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.

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

Root Cause Analysis for eLearning Objectives

When everything is functioning well with learning and training in your company, here’s what it looks like: Your company’s business goals are well-defined in terms of where you want to be. You benchmark and track the performance levels needed to get there. When performance reality doesn’t match up with performance goals, you identify the gaps and then create learning and training programs to fill those gaps. Sounds easy, right? But the devil, as they say, is in the details. The biggest hang-up in the process for most companies comes in the form of accurately identifying what is needed to bridge performance gaps – the needs analysis. In this article, I’ll explain how you can use root cause analysis to identify what’s behind performance gaps in order to more accurately shape your eLearning objectives. Continue reading

eLearning Evaluation Alternatives: Beyond Kirkpatrick

Effective eLearning evaluation is one of the most critical aspects of making sure your learning and training programs do what you need them to do: Improve the skills and knowledge of employees in a way that has a positive impact on the company’s bottom line. I spent a good deal of time investigating the Kirkpatrick Model for learning evaluation, which was around long before eLearning appeared. It applies well to any kind of learning, and is still recognized by many as the gold standard for evaluation. But there are other eLearning evaluation alternatives available for those who want to try something different. Continue reading

Leveraging LMS Reporting for Better eLearning Results

Just about every learning management system (LMS) includes a reporting function. In the early days, LMS reports were mostly focused on participation and completion rates. Companies wanted to know if their learners were taking the courses and completing them. But LMS reporting has come a long way since then. Depending on the robustness of the report options in your LMS, you could be leveraging LMS reports to get better eLearning results. Continue reading

eLearning Outsourcing to Get the Job Done

If your company is on the smaller end of the business landscape, getting started with eLearning for your employees can feel like a daunting task. After all, you probably don’t have a whole learning department at your disposal. One route you can take is to take the time to find existing eLearning courses and modules that fit your needs, which I just wrote about in my previous article, eLearning Content Curation. But if you really want to produce original content for your company’s unique context and needs, you can still do it with eLearning outsourcing. This article will explain what aspects of eLearning are good for outsourcing and how to find and hire the freelancers who can do it for you. Continue reading

3 Big eLearning Myths Busted

eLearning seems to have become a permanent fact in the corporate landscape. And yet there are still lots of companies who haven’t fully engaged it. Perhaps they’ve been skeptical of it from the start, thinking it might be passing fad. I think it’s safe to say it is not just the latest trend doomed to sink away into obscurity. More likely is that they’ve heard something or read something that makes it sound like eLearning isn’t as effective as people want to believe. This article will take a look at 3 big eLearning myths and bust them each wide open to give you the truth about eLearning. Continue reading