The workplace in 2016 is a different world from 2006. It can be claimed that some workplaces had too many employees. Yet today, we function with far fewer people. Soft skills, therefore, are much more important than ever as we require a diverse range of skills and flexibility. The delegation was once the exclusive preserve of the supervisor or manager. Today though, we all need to identify when we have too much work and encouraging others to help. Previously, and perhaps out of politeness, employees fear to ask for help. Bookboon has an effective solution to encouraging delegation…
A sound internal training and development scheme is important for every company if it wants to maintain an excellent workforce – and employees are usually grateful if you, the HR manager, or you, the people manager, offer them opportunities to develop their skills. However, there’s a catch… (more…)
We accept that meetings are a normal part of business life. They are necessary for communication, for directions and decision-making. Yet it seems we attend too many meetings. They run on too long and a growing consensus is that they are rather a waste of time. Does this describe your business? If so, you may need to think about how it conducts meetings. The meeting management skill is one of the soft skills for managers and decision makers.
You don’t want to stop holding meetings, but you do need to cut back and make them more efficient? Bookboon can help you achieve efficiency by helping you to improve your meeting skills. (more…)
We all know that soft skills such as empathy, teamwork and interpersonal communication help deliver tangible results for business success. However, it is also arguable that productivity is, in itself, an important soft skill. But how do you as a business get the best out of your employees? How do you encourage your employees to improve their day-to-day performance? It may be difficult to quantify something so seemingly difficult to define, but you can do it with the carrot and without resorting to the stick. Bookboon has a solution and here, we show you how! (more…)
It seems that the office has become a stressful place for everyone. Now, more than ever, a business needs all of its employees to pull together to ensure the success of the company. The dog-eat-dog world of yesteryear is now counterproductive to growing your business. In its place is the soft skill mentoring. Senior and more experienced employees need to step out of the bubble of their own tasks and help others around them. (more…)
Of all the workplace soft skills, none is more important to harmony than forgiveness. Your business simply cannot function when ongoing friction hinders performance. You would think that employees could simply move on after an argument. Although they do most of the time, sometimes it does not happen that way. Learning to forgive and forget is something you can encourage, even teach. Thankfully, Bookboon has the solution to overcoming friction in the office – no matter how long an argument has been going on. (more…)
Albert Einstein once said “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new”. Making mistakes is how we grow as people, as businesses, and as a society. Yet we have become fearful of failure – either through mistakes or life’s curveballs. We expect to succeed – all the time. Subsequently, we fail to take the right lessons from mistakes and things not going our way. We are simply not resilient enough. But there is a solution to low resilience in the workplace… (more…)
The question of face-to-face vs. e-learning is not always either or. Online learning has made inroads in recent years. However, it is difficult to fully replace face-to-face training. In many cases, blended learning programs should be used to overcome the limitations of face-to-face instruction and expand the overall learning experience. (more…)
The corporate eLearning landscape is finally picking up pace.
As electronic learning grew with the rise of the internet during the 90’s, so did the hope that soon we could all ‘tap into the Matrix’ and learn to speak Mandarin in 30 minutes. In reality, no matter how fast we innovate, it takes years before new and better applications are widely used or accepted. (more…)
The Bookboon+network in Africa.
A few weeks ago we have published an article to showcase the situation for students in SA and Africa.
Amidst ongoing conflict and violent debate around the cost of tertiary education in South Africa, radio personality Jenny Crwys Williams has joined forces with Bookboon to give students free access to textbooks and key learning resources. She has been appointed patron of the Bookboon+network in Africa, which looks to address the cost barrier of traditional textbooks with a technology enabled, corporate supported model. (more…)