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Why communication skills should be part of every L&D offering

Comunication skills

More than three-quarters of the average employee’s day is spent communicating with colleagues, clients, and management (1). That is an enormous portion of time that could either be beneficial or detrimental to a company depending on the effectiveness of the communication skills of its employees. Communication affects every area of business making effective communication is an in-demand skill for organisations regardless of industry.  

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The 7 benefits of digital learning

eLearning

As we enter the fourth industrial revolution, technology has changed many aspects of the modern workplace such as how we work, how we communicate and even how we plan our weeks. But it would appear that one vital component to professional life is lagging behind: learning.

Many companies know the benefits of a professional environment with a focus on upskilling and growth yet continue to only offer their employees learning and development opportunities through costly and time-draining classroom-based training rather than making learning more effective by combining it with digital learning.

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How to engage reluctant learners

The process of nurturing proactive, self-directed learning is not the same for every employee. For many reasons, such as lack of time, lack of awareness or lack of access to relevant learning content, some employees will be more reluctant to engage in their own upskilling than others. Luckily, there are a few steps L&D professionals can take to engage even the most reluctant employees, boost engagement rates and secure a positive ROI.  

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How to get more learning out of your L&D budget

When a company’s annual discussion about budget comes around, there is one department that tends to be among the first to be cut and that is Learning & Development. Try as they might to defend the countless benefits of L&D to budget holders, a tight or shrinking budget has become the norm for most learning professionals. However, those in charge of L&D have found a way to make the most of their budget by going digital. Switching to eLearning means that being short on expenses does not have to result in a lack of learning within a company.

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The top 7 digital learning mistakes

To keep up with the ever-changing world of tech, virtually every industry from banking to entertainment to travel to shopping has become increasingly digitalised and, naturally, the Learning & Development industry is on board as well. Over the past few years, L&D has seen a significant increase in usage of eLearning both replacing and blending with traditional face-to-face training. Although the benefits of digitalisation, such as cost-savings, learning at the point of need and a faster turnaround on skills, do outweigh the challenges, as with any type of substantial change, mistakes do happen.

Let’s have a look at the 7 most common eLearning mistakes L&D professionals should avoid.  

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8 ways to improve the quality of your L&D offering

When assessing the needs of an organisation, L&D professionals know that most companies have a gap in soft skills that needs to be filled by training and personal development. Encouraging employees to engage in their own soft skills development comes down to many factors but one of the most integral is that the content L&D professionals are providing to their employees is actually of a high quality.

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How to make millennials work

They are completing their degrees, applying for jobs and making their way into new positions in the office. They are millennials and by 2025, they will make up 75 percent of the global workforce (1). As many managers may have already recognised, this new age of educated, tech-savvy young people both work and learn differently than their generational predecessors. 

When it comes to learning, growing up with instant access to information, entertainment and a WikiHow resolution to every problem have made it understandably difficult for millennials to learn from traditional or long-form content.  

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Your staff aren’t quitting their jobs, they’re quitting their bosses

It has often been said that people do not quit a job, they quit a boss. A positive relationship between manager and employee is enormously valuable in determining company culture, employee motivation, workplace productivity, and business success.

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The 7 most essential soft skills for techies

There has long been a misconception surrounding the skills of those in tech roles. When depicted in entertainment they are shown as nerdy, brainiacs with little to no social skills. While it may be humorous on-screen, this incorrect depiction of employees in technical roles has caused real-life consequences for those working them. The idea that people in tech do not possess or need soft skills is not only present in the education systems that lack soft skills curriculums but in those in charge of hiring for companies as well.   

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7 Tips to offer employees actionable learning

The purpose of Learning and Development is to provide employees with the opportunity to learn new skills and develop current skills in order to apply them to both their workplace and their lives. That last point may be the most important. It is all well and good to train employees, but if they cannot actively apply new skills to their workplace, the efforts of L&D professionals will be in vain.

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