Essential Training Courses for HR Staff

Earlier this week, Uber, the popular ride-sharing company that has recently been in the news for a series of high-profile HR errors, was once again making headlines. After news broke in early February that the company had routinely failed to respond to sexual harassment and gender discrimination incidents at its headquarters in California, former Google executive, Liane Hornsey, was brought on board to help Uber manage its brewing internal HR crisis. Since arriving, Hornsey has focused on doing something that Uber does in fact do well: generating data. What she has discovered so far has mostly confirmed what was already suspected. The company’s tech staff and leadership are mostly White and male. But Hornsey has drawn attention to another problem too. Continue reading

Training Essentials for Your 2017 Interns

Over the next eight weeks, hundreds of thousands of college-age students will start to look ahead to the summer months, and for many, this means finding a rewarding internship. From paid internships in the finance, technology and engineering fields to unpaid gigs running errands for independent filmmakers, college-age students crave meaningful work-related opportunities and with good reason. Getting a full-time job upon graduation increasingly is contingent on having already completed one or more Continue reading

Focus Your Training on 2017’s Top Training Issues

There is always room to tackle new training challenges. This year, many of last year’s top training challenging continue (e.g., the need for ongoing compliance training), but new challenges have also arisen. This post explores how to focus your training on 2017’s top training issues. Continue reading

5 Questions to Ask when Launching an Online Training Program

Launching an online training program is much easier than many business owners think. In fact, with a learning management system, it is easy to roll out a training program for just a dozen employees or for thousands of employees.  Moreover, with an online training program, overhead is reduced, and one can be rest assured that the cost of the program will be appropriately scaled to the size of their workforce. Whatever the scale of your online training program, however, it is important to begin by asking the right questions. Below, we explore 5 questions to ask when launching an online training program. Continue reading

I just uploaded a training video from my mobile device

Every once in awhile, I too get excited about some tech that I really think is transformative. Video is one of such technologies. 

The plain truth is we all have to compete with all manner of distractions to keep the attention of our kids, learners, students, employees, team members, bosses…. and the list goes on. 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

Five Types of Training to Improve Employee Performance

When employees are performing at their very best, so is the organization. After all, any organization is really just the sum of its parts. If the parts are rusty, stuck, old or broken, the whole is not going to be an effective machine. This is why attending to employee performance is critical. In the past, many organizations have done this with annual reviews, but the problem is that all too often, these reviews are largely punitive and do little to improve employee performance. A more effective way to drive employee performance is through effective coaching and training. Below are five types of training known to improve employee performance.

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Leverage Training to Drive Employee Performance

Over the past decade, there has been a growing preoccupation with measurement in the workplace. Increasingly, employees are being watched and measured on every possible level from productivity to interpersonal skills.  In most workplaces, these metrics form the bedrock of annual reviews. While metrics can be useful, there are now a growing number of experts questioning whether or not this approach is in fact working. In the training and development sector, there is also a growing push to move away from pure metrics and annual reviews and back to training. Continue reading