What Is Soft Skills Training?

Soft skills

Organizations are facing a growing soft skills gap. Educational institutions and employers are placing a greater emphasis on technical skills than ever before, causing soft-skill development to fall behind. In our last article, we discussed the need for soft skills training in the workplace. Today, we want to dive a little deeper into what this training might include, and how to best administer … Read More

The Skills Gap – Why Soft Skills Training Should Be a Priority

Soft Skills

Today, emerging young professionals are experiencing increased pressure to develop and master their technical skillsets. Technical skills are also referred to as “hard skills.” They are specific, job-related skills that can easily be defined, taught, and measured. Unlike hard skills, soft skills are harder to define, quantify and teach. They include skills like time-management, communication, leadership, adaptability, etc.   The growing emphasis on … Read More

Enhance Your Organizational Learning Strategy with Gamification

Gamification, gamified learning, LMS, learning strategy, competition

Gamification continues to be a hot topic in the learning industry. It can transform boring, mundane courses into a fun, competitive and enjoyable experience for learners. If you are struggling to engage learners in your training material, you might want to consider implementing a gamified learning strategy into your LMS.  What is Gamification? Before we start, we want to make one thing clear. … Read More

The Risks of Employee Compliance Violations

non-compliance, compliance violation, compliance training, compliance program

Compliance is the process of making sure the employees at your organization are trained on the policies, standards, state and federal laws that apply to the business. Employee compliance violations can take a serious toll on your organization. In this blog, we will discuss the risks of non-compliance and how your organization can work to minimize these risks with comprehensive training programs. Financial Costs and Legal Consequences … Read More

Information Overload? Try Microlearning. 

microlearning, learning strategy, information overload

We live in a time and age of information overload. Information comes at us through a variety of channels – email, social accounts, television, meetings, etc. Sorting through this abundance of information can be tough when such a large portion of it is irrelevant. Remembering everything you have read, heard or seen is even harder. As humans, we have a limited capacity to store information in our short-term memory. This … Read More

Why LMS User Experience Should Be A Top Priority

User Experience UX LMS

User experience (UX) is a very important element of a learning management system (LMS). If you are in the market for a new LMS, UX should be at the top of your priorities list. In this blog, we are going to discuss how UX affects the learners, administrators, and your organization’s bottom line. What Is LMS User Experience (UX)? UX … Read More

Onboarding Remote Workers

Onboarding remote workers

Remote working is on the rise. In fact, analysts are predicting that 50% of the workplace will be working remotely by 2020. It’s not that surprising when you take the benefits into consideration. Remote working eliminates commuting time and geographical constraints, minimizes stress and overhead costs, positively impacts the environment and work-life balance. Although there are great benefits to remote … Read More

A Shift Towards More Frequent Performance Reviews

Performance Reviews, Frequent Feedback, Frequent Check-ins

Employees (and frankly most leaders) dread annual performance reviews. Since they have historically placed a heavy emphasis on financial rewards, they cause stress and anxiety to employees, decreasing productivity. A study conducted by Deloitte revealed that 58% of executives believe that their current performance management approach neither drives employee engagement nor higher performance. Today, more than two-thirds of US organizations … Read More

Blending Online Learning with Instructor-Led Training

Blended learning, online learning, instructor-led

As we dive into the new year, learning and development professionals can’t help but wonder about the future of our industry. Although instructor-led training (ILT) still is core to many organization’s development programs, some wonder if in-person training will become a thing of the past. With advancements in modern organizational learning technology, we can actually improve in-person training by implementing … Read More

Connecting the Employee Lifecycle

Employee Lifecycle

The employee lifecycle includes the stages where organizations can intervene to impact the employee experience. Some organizations don’t have a clear definition of what happens between onboarding and departing. We believe in defining the stages of the employee lifecycle and connecting each stage. Defining the Employee Lifecycle We define the employee lifecycle as consisting of attracting talent, hiring, onboarding, engaging … Read More