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How to let introverted employees bloom

Did you know that roughly one third of the world’s population are classed as introverts? That’s a huge number! Quite simply, this means that a third of people tend to exhibit similar characteristics when it comes to social interaction. Introverts often think carefully before talking, prefer their own company to being in a large group, and tend not to speak up in meetings.

They will also avoid confrontation at all costs, and can have difficulty saying ‘no’ – particularly at work! However, when it comes to business, introverts have a unique range of strengths which are all too easy to overlook. (more…)

Why you need to tailor L&D strategies to modern ways of thinking

It’s no secret that the modern brain works in a distinct way. On the whole, our attention spans are more limited, we’re short on time and we find bite-size pieces of information the easiest to digest.  

Employees now spend just “1% of their time on learning and development.” (1) So, efficiency is crucial. The most effective learning solutions are those which are tailored to the way modern brains work, and that’s why learning and development professionals really need to take the time to understand the best ways in which to share information with employees.  

It’s time to update traditional ways of learning. Here are five reasons to challenge the norm when it comes to learning strategies, in order to provide more effective learning solutions for the modern workforce.   (more…)

Getting the most out of extroverted employees

All workplaces are full of many different types of personalities, with each bringing their own unique strengths and skill sets to the table. Most noticeably, you’ll often see a proportion of employees best described as ‘extroverts’, as well as many who you would call ‘introverts’ and ‘ambiverts’. Each personality type is crucial to the smooth running of any business, but today we’re going to focus on extroverts.  (more…)

Four ways to improve your team’s motivation

There’s no disputing the fact that motivation matters. Motivation is hugely important, both on a personal level and within the workplace. It’s an essential tool for success. And of course there’s no denying the correlation between motivation and productivity.   (more…)

Measuring the ROI of L&D: what does success look like?

Before you commence any L&D initiatives in your workplace, it’s a good idea to think about what your overall goal is, and decide on what success would look like to your company. Being able to measure the ROI of L&D is incredibly important, and can ensure the continuing success of any L&D initiatives you put in place.   (more…)

Lack of soft skills is costing you business

In this digital age both businesses and individuals are increasingly forgetful about the power of good old-fashioned people skills.  

The fact of the matter is that all companies rely entirely on the people working within them, and that’s what determines their success. So, people skills really do matter, both internally and externally in business. Here are four key reasons why you need to think about people skills within your workforce.   (more…)

Reading is still the best way to learn

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that reading a book is one of the best ways to learn. However, digital innovations have brought with them new ways to absorb information and share knowledge, such as webinars, live courses and videos. So, is reading still the key way to learn new information, or could content such as video take over?   (more…)

Four ways the soft skills gap is affecting your business

The growing importance of soft skills in the workplace has been well documented. As recent generations have devoted more and more time and energy to the development of digital skills, we’ve seen a visible decline in the standard of soft skills. (more…)

Your learning strategy holds the key to improving your customer satisfaction

Whether during the sales process or afterwards, customers are happy and will feel positive towards your brand when they feel like they’ve been listened to, they understand the product, the services and related processes and any issues are dealt with quickly and effectively. (more…)

How to bridge the generation gap in the workplace

Much has been written about millennials in the workplace and the generation gap that exists in organisations between those that have grown up with digital technologies and those that haven’t. (more…)