It’s a scenario that can make any L&D pro cringe: You have an overarching vision for a new way to improve training and development, but no one else seems to be all that interested. It might be easy to blame the actual initiative when the real problem was in the way you shared your idea. The average person only has an eight-second attention span, which means that even the most revolutionary ideas must compete with things like social media and funny cat videos. Time for multimedia.
There’s a reason they call them “soft skills”: flexible and sometimes ambiguous, it can be hard for management to get a hard grasp on what soft skills really mean and how to make sure employees have them. For example, what does it mean to be a “good communicator” or “good at building relationships”? When the learning content for these skills are broken down into three distinct tiers of essentials, the idea (and the learning) of soft skills becomes much more tangible. With the right approach, those skills that require a degree of flexibility, understanding, and a little extra practice can become less fluid and more of a sure thing.
From marketing to microlearning, we’re always getting requests for blogs and questions about trends and best practices in corporate learning. Luckily, we’ve also been cultivating our own library of articles, opinions, and expertise, all while keeping track of the trends. As 2016 winds to a close, we wanted to take stock of some of the most requested corporate learning blog topics for the year (and show you where to find the answers to all of your burning blog-based questions).
You put a ton of resources into creating a learning initiative for your team, all just to have it be neglected to wither away in an LMS graveyard. Sound familiar? It’s frustrating to put all of your time and energy into a program that doesn’t really get a response. Maybe you even tried to send out an email to drum up support–and still; nothing. Read More
As an eLearning company, we can definitely respect enthusiasm when it comes to overhauling your current training programs. We’re pretty passionate about it, too. But we often see a major misstep in the road to new eLearning, and that’s rushing to creation.
Imagine you’re going fishing: You load up your tackle box, grab your bait, and head to the perfect spot to catch fish. Unfortunately, you open your tackle box only to find that you’ve packed mousetraps–no fishing rod in sight.
Customer experience: It’s what sets some organizations heads and shoulders above the rest. Everyone is trying to improve customer experience as a way to generate buzz and create customer loyalty, but it’s easier said than done. Getting one location, branch, or store on board and offering a superior customer experience is one thing, but when you have hundreds of locations, shoppers might be having very different experiences, even if the sign above the store is the same.
The grinning woman eating a salad; the perfectly multicultural meeting; the man with a headset: these are the standards for stock photography. And while it definitely has its place, stock photography isn’t the gold standard when it comes to learning. What may work for an anonymous website doesn’t have the same impact when you’re trying to get learners to sit up and pay attention. But illustrations might.
It’s a jungle out there, and we don’t mean for employees. Today, it’s the employers that are at a disadvantage because organizations are fighting for the attention of a few multi-talented individuals. When someone has talent in their role, other companies will take notice, and you could find that your organization keeps losing crucial personnel to competitors.