Safety Training on Construction Sites for Every Worker

A feature article published in the New York Times this week reports that construction site injuries and deaths are far outpacing the rate of construction across the city and that poor or absent training is likely to blame. In the past fiscal year, there have been 10 construction-related deaths in New York City; this compares to 5.5 fatalities per year over the previous four years. Injuries are also on the rise. Over the past year, there has also been a 53% increase in construction related injuries. While construction work is on the rise in New York City, it in no way mirrors the number of Continue reading

Giving Thanks for Work-Life Balance

Today, most Americans are off work and many won’t return until next Monday. This shouldn’t make headlines but in fact, Thanksgiving is one of the few times that US workplaces completely shut down and workers actually take more than two days off work. In addition, it is one of the few times a year when workers tend to feel comfortable going off line to focus exclusively on their family and friends rather than on colleagues. For this reason, while giving thanks, Thanksgiving is also a time of year to reflect on what truly matters. In today’s Thanksgiving post, we consider why work-life balance matters and why it is something for which we should all give thanks. Continue reading

Exploring Synchronous and Asynchronous e-Learning and How to Decide on an Approach

Synchronous and asynchronous: two seemingly complicated words. So, what exactly do they mean and how can you decide on an approach that’s going to allow you to most effectively deliver training to employees? Continue reading

Is Google’s Smart Reply Smart Enough for Your Business?

It’s finally here—the email program that not only receives your email but also automatically generates responses and not simply with the standard out-of-office reply. Smart Reply, at least in theory, is smart enough to generate responses to the emails we don’t have time to respond to ourselves. Sound good? Perhaps, but Google’s Smart Reply also raises serious questions about best practices in business correspondence. Continue reading

Bending and Breaking Rules in the Age of Compliance

Recently, one of Google’s self-driving cars was pulled over by a California State Trooper. As it turns out, the self-driving vehicle was driving too slowly (25 in a 35 zone) and consequently, causing a traffic jam. While no ticket was issued (and who would pay the ticket?), the incident was both humorous and revealing. You can teach a car to drive itself, but can you teach a self-driving car to adequately respond to shifting norms on the road? While speeding is never advisable, in some contexts, Continue reading

Exploring Navigation Styles and How to Improve Your e-Learning Usability

Regardless of how great content might be, if your e-Learning course doesn’t feature a strong design you’re not maximizing its value. One of the biggest benefits of using e-Learning as an employee training tool is the ability of learners to direct themselves. Self-paced learning tends to be more engaging, and learners have a better outcome when they can guide their experience. Continue reading

Expressing Compassion Without Opportunism

Following Friday night’s devastating attacks in Paris, private companies around the world responded.  A black ribbon appeared on the Google home page. A French flag and the words “Solidarité” appeared on the Amazon home page. Expedia quickly posted the following message: “On Friday 13th there were a number of shooting incidents in Paris resulting in casualties. Our deepest sympathies go out to the victims, their families and the people of Paris.” Airbnb announced that it would waive fees in Paris and encouraged hosts to offer extended stays to stranded travelers for free or at drastically reduced rates. Meanwhile, private and public buildings from the Empire State Building to city halls around the world were lit up in the colors of the French flag. These expressions of solidarity and sympathy were part of how people around the globe have experienced the tragic events in Paris this weekend, but they also raise important questions about corporate expressions of compassion. After all, Continue reading