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Why audio is an essential part of your blended learning strategy

audio learning

While the idea of learning through listening has been around since the invention of the radio, thanks to their hands-free mobility, consumption of new auditory learning materials such as audiobooks and podcasts is rising at a rate of nearly 40 percent every year making it the fastest-growing format in publishing (1). Audio, particularly when paired with another learning material, is one of the most effective and engaging ways to learn (2). 


6 secret learning desires your employees want but don’t want to ask for

When we look at the fantastic advancements and growth in the Learning & Development industry over the past decade it can be easy to forget why it all began: to provide the best opportunities for the employees who work for our organisations to develop their skills and grow within and outside of their roles. While sharing technology and social learning has been proven to be effective, there are times in which, in order to provide the best learning opportunities possible, L&D professionals must step back and leave the learning to the employees.


Sustainable development: How to make your learning more sustainable 

Sustainability is a word that is thrown around frequently these days and increasingly so in the business world. Many organisations around the world are making changes to their business models to meet the three pillars of sustainability: environmental sustainability, social sustainability, and economic sustainability. By diversifying the workforce, implementing recycling programs and making budget decisions based on long-term growth, organisations are already making choices that benefit a sustainable future. However, many of these organisations are ignoring a single factor that, through making small changes, can have one of the largest impacts on an organisation’s sustainability: employee development.


How to save money with eLearning

learn to save money

It is hardly breaking news that organisations are trying to save money wherever they can. And a tight or shrinking budget is all too familiar in particular for those in charge of Learning & Development. Many organisations look at learning as a luxury rather than a necessity and when budget cuts come around, L&D is often the first to go. However, with eLearning, not only can training and development be extremely cost-effective, but it can also save an organisation money.


Why Emotional Intelligence should be part of your L&D offering

emotional intelligence

The Learning & Development industry has seen many changes arise in the way employers think about soft skills such as leadership, communication, and teamwork. These skills have seen a notable increase in focus among organisations but there is one attribute that is beginning to emerge as the single most important business skill to develop this century: Emotional Intelligence (EQ).


How to bring the entrepreneurial spirit to your organisation

Initiative, innovation, and imagination. All these factors are what keep a company moving onward and upward and they are also all components of another essential part of a successful business: an entrepreneurial spirit. Often, big businesses, through their elaborate processes and systems, can lose their competitive edge by missing out the entrepreneurialism often associated with small companies and startups. However, entrepreneurial spirit does not depend on the size of your company and with a focus on developing the skills associated with entrepreneurialism, businesses large and small alike can reach new heights in terms of innovation and success.  


Change management: Why your personal development plan should focus on this important business skill

change management

The world we live in today is in a constant state of change. So much so that much of the technology powering the products and services we rely on today will likely be obsolete in only a few years’ time. Although change leads to innovation, when today’s consistent shifting bleeds into the workplace, it can cause some stress and discomfort for an organisation’s employees. While technology faces change by adapting and upgrading, for today’s workers, the key to staying afloat in the ever-changing modern workplace is to take the same approach by improving and developing the soft skills associated with managing change. This means that it is paramount that L&D professionals include these important skills in the personal development plans of their employees and managers.  


How to train the perfect boss

perfect boss

Is there a secret formula to the perfect boss? Judging by the way managers are promoted or hired, one might assume that technical skills play a major factor in determining whether a leader is successful or not. However, when Google decided to turn to its expert statisticians to determine what a great leader looks like, it turned out that many organisations have been looking at leadership all wrong. After gathering and analyzing over 10, 000 manager observations, the company came to a conclusion that was surprising even to its former senior vice president of people operations, Lazlo Bock. Upon analyzing what makes a truly great leader, technical skills came dead last.  


Become a great place to work through L&D

great place to work

What comes to mind when you think of a great place to work? For many employees, a great workplace depends on the company’s culture, the people they work with and their opportunities for growth within the organisation. Providing your employees with a culture that fosters productivity, communication, collaboration and development within and outside of their roles can all be achieved by adding L&D to your people strategy. Here are 6 reasons that investing in L&D will impact every area of a business and make your company a great place to work.  


The 6 myths hiding the true value of L&D

L&D myths

Whether we have heard them from management or uttered them ourselves, there are many common phrases floating around the world of Learning & Development that are simply untrue. Because learning is too often seen as something that is ‘nice-to-have’ rather than an essential factor in a modern business, as an L&D manager, it can be difficult to encourage decision-makers to invest in the growth and development of an organisation’s employees but by debunking these myths, learning professionals can present the true value of L&D.