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Training Solutions for Summer Downtown

It might be July, but that’s no reason to put your training efforts on hold. Indeed, in some sectors, summer is an ideal time to scale up training efforts and keep employees learning and growing on the job. Rather than have your employees sit idle as business slows, make the most of any extra time by asking them to complete refresher courses on key skills or courses designed to help them cross-train.  The bottom line is that summer training initiatives can keep employees engaged and strengthen your team to help tackles challenges over the year ahead. Continue reading

Diversity Training for Pride Month

June was once time for Pride Day but as the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community continues to make gains politically and in the workplace, June is now time for Pride Month. For many workplaces, this means June is also an ideal time to scale up diversity training. How common is diversity training on LGBT issues? According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), over half (52%) of Fortune 500 companies now offer training on sexual orientation issues and 42% of Fortune 500 now offer training on gender identity and expression issues but as the HRC’s 2017 Corporate Equality Index reports, training on gender identity and expression is also on the rise.  Continue reading

Avoid Big Fails on the Training Front

Organizations spend millions of dollars every year on training. Unfortunately, many of these training initiatives fail. While Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook may embrace the motto “move fast and break things,” failing isn’t always good for business. Indeed, failed training programs can lead to lost revenue and talent. While it is difficult to determine the total value of these losses, a 2016 article in the Harvard Business Review reported, “American companies spend enormous amounts of money on employee training and education—$160 billion in the United States and close to $356 billion globally in 2015 alone—but they are not getting a good return on their investment. For the most part, the learning doesn’t lead to better organizational performance, because people soon revert to their old ways of doing things.” Today’s post outlines just some of the  most common reasons workplace training programs fail and explores how to avoid big fails and big losses 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

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

A Guide to Using Podcasts for Employee Training

What is a Podcast?

A podcast is becoming one of the most popular forms of media, and this concept is even drawing many celebrities into hosting their own, as opposed to the traditional radio or talk shows. How about using podcasts for employee training? Share with eLeaP or get some tips. Continue reading

5 Considerations When Selecting an LMS For Blended Learning

A blended learning strategy is often the preferred method of companies wishing to train their employees comprehensively and effectively. While blending learning can work well for nearly any industry, it’s particularly pertinent in industries like manufacturing, the medical industry and even in sales training. Get a free consultation on how to implement a learning management system. Continue reading