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Soft skills beat software: Why humans will be the future of tech

soft skillsIt powers the homes we live in; it gets us to and from the office; it allows you to read this article. It’s technology and it’s everywhere. Next to no other sector can compete with the booming growth the world has seen of the tech industry. This development didn’t come from nowhere, however. It has been powered by the hard-working and creative innovators that continue to pursue new heights and break new borders. These individuals have always been at the heart of the industry but have recently begun to be recognised as more than coding machines and data analysers but as the people that through their drive, imagination and emotional intelligence will secure the future of technology. The tech industry is beginning to realise the value and necessity of soft skills and human interaction, not just internally but externally and is continuing to put people more at the core of everything they do, and it’s about time.   (more…)

7 ways to measure the ROI of soft skills learning initiatives

Measuring ROIAlthough many L&D professionals know and argue that businesses cannot afford not to invest in the soft skills development of their employees, budgets, especially surrounding soft skills learning initiatives, are all too often the first to be cut. This lack of funding is frequently caused by the difficulty of proving an ROI of soft skills versus hard or technical skills.

Here are some examples of areas you can measure to prove just how impactful soft skills are to a business. (more…)

6 critical skills for new managers

new manager trainingWhether promoted internally or hired externally, employees transitioning to management are met with new challenges, new responsibilities, new relationships and, most importantly new skills. Although there is an unmistakable need for quality training, when it comes to developing the soft skills that are crucial for leaders, new managers are some of the most neglected individuals in business (1). Many companies are just not focused on training the individuals who are meant to be leading their teams. Lack of soft skills training means many managers are not set up for success in their roles with 60% of new managers underperforming in their first two years on the job (2). Investing in soft skills training of new managers is not just crucial to the success of these leaders but of their teams and the organisation as a whole. 

Great leaders aren’t born, they’re made and here are 6 essential soft skills that new managers should be trained on.   (more…)

8 vital steps for an easy to use eLearning platform

easy to use learning platformImagine for a moment trying to keep up with the daily tasks of the workplace whilst also investing in your personal development. You’ve set time aside to improve your time management skills using your company’s learning platform. It takes you nearly 10 minutes to figure out how to log in and access the system. Next, it takes you several minutes to find anything related to time management. Now you can’t seem to open the relevant content. Your excitement wavers and you give up.  (more…)

How to make your learning platform feel like a consumer product

netflix of elearning Many L&D professionals struggle to ensure that employees are engaged in their eLearning programmes. In fact, this is often the reason that so many eLearning initiatives end up failing shortly after onboarding [1]. Learners’ lack of engagement in their own training is often caused by the platform through which their organisation provides training tools.

HR and L&D managers can learn from consumer products and provide their learners with training materials with a look and feel they are familiar with, which not only engages but encourages retention and proactive learning. (more…)

6 ways Bookboon makes L&D managers’ lives easier

landdmanagerWhen my brother and I started Bookboon, we had a vision to make learning more accessible, practical and effective, giving people the right personal development content and tools to keep growing throughout their professional careers. This is still at the core of everything we do at Bookboon and everything we plan on doing.  

To empower professionals to succeed, we need to make it easy for L&D teams to bring that content and those tools to their co-workers. That’s why we developed our corporate eLibrary – with currently over 1,700 eBooks on soft skills and personal development – in a way that not just focuses on the usability for end users but also making it effortless for L&D managers to implement and maintain.   (more…)

Why eLearning is a modern fit for the 70-20-10 model  

70-20-10 modelThe 70-20-10 model is an established approach to how we learn at work, and it is used in many organisations all over the worldAlthough it is almost 40 years old, the model is still applicable today and certainly not something the learning industry should leave in the digital dust of eLearning.    (more…)

How to strengthen your young employees’ communication skills  

learning and developmentAs 2019 begins, organisations find themselves at a strange time in terms of how information is exchanged. Despite being more digitally connected than ever, young employees are beginning to lose touch with one of their most fundamental human skills: communication. By making it too easy to be virtually social, millennials are losing the ability to connect and communicate in the real world and in the workplace – something they simply can’t afford to lose as they begin their careers. What young employees need from their managers now, more than ever, is access to the tools that will help them actively improve their interpersonal skills.   (more…)

How to effectively use eBooks in workplace training

eBooks TrainingIn the past, workplace training programmes have centered mainly on lengthy courses and workshops. They were expensive, time-consuming and difficult to arrange. However, due to the numerous benefits of digitalisation professionals are beginning to place a greater emphasis on digital tools such as eBooks to further their training strategies.  

There are many advantages to using eBooks for training purposes, but these benefits could become amplified if you use them effectively. Here are a few simple ideas that will enable you to get the best results from eBooks in your workplace.   (more…)

Three ways new tech is changing L&D

Technological innovation never stands still, and the benefits that new ideas are bringing to the world of learning and development are increasing every day. Over the course of 2019, we can expect to see a range of exciting new tech aimed at improving efficiency across the sector.  

Innovation aimed at learning and development professionals ranges from new takes on digital learning, to HR tech which could be able to predict potential skills gaps before they happen. Take a look at three ways we could see tech transforming learning and development over the coming year.   (more…)