What Recruiters Want from Training Programs

November 7, 2016

Here’s a concept that shouldn’t come as a shock: In order to perform better, people need on-the-job-training. They need the knowledge, tools and resources to be more effective and skilled at their jobs. And this rule applies to any position – especially recruiters.   Being a recruiter isn’t easy. Talent acquisition is hard work. It’s…

Read More

Roadmap to Success: 5 Considerations in Selecting the Right LMS

October 27, 2016

Whether you’re a first-time buyer, or a seasoned learning and development expert looking for new technology, selecting a learning management system (LMS) is no small task.   According to Forrester Research, the $5 billion LMS market is continuing to grow for several reasons – a new workforce is driving new learning approaches, companies are continuing…

Read More

Understanding the Needs of Your Learning Audience

October 26, 2016

In his milestone 2005 paper, Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age, George Siemens expands on the theory of “connectivism” as it relates to learning and knowledge management. While much of the attention from this paper has focused on the importance of networks as a theory of learning, perhaps an equally important takeaway is…

Read More

How Managers Can Become Career Agents

October 18, 2016

The concept of a career agent isn’t new or novel. At some point or another, everyone has worked alongside a career agent. You know the type: The great managers of people in your organization that genuinely care about the future of their colleagues. They not only know their employee’s career goals; they do everything in…

Read More

Gut vs. Facts: Intuition is good, but data is better

October 13, 2016

How often do you rely on your gut instinct to make decisions? You know, that feeling deep, deep down inside telling you something is right or wrong. Should you go on a second date? Will driving a different route during rush hour get you to your destination faster? Is left over sushi from three days…

Read More

Abra Cadabra, You’re a Manager!

October 11, 2016

Ask any HR manager responsible for conducting exit interviews and they will tell you that poor employee management is a leading factor in retention issues and employee dissatisfaction. “People don’t leave their companies, they leave their manager,” says study after study. So why do organizations still rely on magical thinking when it comes to promoting…

Read More

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Continuous Learning

October 6, 2016

The desire to continuously learn, grow and improve ourselves is a fundamental part of who we are. It’s engrained in each and every one of us. Dan Pink, the author of Drive, calls this concept our intrinsic motivation, which is our internal drive to do a job well because it matters to us on a…

Read More

Eat, Drink and Be Merry Your Way to a Sharper Brain

September 21, 2016

Look in on any college classroom or lecture hall and you’ll see students diligently tapping away on laptops and tablets as they take notes on the day’s lecture (and of course not messaging friends or surfing the web). Conventional wisdom says this is far more efficient and effective than the “olden days” of notebook and…

Read More

Getting Change to Stick Starts With Training

September 13, 2016

More often than not, humans will put up a fight when asked to make a change. Change doesn’t feel natural and it certainly isn’t easy. Given 70% of major change initiatives fail, it’s understandable that we have the instinct to run for the hills when presented with a major change management project. They usually fail and…

Read More

Customer Success is a Team Sport

September 6, 2016

Like many sports fans, I became wrapped up in the recent Olympics. I can’t explain why, but when the Olympics roll around, I find myself on the edge of my seat watching sports more than usual.  Typically, I pass over any ordinary game, opting to watch an old episode of Seinfeld.  During the Olympics, I was…

Read More

Back to the grind: Understanding what motivates high-performers

August 31, 2016

Summer and the long days of sunlight are winding to a close. Your employees are finishing up the last of their summer vacations of beach days, mountain hikes, over-shopping and Netflix binging. On that first Monday morning after vacation, who among your employees is waking up at the first sound of the alarm (or even…

Read More

Back to school, Back to learning

August 25, 2016

It’s that time of year! Across the country, students are heading back to school (and parents are rejoicing!). With new backpacks, supplies and books in tow, students are ready to kick off the school year. The long days of summer might be winding down, but there’s no denying there’s a certain refreshing energy in the air this…

Read More

I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want

August 23, 2016

Has employee loyalty become an oxymoron? Engagement and retention surveys show many employees – especially Millenials – don’t plan to stick around much longer than a couple of years. The Deloitte 2016 Millenial Survey found that 44 percent of those who have been at a job for two years would quit if given the choice. …

Read More

Challenging the always-on workforce

August 16, 2016

When was the last time you left the office and didn’t check your email for the rest of the day? If the most recent CareerBuilder survey is an indication, it’s probably hard to remember. The numbers don’t lie:   3 in 5 workers believe the 9 to 5 workday is a thing of the past,…

Read More

Celebrating Work BFFs

August 8, 2016

In case you missed it (ICYMI!) the first Sunday of the month of August is International Friendship Day. Chances are you probably saw a lot of sappy social media posts celebrating the occasion with close friends and family. Whether or not you like Hallmark holidays, I always think it’s important to take the time out of…

Read More

Tips on Creating Development Plans for High-performing Individuals

August 4, 2016

You know the drill. There are high-performing individuals moving up the ranks. You’ve had the succession planning meeting; they have huge potential. Now comes the hard part: You need to figure out how to continue to develop these people over time. Not only that, but you need to get managers on-board and committed to their…

Read More

Why people quit (and how you can fix it!)

August 2, 2016

Brace yourself: 76% of full-time employed workers are either actively looking for or are open to new job opportunities. The job market wasn’t what it was five, ten years ago. People have options. If they’re unhappy, disengaged or bored at work, they can look elsewhere for a new, more challenging and more fulfilling gig.  …

Read More

What Employees Want from On-boarding

July 27, 2016

Starting a new job feels like drinking out of a fire hose. There’s a whole lot of new being thrown at you all at once. New information, technologies and processes to learn, not to mention all the new names and faces to remember! New employees can feel overwhelmed and lost during their first few days,…

Read More

Confessions of a Workaholic: How to Take a Step Back and Enjoy Time Off

July 19, 2016

I just got back from vacation and was so proud of myself that I only looked at my computer a few times during the week. As crazy and neurotic as that sounds, it is major progress! I know I am a workaholic. Being called a “workaholic” is not a compliment, but I would be lying…

Read More

3 Tips to Make More Time for Learning

June 28, 2016

In any given week, employees dedicate about 1% of their time to learning and development. I did the math, during the average 40-hour workweek only 24 minutes can be carved out for learning. Yet, learning and development consistently rank as top priorities for both employers and employees.   People want to learn; they want to take…

Read More