s now a growing movement to ease this frustration, and it’s eLearning days that are proving to be a viable alternative. Continue reading

eLearning ROI Metrics

Whether your company’s eLearning efforts are small or large, many eLearning professionals still face an uphill battle in terms of getting the resources needed to produce quality eLearning programs and courses. A surprising number of corporate leaders are still hesitant or skeptical to fully embrace eLearning, and are quick to point out problems. The more you can make a solid business case for the value and benefits of eLearning, the better off you’ll be in the long haul. You have to be able to make the case beforehand for a new effort or project and then show the results afterwards in terms that company leadership understands: return on investment (ROI). This is where eLearning ROI metrics have an important role to play. Continue reading

Tips for Effective Rapid eLearning

Rapid eLearning is a term that gets used two different ways. Some people use it to refer to eLearning content that can be consumed quickly in bite-sized chunks. Others use it to refer to speeding up the eLearning content development process. It is this latter usage, the eLearning content development process, that is the focus of this article. Continue reading

5 Ways to Gamify eLearning for Better Engagement

In the last decade, there have been countless articles written about why gamification of eLearning makes good business sense. The basic argument is that gamification makes any eLearning program, course or module more fun and exciting, which translates into increased learner engagement, higher retention of material learned, and eventually better business results that can have a real impact on the company’s bottom line. As a concept, it’s very easy to get behind this idea. But when it comes time to actually gamify eLearning for better engagement, the result is often not much more than a few achievement badges learners can earn for completing particular courses or trainings. Continue reading