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.
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.
Although 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..)
Imagine 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..)
When you hear the word ‘motivators’ what comes to mind? Many people may answer ‘money’, ‘success’ or ‘happiness’. While these are great reasons for self-determination, as a manager there are other ways to motivate your staff. Relatedness, Autonomy, and Competence are part of an alternate model for motivation for managers to use to engage and inspire staff in the workplace. (more..)
When 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..)
The 70-20-10 model is an established approach to how we learn at work, and it is used in many organisations all over the world. Although 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..)
As a leader, showing employees they are valued by encouraging them to take charge of their own learning encourages them to engage in upskilling both within and outside of their roles. But inspiring busy employees to engage in their own learning is easier said than done.
With employee engagement, a little thoughtfulness goes a long way. Here are 6 things to think about when it comes to engaging employees.
One of the most important and most difficult aspects of being in charge of learning and development is creating employee engagement within an organisation. This means providing learning content that inspires employees to proactively engage in their own personal development. Engaged employees are a benefit to themselves, their company and those in charge of learning within an organisation. However, engaging employees in training is far easier said than done. Here are 5 ways to get employees engaged in your learning content. (more..)
Over the last few years, Bangladeshi businesses have begun to put more focus on soft skills training. With events and organisations centred around soft the importance of interpersonal skills, Bangladesh is moving towards a soft skills savvy workforce. Interpersonal skills, employability skills, leadership, and entrepreneurial development have become more important to organisations than ever before. The Learning and Development industry is growing and so is the need for information on soft skills training for leaders and managers. Here are four ways to train your employees in soft skills. (more..)