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Training Leaders & Managers today are used to training staff and NOT getting support from employee's direct management in regard to training reinforcement.

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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McDonald’s Virtual Collaboration Deployment to the Field

One of the course offerings in the Department Manager curriculum is a Virtual Collaboration class for each of the department managers. In 2013, the facilitation of the Virtual Collaborations changed from a centralized delivery model where collaborations were only taught from Hamburger University to all collaborations now being taught from McDonald’s 22 regional training offices.

Why Engagement Programs Can’t Work

Engagement programs can’t work because they are attempting to treat a symptom, not a cause, and unless you treat the cause, no amount of symptomatic work is going to make any difference.

Tracking Training

Transitioning from spreadsheets and fax machines to a cloud-based Human Resource Information System (HRIS) helped North Eastern Services achieve 99 percent compliance with mandatory trainings and certifications.

Starting Up CherryApplePie Inc: The Virtual End of E-Learning

The mLearning era will see a “PDA-black-box-all-in-one-solution” that has four shareable screens and multiple audio streams, can be collapsed into the size of a mini-iPad and be plugged straight into your desktop like a flash drive.

A Framework for Progress in Mobile Learning

Brandon Hall Group developed its Mobile Learning Maturity Model to give organizations perspective on where they are today in terms of using mobile devices for learning, and a roadmap for moving forward toward a more mature approach.

Role-Playing with Allied International Credit

An interactive card game that replaces traditional role-plays created more than 25,000 complex scenarios with less than 30 hours’ worth of effort. Results include increased engagement, enhanced learning, and a global rollout that is transforming training results.

Rethinking Learning Design

An educational program should force students to stop and think, re-evaluate their mental models, and reach their own insights into how to modify their personal thinking or behavior.

Employee Secondment: A Secret to Successful Integration

One often overlooked yet effective way to improve communication—both during the merger process and after closing the deal—is “secondment,” which involves placing employees from a buyer’s organization into the seller’s, and vice versa.

Productivity Tip: Put a Label on It

Work on building a labeling system to improve your workflow, reduce stress, and increase your overall level of personal organization.

How to Train Employees Using Social Media

Companies can use social media to train employees on a cross-geographical level, using a multimedia approach that relies on more indirect, peer-to-peer, and creative methods to render training a more engaging experience while saving time and money.

A Time for Courage

Knowing what is the right thing to do at any given time is the challenge most of us face. A critical report urgently needs to be completed, yet it is competing against a promise to be at a ball game. Why does a situation like this require courage? Because to have courage is to act as one believes one should.

Vouching for Visual Learning

Visual technology often is overlooked when organizing onboarding programs, and may be looked at as a complex implementation reserved solely for large institutions. But regardless of company size, there are new hires out there who are more than willing to be their own drivers of introduction and instruction.


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