Why Summer is a Great Time to Scale Up Online Training

Training should happen year round, but there is no question that during the summer months, many workplaces shift into low gear and this can open up additional bandwidth to scale up online training. With staff out on vacation and in many industries, lower customer demand, it is often the case that employees have just a bit more breathing space on the job from late June to late August. Rather than let employees sit idle as they wait for incoming calls or work orders, however, this downtime can be effectively used to scale up one’s training program. To do this in a cost-effective way without additional staff, the first step is to chose an effective learning management system. Continue reading

The Heat is On: Start Your Summer Safety Training Now

Some workers’ biggest complaints during the summer months are the seemingly subzero temperatures at which many air conditioned offices are kept. For workers who spend their days outside, however, summer is no walk in the park. If you manage a team of outdoor workers, summer can bring unique challenges and taking the right steps to protect your crew in advance is essential. Today’s post recommends three essential summer safety training videos to help prepare your crew for the challenges of working outdoors at the hottest time of the year. Continue reading

Suggested Training Videos for Bill O’Reilly and Fox Executives

As Bill O’Reilly’s high-profile sexual harassment case reveals, sexual harassment is still alive and well in the American workplace. Indeed, it even continues to be tolerated by many executives who would rather pay off victims (on the condition that they withdraw their complaints and remain silent) than fire high-profile employees. Continue reading

Most Leaders are Made not Born

We’ve all heard the expression: “He’s a born leader.” In reality, most leaders are made nor born. While it is true that a few people have natural leadership qualities, most do not. They acquire their leadership skills over time and usually with a lot of training along the way.  Who gets chosen to participate in these training activities, however, is often based on subjective factors or assumptions about what leaders. This is why it is essential to extend leadership training to as many employees (ideally all employees) rather than simply a select few. Continue reading

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