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.

HazCom Skills Training: eLeaP Video-on-Demand Training Courses

You may not think of your workplace as one that needs to be concerned about hazardous materials, but you’d be surprised. Almost every workplace has some amount of hazardous materials on-site, even if you’re not aware of them. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets the standards that must be followed in every workplace to keep everyone in your company safe. The two leading regulations in this regard are the Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) and the Global Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Most of your employees do not need to know all the details of these standards, but they do need to know enough to keep the workplace safe and in compliance. eLeaP is pleased to offer a range of on-demand HazCom Skills Training video courses. Continue reading

Interpersonal Skills Training: eLeaP Video-on-Demand Training Courses

When you talk to people about interpersonal skills (also called social skills, soft skills, people skills, etc.) in the workplace, it quickly becomes clear that most of them have at best an incomplete understanding of how to leverage them into organizational success. It tends to be one of those examples where people know what bad interpersonal skills look like – everyone can point to examples of poor interpersonal skills they’ve seen in the workplace. While it’s useful and important to be able to recognize when interpersonal skills are lacking, that is not the same as knowing what good interpersonal skills look like, how to develop them in yourself and others, and how to use them in the workplace to make everyone more successful in your company. eLeaP has a robust collection of on-demand video courses geared specifically to Interpersonal Skills TrainingContinue reading

Leadership Skills Training: eLeaP Video-on-Demand Courses

There is a scenario that happens all too often in businesses, especially smaller and medium-sized businesses: An employee who does well at their job and is highly productive is shifted from the “front lines” and into a management role, often with little or no training. They will either sink or swim in this new role. Many fail, which should come as no surprise if their shift into management didn’t include adequate training. Those who are lucky enough to do well might eventually find themselves being shifted again out of their management role and into a higher leadership role in the company. Once again, however, if the shift in role doesn’t include adequate training, their success is far from guaranteed. The entire process feels more like a game of chance than a deliberate development effort. When summarized in this way, it sounds ludicrous, doesn’t it? And yet this scenario plays itself out over and over in millions of businesses across the nation and around the world. Isn’t it time for your company to take a more proactive approach to developing your employees into the managers and leaders your company will need to survive and thrive in the 21st century? The good news is that Leadership Skills Training Video Courses from eLeaP can help! Continue reading

Creating a Learning Organization: How to Foster a Learning Culture

Now that I’ve established why workplace culture is important, explained how fostering a learning culture benefits your company, and provided several different tools you can use to conduct a learning culture assessment in your organization, it’s time to take a closer look at specific actions you can take to transform your company into a learning organization. If you paid attention to the various descriptors contained in the assessment instruments, you should have a pretty good idea of what’s involved in creating a solid learning organization. Here are some concrete steps to consider: Continue reading

Learning Culture Assessment at Your Company

In my last couple articles, I’ve established the importance of paying attention to workplace culture, and more specifically the benefits of fostering a learning culture in the workplace. If the general reaction among your employees when it comes to training and learning consists of yawns and eye-rolling, you’ve got some work to do to foster a learning culture at your company. But before adopting any specific strategies or tactics, you need to get a more thorough picture of what lays ahead by doing a thorough learning culture assessment at your company. Continue reading

5 Reasons for Fostering a Learning Culture in the Workplace

In my last article, I highlighted the importance of paying close attention to company culture in general, and how badly things can do if you ignore it. In this article, I want to focus in on the learning piece of your workplace culture. Specifically, it’s essential to understand why fostering a learning culture is so important for any organization. Here are five compelling reasons to take up the challenge at your company:

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Workplace Culture: Does it Even Matter?

Workplace culture, organizational culture, corporate culture – however you name it, there are many who question if it even matters. My short answer to this question is YES, workplace culture does matter, but if you need a more convincing presentation of why it matters, then this will be one of the more important articles you read this year. Continue reading

The Learnability of Your eLearning Courses

There are lots of different ways to evaluate the effectiveness of your eLearning efforts, which is essential to making sure your learning department can document robust return on investment (ROI) and stay in the good graces of your company’s upper management and leadership. While evaluation can run the gamut from simple to complex, one concept that has appeared recently is a dimension being called learnability. I think it’s worth taking a closer look at it to see if it’s something you should work into your eLearning evaluation process. Continue reading

Boosting Workplace Engagement with eLearning

You know on some level your eLearning efforts provide real value to your company, but it can also be easy to lose sight of this fact when you’re in the day-to-day slog of making it happen. It’s always good to remind yourself of just how valuable your work is. One aspect many learning professionals don’t often consider is the vital role their efforts can play in workplace engagement and retention. This is important, so hear me out. Continue reading

The Promise of Virtual Reality Learning in Corporations

There is a certain amount of frustration people might feel concerning various technologies. It seems like the driverless car technologies have been in the news for a long time now and yet we’re still waiting to see it become a widespread reality that makes a real difference in people’s day-to-day lives. I think there’s a similar frustration when it comes to virtual reality, and especially as it applies to corporate eLearning and training efforts. Will virtual reality learning have a role to play in companies looking to boost their learning programs? Continue reading