About: Sherman Morrison

G. Sherman H. Morrison is a writer and editor based in Keene, New Hampshire. He holds a Master of Science in Management from Antioch University New England where his studies focused on effective leadership and management of any organization’s single most important resource – it’s employees. The talent management and human resources landscape is evolving rapidly in the brave new digital world of the 21st century, and Sherman keeps track of it all for people and companies who want to stay up-to-date on the latest developments. Sherman writes for a variety of sites, including Talent Management 360, eLeaP (learning and training in the corporate context), and Healevate (alternative health topics) to name a few. When not clacking away on his laptop, Sherman can typically be found performing and directing with a variety of theatre groups in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire.

Lessons from Startup Employees

Most people have heard the rather depressing statistics around business failures. The percentage of startup failures varies widely by source and methodology, so I’m not going report any specific percentages. For a good discussion of why many such studies are problematic, see Small Business Failure Rates: Why All The Stats Have It Wrong. Regardless of how you slice and dice the data, though, a lot of businesses fail, especially early on. For the businesses that survive the startup phase, what is it that sets them apart? One obvious answer is the people involved, from the founder to the employees hired. Startup employees are a special breed who have valuable lessons for businesses at all stages of development. Continue reading

Small Business Growth: Knowing the Stages and Challenges

When you think of the businesses that drive the economy, what comes to mind? No doubt the tech giants come to mind – Amazon, Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, and so on. Or maybe you think about long-standing corporations such as Exxon/Mobil, GMC, General Electric, and IBM (all of which are still in the top 50 of the Fortune 500). We know about them because they’re always in front of us, but they are not the true drivers of the economy. Smaller businesses of less than 500 employees are can-do engines that really keep the economy chugging along. Continue reading

What Happens in the Absence of Adequate Employee Feedback

You might think that enough has been written about employee feedback. Surely both leaders and managers have received this message loud and clear, right? And yet according to a study by employee engagement company Office Vibe, 65% of employees want more feedback than they’re getting. In this article, I’ll explore the importance of feedback, some of the reasons why managers still aren’t giving enough of it, and what happens in the absence of adequate employee feedback. Continue reading

Daily Workplace Learning Benefits Everyone

In the quest to achieve better business results, companies do all sorts of things. They innovate solutions to problems within the company and for their customers with their products and services. They seek out and hire the best talent they can afford. And if they’re smart, they also provide rich opportunities for workplace learning. When done right, it improves company operations, advances the careers of workers, satisfies more customers and keeps the bottom line moving in the right direction. As learning and HR thought leader Josh Bersin put it in a recent Harvard Business Review (HBR) article, “…learning is a rising tide that lifts all boats.” Shouldn’t something so valuable be happening each and every day? Here’s how daily workplace learning benefits everyone. Continue reading

Better Presentations in 5 Steps

Everyone has sat through a less-than-engaging presentation by someone in their company. All too often it consists of a PowerPoint presentation packed with way too much information and delivered without enthusiasm. By contrast, there have been 35 years of incredible TED Talks, and if you take some time to watch a bunch of those, you’ll discover all kinds of ways to improve presentations at your company. And let’s face it, corporate America could definitely be making more of an impact. Here’s what makes for better presentations by anyone and everyone. Continue reading

How Personality Affects Employee Engagement

Gallup has been tracking and reporting on employee engagement since 2000. Last year saw another increase in the percentage of workers who are engaged, but don’t get too excited. The increase saw the figure clock in at only a depressingly low 34%. After all, this means 66% are not engaged, which is alarmingly high. The unengaged workforce includes 13% who are described as “actively disengaged,” which means they’re truly miserable at work. In the face of these statistics, employers have tried all sorts of things to boost engagement, with varying degrees of success. Recently, some have been exploring how personality affects employee engagement. Continue reading

Bystander Training for Workplace Harassment Prevention

The term sexual harassment was coined more than 40 years ago. The vast majority of companies have policies that address sexual harassment, and many even provide some amount of general training for employees on the topic. In spite of this, the #MeToo movement has revealed just how widespread and entrenched the problem is in workplaces across all industries and sectors of the economy. Quantifying the damage sexual harassment causes to companies is tricky, but most agree it’s in the billions thanks to lost productivity, insurance, settling lawsuits, and so on. Far more important than all that is the harm to women and their careers – and that’s something you just can’t put a price tag on. Whatever efforts companies have made to reduce and prevent workplace sexual harassment have not been effective. Bystander training is one route that may help. Continue reading

LMS Gamification Update: The Trend Continues

According to a recent story on eLearningInside News, the global gamification in education market is poised to grow in the coming years from its current worth of $450 million to an eye-popping $1.8 billion by 2023. While the lion’s share of growth will be found in the academic sector, gamification in corporate learning and training continues to grow as well. This LMS gamification update will focus on recent developments in the gamification of learning management systems used in the corporate sector. Continue reading

Gig Economy Learning and Development: A Whole New World

The way work happens is undergoing a profound shift as an increasing number of people participate in the “gig economy.” There have always been independent workers who hire themselves out for specific tasks or projects, but the explosive growth of the gig economy in recent years has been enabled by specific technologies designed to connect freelancers with consumers and companies who need something specific and limited, whether it’s a ride to a destination (Uber, Lyft), everyday tasks (TaskRabbit), or a limited-scope project for a business (Upwork). The far-reaching implications of this new way of working demands a whole new world of gig economy learning and development (L&D). Continue reading

Epic eLearning Failures can Lead to Success

No one likes to fail. Most people don’t want to fail. In fact, many people suffer from a constant fear of failure. And yet, failure happens. It’s really not a matter of if but more a matter of when. The big question, however, is what you do with failure when it inevitably happens to you or your team. Some of you who are reading this are already feeling uncomfortable, aren’t you? After all, failure tends to be a taboo subject, and speaking openly about it rarely occurs. But avoiding the topic of failure hurts more than it helps. By tackling the issue of failure head-on and with courage, you can turn your epic eLearning failures into success. Continue reading