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The Number One Reason Your Employees Are Complaining About Your Training

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 @ 04:14 PM


Your company has just upped the training budget and rolled out a new set of eLearning courses. You are upbeat and confident that these courses will help your employees be on top of their game. And then comes this shocker: the surveys reveal that your employees think your courses are not hitting the mark. They report not feeling motivated to take them. Worse, many amongst those who went through the training felt they wasted their precious minutes and hours. 

Can you fathom what went wrong? After all, you invested so much time, effort, and money into their development. It is natural for you to want to know before you launch a new set of training programs.

According to the findings of a study published in the latest 2016 CLO report, 45 percent of workers reported that the training they go through is not relevant to their job needs. This is a piece of statistic that will make every training manager around the world sit up, shudder, and wonder aloud, “Have we been creating and dishing out content worth hundreds and thousands of dollars for nothing?” 
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Topics: Employee Training

3 Signs Your Training Strategy Needs to Evolve

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 @ 12:03 PM


When was the last time you took a long hard look at your company’s training strategy? 

If employees forget things you taught them back in orientation or, worse yet, they’re leaving in droves to seek other opportunities — chances are your outdated training program needs to change, and fast.

So, how does your training strategy stack up? Is it stuck in time? Or are you keeping up with the ever-changing needs of today’s modern employee? Let’s find out.

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Topics: Employee Training

How to Turn Your Employees into Perpetual and Willing Learners

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 @ 12:28 PM


A fat paycheck? Yes, but not always.

The corner office within the next five years? Yes sure, but what about now?

401(k) plan. Health and dental insurance. Paid vacation. Well, these would be nice.

What do you think is the single biggest factor that motivates employees to recommend their company as THE place to work for young, ambitious people? According to Bersin by Deloitte’s research with Glassdoor, learning and career opportunities are accorded the highest priorities by employees.

Clearly, employees know that in an ever-changing and volatile workplace, there is only ONE way to make oneself indispensable. Keep growing. Keep learning. Innovate consistently.

Employees have not failed to learn from the examples around them. Companies like Yahoo, HMV, Blackberry, Kodak, Polaroid, and Blockbuster failed to keep up with the times. The result: they continued to lag till the day when they were forced to give up.

Innovation is the game-changer. It is true not only for organizations but also individuals. This is why companies are able to lure valuable employees away from their rivals with the promise of training opportunities.

As an HR or training professional, you have to keep your employees interested in working for the company by providing them with ample learning opportunities. They need to improve their skills, increase productivity, and be on top of their game, so your business can out-innovate its rivals, tide over disruptions, and respond to market changes.

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Topics: HR trends

4 Ways to Train the Overwhelmed Employee

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 @ 12:05 PM


They often forget dates and end up missing social engagements or the kid’s soccer matches. The smartphone rings, and they lose the thread of their thoughts. An email notification pops up, and they stop typing a report to send to their boss.

This is your average employee (and probably you feel identified too). This is how people work—answering phones in between drafting reports, updating Facebook statuses while writing codes, and attending sundry meetings in between their daily tasks.

Now would you be surprised if you knew that people usually forget 90 percent of what they learn within one week after the training event? (More stats here.) 

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Topics: HR trends

Important Lessons eLearning Professionals Can Learn From Design Thinking

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Sep 08, 2016 @ 12:23 PM


Why limit the benefits of design thinking to product development? This specialized way of thinking creates out-of-the-box solutions to problems when it comes to designing new products and services. It has shaken things up in the business world, and its methodology has proven to be useful and applicable to most industries.

Now it’s time to bring this method to the eLearning development realm! With design thinking, you’ll be able to analyze all processes and all users more thoroughly to get a well-rounded, integrated view of your course’s impact and how to optimize it.

Here are two of the most important lessons you can take away from design thinking:

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Topics: design trends, design thinking

Is Your Company Embracing Just-in-Time Learning?

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Sep 06, 2016 @ 12:30 PM


What is Just-in-Time Learning?

It is walking down to the desk of a more experienced co-worker to ask for a solution when you get stuck on a project. It is looking up Wikipedia when you come across a novel concept during your browsing sessions. It is calling up mom when you want advice on a recipe.

Just-in-time learning is having access to knowledge just when you need it. It is not having to wait till the public library opens or you can catch hold of a subject matter expert.

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Topics: HR trends

The Importance of Pre-Training Engagement

Posted by Janice Kersh on Thu, Sep 01, 2016 @ 12:00 PM


Why You Need to Prime Your Learners Before They Start Your Courses

You spend a lot of time focusing on engagement within your courses, and this is indeed critical. You need engagement when it comes to employee training, onboard learning, and all other types of courses. But, what you may be overlooking is how to engage learners before they begin these courses. This is why pre-training engagement is so important.

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Topics: corporate training

How to Engage Corporate Learners Using Psychology

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Why do you think brands spend fortunes on marketing surveys? Couldn’t they just go ahead and build something on a whim? No. That’s because brands are here for their customers. They have to not only create what their customers want but also design and package their products to appeal to the senses of their audience. 

As an eLearning designer, you are no different. You have to not only create learning that delivers a punch but also package your course to make it aesthetically pleasing for the learners. You want your learners to stick around with you. Right?
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Topics: eLearning design

Learning Is Not a One-Time Event! Promote Continuous Learning

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 @ 12:30 PM


In the ever-changing corporate world, where new technology one day becomes an ancient relic by the next, companies need to continuously train their employees.

The old days of training your workforce one time and then never develop their skills and knowledge again? Those days are fading fast into the sunset.

"Employees who don’t spend at least 5 to 10 hours a week developing new skills will obsolete themselves with the technology,” AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said earlier this year

In response to this, companies are looking for ways to bring continuous learning into their workplaces. 

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Topics: Continuous Learning

Things You Should Know to Succeed at Gamification for Corporate Learning

Posted by Karla Gutierrez on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 @ 12:00 PM


Yes, gamification is BIG right now in the eLearning and training industries. Yes, it’s effective in engaging participants. Yes, everyone is doing it. However, this shouldn’t be the only reason to incorporate gamification into your HR programs.

In order to gamify eLearning courses successfully take these points into consideration before slapping on a point system and calling it a day: 

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Topics: gamification

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