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Mentoring Best Practices: Keep and Tweak The Transfer of Knowledge

By Brianne Bailey on Sep 7, 2016 3:00:00 PM

 

 Apprenticeship and mentorship programs can be extremely effective training tools. Many people in all lines of work learn best and most efficiently through shared experiences and hands-on learning. If your business has not invested in a program where younger employees are able to benefit from the experience and real-world knowledge of veteran employees, chances are that you are missing out on a real opportunity.

 

Here are some key ways to develop an apprenticeship program that ensures the right values, process, and even business ethics are transferred on to the next generation.

 

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Topics: Instructional Design, Workplace Best Practices

How to Enhance the Productivity of Millennials in the Workplace

By Bill Neville on Aug 30, 2016 9:30:00 AM

A certain amount of stigma is associated with the millennial generation that is now entering the workforce for the first time. Wisecracks about participation trophies and social media obsessions have negatively influenced the popular impression of the character of millennials. Older generations have expressed doubts regarding their attention span, work ethic, and sense of responsibility.

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Topics: Workplace Best Practices

3 Ways to Foster an Open Workplace Culture

By Herb Tieger on Aug 16, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Our world is more connected than ever. As a result of our latest technology, work is no longer confined to an office. We can email clients while in line for coffee and approve memos on the train. Promoting and continuing this culture of connectedness is now more important than ever in the workplace. Marc de Grandpre, Senior VP of marketing at KIND Healthy Snacks, asserts in a Forbes interview, “It is absolutely critical to have both an authentic and transparent work environment” in order to allow “brilliant ideas” to flow.

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Topics: Workplace Best Practices

7 Tips for Overcoming a Language Barrier in the Workplace

By Brianne Bailey on Aug 2, 2016 9:00:00 AM

In today’s increasingly diverse society, it is almost guaranteed that there will be some degree of cultural discrepancy in the workplace. These differences can pose problems, especially when it comes to clear, accurate communication with those who don’t speak the same language. Because communication is crucial to the success of an office or workplace, it is important to have some techniques on hand to use when things get a little hard to convey.

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Topics: Workplace Best Practices

Get Better Ideas by Tweaking Your Brainstorm Sessions

By Bill Neville on Jun 16, 2016 11:59:43 AM

Brainstorming sessions are the heart of pursuing new ideas. But a major mistake companies make is running idea-generating sessions right out of the box, without structuring them to fit their goals as well as their team’s needs and personalities. Brainstorming sessions are most fruitful when they are adapted to fit your needs.

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Topics: Workplace Best Practices

Mindfulness in the Workplace: Can It Help, or Is It Hype?

By Cristina Mendonca on Jun 15, 2016 10:17:07 AM

It’s hard to find an article or blog on leadership practices these days that doesn’t mention – and recommend – trying mindfulness. But what is this practice, and how can it help achieve your organizational goals?

 

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is, in a very basic way, a nonjudgmental awareness.

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Topics: Workplace Best Practices

Best Practices for Hiring Top eLearning Professionals

By Bill Neville on Jun 9, 2016 12:37:42 PM

The sudden interest in organizational learning and development in recent years has led to the creation of a flood of eLearning jobs in today’s market. In many ways, the market belongs to the L&D professionals, who can be selective about picking jobs that best suit their interests. On the other hand, this is also the perfect time to attract experienced and eager candidates to fulfill your company’s eLearning needs.

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Topics: Workplace Best Practices

Challenges (and Solutions) for Developing Global Workforce Training

By Bill Neville on Mar 29, 2016 8:19:24 AM

With the past decade’s focus on the importance of employee learning, the training industry has grown significantly, and many companies are now faced with the challenge of developing large-scale training for a global workforce. This is excellent news for both companies and designers who develop their training—but designing for a multi-cultural, geographically expansive audience has its challenges. With such a diverse audience, is it possible to develop training that has a consistent impact for everyone? Let’s examine some of the challenges—and solutions—for a project of this magnitude.

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Topics: Workplace Best Practices, Tips for Effective Courses

Conflict Management for Leaders

By Cristina Mendonca on Jan 25, 2016 11:55:14 AM

While we may wish for our organizations to run in perfect harmony, the truth is that a diversity of voices will inevitably give rise to conflict. And that’s not always a bad thing—in fact, conflict management isn’t simply about nipping disagreements in the bud. It’s about minimizing the negative impact of conflict (lower employee engagement and morale, decreased productivity) while drawing out the positive aspects (generating new ideas, creative problem-solving, opportunities for growth).

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Topics: Workplace Best Practices

Designing Culturally Inclusive Learning Environments

By Brianne Bailey on Nov 1, 2015 11:26:39 PM

An inclusive learning environment is one in which every learner feels welcome, able to access and engage with course materials, and safe to express personal viewpoints. Because eLearning creates the possibility of a global classroom, with students representing many different cultures and backgrounds within a single course, inclusivity becomes both a necessity and an interesting challenge for online instructors. How can you facilitate a learning environment in which all voices are both able to be expressed and heard? How can the teaching materials accommodate everyone?

 

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Topics: Instructional Design, Workplace Best Practices, Tips for Effective Courses

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