Each fall, retailers hire tens of thousands of workers as they staff up to handle Black Friday and the holiday shopping rush. Economists watch those hiring numbers closely as a leading indicator of holiday sales expectations and as a barometer of economic health in general. Here's a look at the overall hiring picture this holiday season. While it's clear that both hiring and sales forecasts have rebounded strongly from the recession dips of 2008 and 2009, it will likely be another year, or two, before they reach the pre-recession peak of 2006.
Black Friday Sales Predictions Uncertain, but Jobs Outlook is Rosier, from WalletPop (11/19/10)
If you've ever wondered whether or not the Army is just like World of Warcraft, the answer is: kinda. It turns out that all branches of the military are experimenting with some special form of virtual technology -- most of it still in the developmental stage -- with ever-increasing complexity and capabilities. Here are just a few examples:
How the Web is Re-Inventing Employee Training, from Fast Company (11/12/10)
The manner and means by which we learn have changed drastically over the past few years -- in the classrom and on the job. More and more, students and educators, and employees and managers are turning to online environments to experience a new kind of knowledge exchange. This graphic details the growth of that phenomenon, and the online channels it's tapping into the most.
How online training can benefit your brand, from BizReport (11/3/10)
Top 60 eLearning Posts for October 2010, from eLearningLearning (11/1/10)
October Review, from Jane’s Pick of the Day (10/31/10)
In recent years the Web has spawned a vast new platform for learning -- a wealth of new tools that organizations can use better train, engage, and share knowledge with (and among) employees. Businesses of all shapes and sizes are embracing the new methods -- and the growth of adoption is expected to continue for years to come. This graphic reveals the evolution of "e-learning" and what it means for managers, employees, and others.
Leonard Tancuan to lead product development for online training software company