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Ayear ago, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer ignited a firestorm of controversy when she eliminated the company’s telecommuting option. Best Buy and Hewlett Packard soon followed suit with their flexible work programs.

 Working from home can drive employee engagement and performance, but companies first must provide telecommuting training and reinforcement.

Understanding principles in an employee handbook or an e-learning program can be difficult, but not because the content is hard. It’s difficult because it’s just so boring and detached from employees’ day-to-day lives. Some companies are finding storytelling can bring to life learning content that now exists only on the page or screen.

Employees not grasping your trainers’ lessons? The content may need a kick-start from storytelling. Illustrative anecdotes go a long way to helping learners get the point.

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Teaching Senior Leaders the Dynamics of Derailment

Derailment is a phenomenon all too common in organizations. Highly successful middle managers are identified as having potential to move up and eventually take on senior-level positions. Yet there are those who don’t live up to that assessment. They plateau below expected levels of achievement, or they reach higher levels only to fail, resulting in being demoted or fired.

Avanade’s Skill Family Revitalization

Global IT consulting company Avanade’s Sales Effectiveness initiative transformed the sales workforce by taking a systemic approach to training as a component of a broader talent management strategy called Skill Family Revitalization (SFR).

Do Mothers Make Better Employees?

Do you make use in training programs of the skills employees gain as parents? Are those lessons often a good place to begin conversations about interpersonal and management challenges?

Technology as Trainer: Klick Academy and Klick Talks

Digital health agency Klick uses the “technology as a trainer” philosophy to embed data-driven training into its culture and everyday operations. Genome helps Klick identify when someone needs to learn a particular skill. That triggers an automated process that takes the team member’s unique profile into account.

Supercompetent Speaking: Broadcasting a Presentation

A virtual presentation is still a presentation, so do everything you would for a live event, including interviews, conference calls, audience discovery, research, assessments, and add polls and questions to engage the audience. Practice is especially important, given the technology involved.

Succession Planning: For Impact, Not Box-Checking

Succession planning can be the lifeline of talent development and retention, especially when connected to selection process and strategy. Here are some do’s and don’ts for building a robust succession plan.

A Lesson in Customer Loyalty

Loyalty is not about the perks; loyalty is an emotional feeling you get from those who care about you as a person.

Establishing Clinical Foundations at PPD

Global contract research organization PPD’s Clinical Foundation Program (CFP) for clinical research associates (CRAs) is a six-day, comprehensive program focusing on theoretical knowledge and practical application skills for monitoring clinical trials.

Next-Generation Learning Content Strategies

Today’s employee learning and development initiatives need to shift from preparing employees to solve known problems, to preparing employees to fill jobs that don’t exist yet. How do we do that? We have to rethink learning content in order to shift the strategic focus of employee development to reflect the broad influences of demographics, technology, behaviors, and future needs of both employees and the organization.

Think Ethics Training Has to Be Boring? Think Again

Humor does not interfere with your ability to educate. The same techniques that keep people watching a TV show after they really should be going to bed can be used to make people focus on your training longer than they otherwise would.

On the Move: Our Increasingly Temporary Workforce

Does your company use temporary employees? If not, why not? If so, how do you integrate them with your full-time, permanent employees to ensure uninterrupted productivity?

How Much Agreement Is Enough?

One of the common excuses for not taking action on ethics issues is that it’s hard to reach agreement on just what is the right course of action. How much agreement about ethical issues should we seek? And how much is enough?

When Did Competition Become Taboo?

A concept becoming ever more prominent in America today is the idea that today’s youth somehow are victimized by competitive contests in which we differentiate between winners and losers. But learning to lose with humility is just as important as winning with grace.

Breaking Bad Performance Management Habits

Enacting positive change does not require an overhaul of the performance management system. In the long term, it may be worth making more fundamental changes to streamline your system; however, there is no need to wait for these longer-term changes to happen. Take action today by kicking three bad habits that hold back your organization.

Time to MOOC Your Corporate Training

Corporate MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) or online learning portals offer skill-based courses that act as self-paced and on-demand miniature sessions and workshops. It’s learning at your own pace, where and when it’s convenient for you and on the platform of your choice (desktop and especially, mobile).

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