6 Ways That Successful Leaders Reduce Life's Stress

Posted by Cortney Peters on Dec 10, 2015 5:00:00 PM

Stress, anxiety, worry can all come from the average day’s work for a leader, but learning how to cope is why they’ve been so successful in their jobs. Everyone who suffers any kind of stress (and I would bet we all do) knows that there has to work/life balance, and sometimes they work so hard they forget about the life part.

 

Leaders are successful for their ability to find useful ways to relieve and reduce the stress they face in their lives. The following are six ways today’s modern leaders historically deal with stress.

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3 Reasons You Should Personalize Your Training Program Right Now

Posted by Cortney Peters on Dec 9, 2015 2:24:35 PM

Before this age of technology and connectivity, for years corporations everywhere have taken a “one size fits all” approach to their training programs. Meaning, they design and develop a training program once, then use the same one for an indefinite amount of time until cause for another.

 

Now, it’s nearing the year 2016, and our tech seems to have changed…well, everything. That’s including the way we learn, interact with our employers, and develop work expectations.

 

Today’s college grads are of a different makeup than ever before. Most of them are the tail-end of Gen X, the thick of Millennials, and the slow introduction of Gen Z. Since they’ve all experienced the impact of the rise of technology in their respective generation, they are a collective group that is unique to history.

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6 Ways to Encourage Your Employees to Become Lifelong Learners

Posted by Cortney Peters on Dec 7, 2015 3:21:08 PM

The most motivated, proactive employees are almost always those with the most confidence and work ethic, the employees that the others emulate. But where do they find this untethered confidence to succeed?

 

Often, the most confident workers are those who have received the proper training and obtained the required knowledge to own their jobs. This type of employee is what we consider a “lifelong learner” because they value learning and consistently use it to their advantage in the workplace.

 

If you’re a leader seeking to encourage a stronger culture of learning within your workplace, then these are the top six ways to promote lifelong learning.

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How to Nimbly Fill in the Gaps Left by Your LMS

Posted by Cortney Peters on Dec 3, 2015 3:07:30 PM

A learning management system (LMS) is a software application for the delivery of e-learning content and the administration of training programs.   It is a primary system in  most Learning & Development organizations. An LMS  usually provides  features like assessment and testing, and many now allow learners access to the systems from mobile devices.

 

While  an LMS is a critical system,  there are some important things an LMS does not do well,  that other software can. This is why many organizations couple their LMS with other systems that fill in these gaps.

 

For example, there are several benefits to using digital and mobile delivery software in conjunction with your LMS:

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3 Benefits of Strong Employer-Employee Relationships to Be Thankful For

Posted by Cortney Peters on Nov 26, 2015 1:30:00 PM

If you have worked hard to develop great relationships with your employees, then that is truly something to be thankful for. Positive relationships between managers and employees can transform a workforce - improving loyalty, productivity, engagement, and as a result employee retention.

 

Developing a beneficial relationship with your employees is a display of inherent leadership, because it’s a focus on building up the people around you to grow and eventually become leaders themselves. This new idea of leadership that focuses more on collaboration and encouragement than just giving orders, is a key to developing and maintaining strong relationships with your employees.

 

So what are the benefits of these strong relationships to your organization?

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5 Ways to Encourage Employee Retention with Training Methods

Posted by Cortney Peters on Nov 25, 2015 3:02:49 PM

One of the biggest focuses of any company is the hiring and even more importantly, the retaining, of top-notch talent. People have come up with many ways to retain the talent that they work so hard to find, and there are some ways that are obvious like great pay, benefits, and flexible scheduling.

 

But have you ever considered the impact that your training program could have on retention? Maybe not, since sometimes it doesn’t seem like training is highly-regarded by your employees, but we’re here to tell you that it is.  67% of learners say that employer-provided learning opportunities are either important or extremely important to their overall job satisfaction.

 

Beyond that, over 61% of work-related training is initiated by the employees, whereas only 39% was required by the employer. This proves once again that employees want and expect to have workplace learning opportunities frequently and to promote their overall job satisfaction.

 

Since corporate learning plays such an important role in job satisfaction, we’ve developed a list of 5 training ideas that will have a positive effect on retention.

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What Do Corporate Learners Really Want from Training?

Posted by Cortney Peters on Nov 21, 2015 1:30:00 PM

XanEdu recently conducted a survey of corporate employees that revealed common trends, learning preferences, and general preferences of today’s learners. Overall, we found two compelling takeaways:

 

  • Learners WANT and EXPECT to be trained and will do whatever it takes to learn work-related information
  •  Learners WANT and EXPECT flexibility in how they consume their training materials.
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3 Essential Training Tasks That Your LMS Can’t Support

Posted by Cortney Peters on Nov 19, 2015 5:43:55 PM

Today, most organizations have a Learning Management System (LMS) to facilitate some parts of their corporate training. LMS’s are effective and helpful in organizing, hosting self-paced training and reporting on compliance. These systems are evolving rapidly to meet the needs of the modern corporate training world, but try as they might, there are still some essential things that an LMS just isn’t built to do.

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Just-in-Time Learning is Your Employees’ Performance Support Ally

Posted by Cortney Peters on Nov 18, 2015 6:20:00 PM

Are your employees using their training materials after ILT courses conclude?

 

Normally, the training guides or binders that accompany instructor-led training courses are trapped in print, and not readily available when employees attempt to recall that information on-the-job. Opportunities to answer questions or solve problems in a workday are minimized when learners cannot access their materials for reference during that vital time of need.

 

If you offer mobile and digital access to your training content, you are providing “just-in-time” learning for your employees to rely on during critical need. This turns a cell phone or tablet into an instant resource for quick referencing, that is on-hand whenever and wherever your employees need them.

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Try Adding Informal Learning to Your Tool Bag of Training Methods

Posted by Cortney Peters on Nov 14, 2015 2:03:49 PM

Your organization most likely delivers lots of Instructor Led and eLearning courses… but do you have an on-going or informal training program?  Ongoing & informal training is a great way to keep your employees up to date with company/product changes and to keep their skills sharp. Sometimes, it can be difficult to allow time for this type of informal learning that fits into everyone’s schedule and that resonates with employees.

 

To ensure your employees are practicing ongoing learning and to save your company some money on formal training and conference expenses, we’ve come up with a list of 5 ways you can actively encourage ongoing learning for little cost.

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