3 Ways to Give Your Employees Content They’ll Actually Use

Posted by Cortney Peters on Jul 29, 2016 5:32:13 PM

You have a lot of great things to share with your employees, most of which help them immensely with their jobs. No matter how useful the content is that you’re trying to share, if it isn’t in the right format or delivered in the right way it isn’t going to get nearly as much use.


But as generations are colliding in the workforce, how can you determine what the “right way” actually is? Based on a survey we conducted last year, we concluded that the current workforce generations (Boomers, Gen X, Millennials) are split on how they prefer to consume information. But one thing was certain across generations: 94% of our respondents said they expected digital access to accompany printed work materials. Even further, 99% of our Millennial respondents agreed as well. (To download the survey infographic, click here.)


By 2020, 75 percent of your workforce will be Millennials. But the other generations are still there! If you want to give your employees content that they will actually use, there has to be a compromise. When it comes to valuable content, that compromise is known as flexibility.


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Topics: Corporate Learning

7 Reasons Your Corporate Training Isn’t Working

Posted by Cortney Peters on Jul 27, 2016 2:44:51 PM


Training is a simple concept, but it requires complex and robust execution. Organizations spend lots of time, energy, thought and money building up their training programs, but often times they still fail in a number of ways. The lack of feedback and data can make it daunting to continue to earn funds for your program, and makes proving the ROI of your training nearly impossible.


If you think your training program just isn’t working, you probably have one of these 8 pitfalls exposed in your model. Try analyzing which of these problems is occurring in your training program in order to find the right plan to attack it! 

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Topics: Corporate Learning

6 Ways to Make Your Online Training More Effective

Posted by Cortney Peters on Jul 5, 2016 12:28:50 PM

There is a developing shift of focus for companies large and small all over the nation. The shift is a growing emphasis and focus on the training and learning/development of employees. The result of fully-prepared employees is proving lucrative in more than one way, making training, online training, in particular, a hot topic in the corporate world. Companies continue to spend massive amounts of budget on their employee training, but without implementing reporting or analytics to understand if and how the information is being used/applied to the job.


While the idea of ongoing training seems like something that is easy to implement, it can be difficult to track and analyze consumption, among other issues. To make your online training program more efficient, try these six tips for better reaching your employees and helping to prove the ROI of your training and more.

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Topics: Corporate Learning

Top 5 Things Millennials Expect to Find in an Employer

Posted by Cortney Peters on Jun 1, 2016 2:30:00 PM


As you already have heard, Millennials are changing everything we used to think about employment. This generation has such unique attributes and preferences that naturally predetermined a shift in US employment history. Now, most Baby Boomers are at or nearing retirement age, which means there are a lot of shoes left to fill. Who’s going to fill them?

By 2020, 75 percent of the American workforce will be Millennials.

Not only that, but this generation is also very value-driven; if their values don’t align with their employers they are likely to jump ship. We’re talking about a generation that embraces “Carpe Diem” in a real way- they believe life is short and they need to make the most of it with each passing day. If they aren’t happy in their job, they will leave.

So what’s an employer to do? Millennials will soon make up most of their staff, yet they’re the likeliest to leave when they aren’t happy. The answer seems clear, make them happy.

Try giving these rights to your Millennials, and you’re on a track to their happiness.

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Topics: Corporate Learning

5 Common Barriers to Effective Corporate Learning

Posted by Cortney Peters on May 24, 2016 2:30:00 PM

While good intention is usually present when it comes to corporate learning and development, execution doesn’t always happen the way we plan. Unforeseen inhibitors can sneak in and make things more difficult for learners and administration. Knowing what barriers exist within corporate training is an important step to overcoming them.


We’ve developed a list of five of the most common barriers to learning and development, so you can spot and solve them before they become a huge problem.

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Topics: Corporate Learning

7 Ways to Finding the Best Mobile Learning Resource

Posted by Cortney Peters on May 20, 2016 4:10:41 PM

While there are many systems to support your corporate learning and development needs, they are not all created equal. But how do you know what the right one is for your company’s needs? If you’re like most busy professionals, you want to take your training mobile without starting a year-long implementation process or re-writing massive amounts of content. There just isn’t enough time in the day to start that kind of commitment. But that doesn’t mean you should have to skip on features to save on time.


We’ve come up of a list of features and benefits that you should look for when selecting a mobile learning resource. If a mobile resource has all of these then you know you’ve got a good one!

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Topics: Corporate Learning

Closing the Training Gap Requires the Right Performance Support

Posted by Cortney Peters on May 17, 2016 4:00:15 PM

If your organization is falling victim to the dreaded training gap, then you’re in need of some agile performance support. The training gap exists somewhere between what employers expect their employees to take from training, and what they actually do. And the gap is much bigger than you might think; according to an infographic from Shift eLearning, only 12% of learners apply skills garnered in training to the actual job.


This problem is experienced across all organizations, and can be a huge source of stress, angst, and counter-productivity. In fact, 70 percent of organizations today rate “capability gaps” as one of their top five biggest challenges. Even worse, this problem can be really tough to recognize and remedy without the right tools.

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Topics: Corporate Learning

How to Maximize the Effectiveness of Instructor-Led Training

Posted by Cortney Peters on May 16, 2016 4:08:58 PM

While online training and mobile learning continue to catch the attention of organizations everywhere, instructor-led training (ILT) still holds its spot as a valuable and lucrative way to train. 47% of training done everywhere is still instructor-led, while 25% is online-only. A blended approach is the perfect marriage between ILT and online learning, and has been a sought after form of training for its ability to increase benefits for both administrator and learner.


Even though we still find success in ILT, it continues to be a challenge for training administrators to maximize the value of their ILT meanwhile proving its ROI and that your learners are prepared in their jobs. Here are a few ways we think that ILT could become more valuable in your organization, all of which prompt a blended approach.

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Topics: Corporate Learning

How Long Does It Take to Create Your Own eBook?

Posted by Cortney Peters on May 13, 2016 5:47:21 PM

Have you ever wondered what it would cost or how much time it would take to create your own eBook? You probably have many pieces of content trapped in various formats that you might want to combine to make a usable resource.


Take for instance, your corporate training. We’d be willing to bet you have hundreds of pieces of content to use for training, whether it’s articles, self-authored materials, manuals, and more. But where do they live when they aren’t being used?

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Topics: Corporate Learning

6 Tips for Engaging the Distracted High School Student

Posted by Cortney Peters on Feb 24, 2016 4:11:08 PM

The distracted high school student isn’t always easy to spot. Sometimes, it can be the student who is passing, doing acceptable work, but who just isn’t grasping or retaining what they’ve learned. Often, students will do what it takes to pass their classes, but don’t leave with the fundamental messages the teacher intended for them.


So what is the key factor that distinguishes perceived success from actual knowledge retention? Student engagement. We all know that it takes student engagement for learners to fully grasp what they’re learning, but engaging each and every student can feel near impossible.


Consequently, if the students aren’t engaged, then they will likely not be grasping the material for long-term use. They will do the bare minimum needed to pass the class, and leave without fully understanding the breadth of what they've been taught.


Engaging students, however, is a tricky thing to do- especially in high school. Social implications, sports, and extracurricular activities can take precedence over school work at times, and makes engaging students really tough. So we’ve developed a list of six ways to better engage the modern, distracted high school student to ensure that learning is conducive to success.

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Topics: K12

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