Category : employee-motivation

How Office Thermostat Wars Relate to Learning Preferences

Disagreed with a co-worker over the room temperature lately? If yes, did you decide to put on (or remove) an extra layer of clothing and grin and bear it? Or did you engage in a contest of wills for ultimate thermostatic control?

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4 Ways to Use Professional Development to Keep Your Employees

We are very excited to have a special guest author on blogging with us this week!

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5 Videos that Will Inspire Your Online Training Designs

I recently viewed the classic videos in 6 TED Talks That Anyone Designing Online Training Should Watch. The Talks inspired me to think of videos that are not directly related to training that nevertheless inspire me when I’m designing learning experiences.

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Why Mobile Learning is Here to Stay

This article, which covers reasons why you should consider mLearning as part of your overall learning strategy, is the first of a two-part series on m-Learning. The second article covers how to create mLearning programs, and what mLearning “looks like”.

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Motivate and Reward Learners with (Credible) Certificates

Last year, I had the opportunity to evaluate an industry certificate program with the intent of making it available to employees as a skill development program. My evaluation included completing an entire series of courses, at the end of which I received a certificate of completion. The certificate was automatically generated, and I was able to print it out as an official record that I completed the program. 

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Save Training for Employees Who Truly Need It

Too often, organizations settle for one-size-fits-all training. They simply don't have the time or money to create unique, customized programs for each learner. But the consequence is that they always seem to have a few people in each training session who really don't need to be there.

For instance, if, during your

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How to Win Over the Training Skeptics In Your Organization

As a chief performance officer, my job is to transform my company’s human capital into financial capital. I need to get employees to act on what they hear and learn during company educational programs. We do some great work supporting employees, helping them build emotional and personal connections to the workplace. But even still, one of my great frustrations is that sometimes people respond, and sometimes they just don’t.

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How a Learning Culture Builds a Key Competitive Advantage — Employee Accountability

I’m on the road a lot, so I tend to find myself in a lot of different Starbucks coffee shops. And while they all sort of look alike, someone like me can pretty easily spot the best shops where the baristas develop a relationship with and care for their customers, as opposed to the shops where everyone just seems to be going through the motions.

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The Art of the 30-Minute Meeting

I thought we all agreed that most of the meetings we attend are a waste of time. We discussed it in the halls, we sent IMs and emails to each other, and we snickered while the boss rambled on for 20 minutes about how hard he'd been working on that critical, can’t fail, top-priority, all-hands-on-deck, it-is-what-it-is, drop-everything-else-you're-doing-to-help-him-impress-the-VP project that no one seems to understand.

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A Few Words to Live by in 2012

For the start of a new year, I thought I would draft a letter you can use with your employees — a way to challenge them to be better in all that they do in 2012. If you like it, please feel free to use it (or edit it as you wish). I find this is also a good message to share with family. Have a happy and successful New Year.

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