When you’re looking for ways to get employees more invested in their roles, it can seem like most suggestions revolve around the long game. Sure, we tout mentoring as an awesome way to increase engagement, but building relationships don’t happen overnight. Still, it is possible to start now—like, right this minute—to help build up employee engagement and create an all-in workforce without the wait. Here are four things you can do today to get started.
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It’s a startup tale as old as time: a new company gets funding. The New company overspends funding on unnecessary stuff (i.e. employee benefits that don’t work). The New company loses funding and becomes a Silicon Valley cautionary tale.
Humans love a good story. From the dawn of time—think cave paintings and oral traditions—to the modern methods of seeing a movie or being absorbed by a good book, the power of stories captivates, motivates, and creates a strong bond between memory and content. After all, you could easily recite the plot of your favorite childhood book to a friend, but you might struggle to regurgitate that listicle you read online yesterday.
Microlearning is a term used in digital learning that has garnered a lot of interest; all types of companies have implemented it as part of their learning programs. But that doesn’t mean that there won’t always be more to learn about this short, catching learning trend.
Think about the time you took the written test for your driver’s license: You were probably nervous, with the sweaty palms and weak knees to prove it. You might have felt unprepared because no matter how much you studied, you were left completely at the mercy of a pass or fail grade at the end for whether or not you got your certification.
In this day and age, people have what seems like infinite ways of communicating with each other but not all communication are created equal. For some texting is the way to go; for others, it’s keeping up that Snapchat streak; and sometimes you can’t beat an old-fashioned, handwritten letter. When it comes to your company, have you considered multimedia communication?
It’s the start of a new year, and with that comes new strategies, technologies, and a new resolve to improve L&D initiatives across the board. But we’re not the only ones making resolutions for an effective 2017: We reached out to 85 L&D pros across a number of different industries to see what their focus for 2017 would be and the results surprised us. Check out some of the most interesting findings and see if they align with your organization’s L&D goals.
When training initiatives aren’t successful, it’s easy to blame your budget. If only you’d had enough money, it would have had better results. But more often than not it’s not the size of your budget, but how you’re using what you’ve been given. Budgets have been an eLearning scapegoat for as long as eLearning has existed; unfortunately, more money won’t necessarily fix something that’s fundamentally broken. Instead, learn how to use what you have to increase training effectiveness.
If you love a good deal, the idea of purchasing off-the-shelf training programs for your company can definitely sound appealing. From a low per-person price to promises of big returns, a savvy shopper might be swayed into nabbing more generic content for the right price. But before you hand over your credit card, you should know that off-the-shelf eLearning isn’t always the best deal. For some organizations, it makes sense, but for many others with large numbers of employees—well, it could cost much more than anticipated.
As far as the education technology industry is concerned, there were a lot of years where it stayed on the backburner. While companies plowed their money into marketing or software, training was usually deemed sufficient with a few videos or a long-suffering module that hadn’t been updated in years.