Why your Company Needs a Chief Learning Manager

American companies spend more than $130 billion a year on training their staff. Despite efforts by employers to give their workers the chance to learn new skills and absorb more knowledge, only 30 percent of U.S. employees describe themselves as “engaged at work” according to a recent Gallup study.

What is even more disconcerting is that these numbers have barely budged over the last 12 years. Continue reading

Why Cross-Training Through E-Learning Makes Corporate Sense

Today’s companies must respond quickly to sudden influxes of business and rapidly changing markets. Because of this, an increasing number of businesses are using e-learning to cross-train their employees so they are able to perform several jobs within the organization. Continue reading

How E-Learning Can Fill the Soft Skills Gap

The bulk of training dollars is spent on teaching employees job functions, such as how to use specific equipment or follow set processes to create products and services.

And yet, when asked what makes their employees valuable, most business owners cite a completely different skill set than straight technical and functional skills.

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Employee Training and Startups: Start with Function

Sir Richard Branson doesn’t mince words about the importance of training in startup businesses.

In a blog posting called How to Train Your Employees published on www.entrepreneur.com, the founder of Virgin Group with its 400 companies around the world lays out his strategy:

The first goal of any new business is simply to survive. One of the best ways to do this is by hiring excellent people who believe in your company and share your goals, and then by helping them to learn and improve their skills. This isn’t optional.” Continue reading