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Are CEO's asking their L&D Managers the hard questions?

It’s no surprise that CEOs who are genuinely involved in the day-to-day, on-the-ground operations of their business have a greater impact on the overall success of their business, and that employees generally feel more respected, and will deliver greater results.

In the extensive 2016-17 report, ‘Unlocking Potential: Releasing the Potential of the Business and Its People Through Learning’, it’s reported that 72% of CEOs from high-performing companies believe the next three years will be more critical for their industry than in the last 50 years.

Topics: Executive Learning Strategy Learning and Development Engaging Learning

Positioning staff training as an employee benefit

It’s no secret that regular, continuous learning in organisations is critical. It’s important for every business to provide ongoing training for the implementation of new processes, to learn new technologies and systems, to create new strategies and improve customer service. When training is truly effective, productivity is increased, profits are boosted, and overall business performance is strengthened.

Topics: Executive employee benefit staff training

The secrets to selling and funding your learning initiative

 A common problem Workstar encounters with our clients and prospects is their inability to navigate their businesses fiscal and political maze, in order to get their initiative approved and in flight.

Listed companies are often hamstrung by the 12 month fiscal and market reporting cycle which leads to a focus on short term outcomes. Therefore initiatives with clear and rapid return on investment or a compelling reason, have a much higher chance of gaining the support needed internally to get funding.

Topics: Learning eLearning Case Study Funding Learning Initiatives ROI

Why it's essential to keep up with the changing learning landscape

According to leading Learning and Development analyst Josh Bersin, “the learning curve is the earning curve”, and he is absolutely right.

Over the last few years, investment in learning has surged, with an astonishing $US150 billion spent alone in the United States in 2014, and every year since 2008, more and more money has been invested on employee training globally.

Topics: Learning eLearning employee wellbeing changing learning elearning trends self development employee performance

7 ways eLearning makes face-to-face more training effective

We all know that a major part of a pilot’s training is to use a simulator to truly experience a multitude of realistic situations he or she will face up in the air. So, why don’t we allow every learner in any field the opportunity to mimic and take part in real challenges they are likely to encounter in their roles at work?    

Topics: Learning eLearning simulation training face to face training engaging training

How does "Working Out Loud" work?

Are you looking for further meaning, and therefore purpose in your work and life? Are you interested in reigniting your personal and professional passions? If so, perhaps you should start ‘working out loud’.

Now, before your imagination runs away with you, Working Out Loud isn’t about expressing your thoughts at every given opportunity during work. Instead, it’s a methodology coined by Bryce Williams and given a global push by John Stepper, combining conventional wisdom about relationships with modern methodologies to reach, engage and inspire people.

Topics: Working Out Loud Networking Share A Purpose Make A Connection Share A Need Make a Contribution Share Progress Celebrate Help

Benefits of integrating gamification into your training

With so much emphasis placed on superior customer service and on employees’ ability to execute their roles with high levels of problem solving skills, strategy, empathy and knowledge, effective training in the workforce is absolutely critical to the success of every company. While some businesses still rely on traditional training methods, such as presentations, lectures and formal examinations, research carried out in the United States demonstrates that learners only recall 10% of what they read and 20% of what they hear.If visuals accompany an oral presentation, that number increases to 30%, and if learners observe someonecarrying out an action while explaining it, the number increases again to 50%. However, “if learners do the job themselves, even if only as a simulation”, the figure jumps to an impressive 90%.
 
Topics: Learning Transform Learning eLearning training gamification

Tools for Transferring Soft Skills

It’s a fact few companies would dispute that training and learning in the workplace has been slow to embrace the digital technologies now critical for driving success in most other parts of their business.

There are many reasons for this. But generally, what it boils down to is the lack of consideration business managers and executives give to how better education correlates directly with competitive advantage.

And as we’ve explained in past blogs, the most important knowledge and skills in the workplace are the so-called ‘soft’ or ‘discrete’ skills. These include empathy, patience and being able to establish rapport.

Frustratingly for many companies, soft skills are often the hardest to convey. But it doesn’t need to be that way.

Today’s powerful, yet totally affordable, digital technologies such as smart phones, clever mobile and cloud-based apps, social media platforms and dramatically faster mobile networks have all served to level the playing field.

Today any organisation can harness the most cutting-edge technologies to ensure staff can absorb and retain more information faster, while doing so in ways that are more engaging and fun.

Let’s take a look at the top five.

Topics: Learning eLearning future of elearning mobile learning Digital Workplace training and education xAPI new technology training artificial intelligence machine learning mobile device soft skills technology trends

Getting the board on-board with eLearning

It’s taken for granted now that companies investing in new technology generally receive tangible business benefits.

Costs have come down sharply across the board as capabilities continue to soar in the other direction. Think about smartphones and mobile apps, big data and of course, the cloud. All have had a profoundly positive impact on the business world from delivering improvements in processes, customer service, collaboration, and even staff satisfaction and retention. Yet for surprisingly little expense.

Topics: Learning eLearning future of elearning mobile learning Digital Workplace training and education new technology training board strategy board

How mobile learning is completely reshaping the future of eLearning

With more mobile phones on Earth now than there are people, it’s clear that the vote is in when it comes to how people want to receive, consume and share information. 

Everything from social media, to entertainment and of course, work, is now centred around mobile.

For anyone involved in the areas of HR and corporate training, it’s now time to accept that ‘mobile’ is disrupting traditional ideas and approaches that have been in place for a very long time.

Topics: Learning eLearning future of elearning mobile learning