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Use L&D to Build a Culture of Support For Your Business Strategy

Your learning and development programs can be an amazing source of support for your business strategy. They offer a way for leadership to nurture and shape the minds and culture of the employees who will be the foundation of the business in the coming years.


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Ready for Generation “Next”?

Your current team will not be your “forever team.” Co-workers, colleagues, and even supervisors come and go with time. It’s important to recognize that even though your team might seem mission critical, there will inevitably come a time when you have to dive into the talent pool and select some more eager workers to help you do business. Are you ready to onboard, nurture, and let the next generation of talent drive your success? Here are a few things you should know about the latest additions to the job market.


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How to Enhance the Productivity of Millennials in the Workplace

A certain amount of stigma is associated with the millennial generation that is now entering the workforce for the first time. Wisecracks about participation trophies and social media obsessions have negatively influenced the popular impression of the character of millennials. Older generations have expressed doubts regarding their attention span, work ethic, and sense of responsibility.


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3 Ways to Foster an Open Workplace Culture

Our world is more connected than ever. As a result of our latest technology, work is no longer confined to an office. We can email clients while in line for coffee and approve memos on the train. Promoting and continuing this culture of connectedness is now more important than ever in the workplace. Marc de Grandpre, Senior VP of marketing at KIND Healthy Snacks, asserts in a Forbes interview, “It is absolutely critical to have both an authentic and transparent work environment” in order to allow “brilliant ideas” to flow.


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7 Tips for Overcoming a Language Barrier in the Workplace

In today’s increasingly diverse society, it is almost guaranteed that there will be some degree of cultural discrepancy in the workplace. These differences can pose problems, especially when it comes to clear, accurate communication with those who don’t speak the same language. Because communication is crucial to the success of an office or workplace, it is important to have some techniques on hand to use when things get a little hard to convey.


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Best Practices for Hiring Top eLearning Professionals

The sudden interest in organizational learning and development in recent years has led to the creation of a flood of eLearning jobs in today’s market. In many ways, the market belongs to the L&D professionals, who can be selective about picking jobs that best suit their interests. On the other hand, this is also the perfect time to attract experienced and eager candidates to fulfill your company’s eLearning needs.


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Challenges (and Solutions) for Developing Global Workforce Training

With the past decade’s focus on the importance of employee learning, the training industry has grown significantly, and many companies are now faced with the challenge of developing large-scale training for a global workforce. This is excellent news for both companies and designers who develop their training—but designing for a multi-cultural, geographically expansive audience has its challenges. With such a diverse audience, is it possible to develop training that has a consistent impact for everyone? Let’s examine some of the challenges—and solutions—for a project of this magnitude.


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Conflict Management for Leaders

While we may wish for our organizations to run in perfect harmony, the truth is that a diversity of voices will inevitably give rise to conflict. And that’s not always a bad thing—in fact, conflict management isn’t simply about nipping disagreements in the bud. It’s about minimizing the negative impact of conflict (lower employee engagement and morale, decreased productivity) while drawing out the positive aspects (generating new ideas, creative problem-solving, opportunities for growth).


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The 4-1-1 on Section 508

The most important part of developing an online course is also the part most often overlooked: making the content equally available to all learners, including those who have disabilities that impact the way they use technology.


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Designing Culturally Inclusive Learning Environments

An inclusive learning environment is one in which every learner feels welcome, able to access and engage with course materials, and safe to express personal viewpoints. Because eLearning creates the possibility of a global classroom, with students representing many different cultures and backgrounds within a single course, inclusivity becomes both a necessity and an interesting challenge for online instructors. How can you facilitate a learning environment in which all voices are both able to be expressed and heard? How can the teaching materials accommodate everyone?


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5 Ways to Boost Employee Engagement

Roberta arrives at her workplace on time each morning, with an air of fresh energy. She says hello warmly to her colleagues before sitting down at her desk and beginning work. Before long, she is absorbed in her tasks, yet her energy never dissipates. After lunch, she attends a meeting, where she asks questions and writes down action items for follow-up. A coworker catches her in the hallway to ask a question, and she listens intently before replying.


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Building Organizational Well-being from the Ground Up

“Organizational well-being” is a term that’s tossed around in discussions about company success and longevity quite a bit these days, but it’s still a concept taken lightly by many companies—at a cost.


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12 Reasons to Support Teleworking

The recent announcement by Yahoo!’s CEO Marissa Mayer to curb teleworking has sparked a heated debate online about the pros and cons of telework. According to the TeleworkResearchNetwork.com, there were 3.1 million teleworkers in the U.S. in 2011, and by 2016, that number is expected to reach 4.9 million. Larger companies (Yahoo! notwithstanding) are more likely to allow telecommuting than smaller ones.


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Poor Writing Is No Laughing Matter

The title of Lynne Truss’ runaway bestseller Eats, Shoots and Leaves (Gotham Books, 2003) illustrates the impact of a wayward comma:

A panda walks into a café. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots into the air.
“Why?” asks the confused waiter, as the panda makes towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.
“I’m a panda,” he says, at the door. “Look it up.”
The waiter turns to the relevant entry and, sure enough, finds an explanation.
“Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves.”


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The 2020 Workplace: Predictions for the Next Decade

Although the global economy is still down and unemployment is still up, the global talent shortage will be acute by 2020. This and other findings are revealed in The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop, and Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today, by Jeanne Meister and Karie Willyerd (HarperCollins, May 2010). The authors discuss how members of five generations are combining to create a new workplace paradigm, one that requires an innovative approach to recruitment, reputation, responsibility, and learning.