Feng shui and meditation aside, tapping into your office zen doesn’t necessarily mean yoga at your desk. Instead, it’s a state of mind that allows you to be calm and creative, even when you work in a high-stakes position. Whether it’s in preparation for learning or getting into the zone to check off your to-do list, your surroundings and equipment definitely have a bearing on your creative process. Here are some of the areas to check before you get started.
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As digital learning professionals, we’ll admit it: those who work in corporate training aren’t usually seen as the “cool kids in class.” As part of HR, learning and development can sometimes get an inherently negative reputation based on employee experiences with HR in the past.
By now, Netflix has successfully made it from Blockbuster disruptor to a cultural phenomenon. From original series to all of your old favorites, the sheer availability of entertainment is part of the appeal. You find yourself on the couch with a playlist of TV, movies, and documentaries that seem tailor-made to your interests. It’s what makes Netflix so totally bingeworthy: It always has new suggestions queued up and ready to go.
When your typical training tactics start to feel a bit stale, it’s tempting to try and bring in new technology to remedy the issue. But sometimes, what could seem like a solution could actually compound the issues you’re having, like learners who are unenthused and disconnected.
Think about the most effective marketing campaign you’ve ever seen. Maybe it was the empowering Always #likeagirl campaign, or you wanted to Share a Coke after watching the latest round of Coca-Cola commercials. Maybe you teared up watching Google’s Year in Search spot. Whatever pulls at your heartstrings, makes you laugh, or makes you act, the same is true across the board: marketing has a way of connecting to your emotions.
If the golden rule is “do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” then why are so many learners forced to go through mandatory training that only serves to benefit their organization? Sure, improvement on a company-wide level is important, but it can also seem self-serving–and not for the individual.
It’s the beginning of a new year, and you know what that means: crowded gyms and New Year’s resolutions. As far as goals go, most resolutions are of the personal variety. But what about the goals your company has for the next year? Do you give the same attention and effort to corporate resolutions?
Forgive us for quoting Spiderman, but the (admittedly gimmicky) saying goes that with great power comes great responsibility and that’s never more true than when it comes to technology. With the entirety of human knowledge just a few clicks away, it’s easy to fall into a trap where you let the tech do the talking. Big data, online resources, and social media often take the place of solid analytics and a personal touch.
Just when you thought you were done with high school, here comes mandatory training for a new skill. And the whirlwind, one-shot training before testing can seem uncannily similar to those nights you spent cramming for your 12th-grade calculus test.
When you’re on the hunt for a digital learning vendor to help you create, refine, and curate better training, you probably know some of the important things to look for: A robust portfolio of clients or an organization that will listen to you and create the learning you’ve envisioned. But while you’re turning over each proverbial stone to find the vendor best for you, you might be missing some of the key factors. By vetting a vendor fully, you’ll find the learning company that gives you the best results. Consider these factors before beginning your search: