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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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Talent Tips: Training on the Go

By Roy Saunderson, President, Recognition Management Institute

Are we ready to train employees through iPods? Some organizations already do so with great success. Yet there are important principles to consider in getting mobile learning right.

In the fast-moving world we live in, we stay connected through a growing number of mobile devices we’re glued at the hip to. Now imagine having training follow you around and be available whenever you are ready to learn.

PwC Opens Up

By Margery Weinstein

Coming up with the latest and greatest learning curriculum for employees year after year can be overwhelming—especially if you work for a small or mid-size company with minimal resources. Fortunately, there is a burgeoning trend that three-time No. 1 Top 125er PwC is helping to “open” up. In creating PwC Open University, the professional services firm has opened up its vault of training materials, including 150 courses, a growing number of which are CPE accredited.

Soapbox: iPad Takes on Sales Mission

By Sairaj Vaithilingam, Director, Content and Design Services, and Ramanathan Srinivasan, Senior Consultant, Learning Solutions Group, Cognizant Learning Solutions Group

Why can’t I learn what I want, when I want? This is a common question posed by the sales personnel at Cognizant.

With the company growing at an industry-leading clip and expanding its workforce,

When You Meet for the First Time

By Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA

When you’re meeting with someone—for example, a new customer or a potential vendor—you will get more from that meeting if you understand learning preferences. During a discussion, I once heard a client say, “I have a clear picture of what you’re talking about.” I did not understand—we were on the phone, and I hadn’t sent anything to look at ahead of time.

Training Today: Motel 6/Studio 6 Revamp Training Efforts

Motel 6 and Studio 6 turned the light on their training framework, revamping it in an effort to improve quality and consistency within the network. The new training structure aims to focus on the development of Motel 6/Studio 6 team members, ensuring they understand the “why” behind each course and providing them with supportive coaching along the way.

Training Today: Partnerships and Alliances, Sept/Oct 2011

Universum Development, parent company of employer branding firm Universum Group, acquired Doostang, a global career networking platform for young professionals. Founded in 2005, Doostang has more than 900,000 members. Members join Doostang to get exclusive access to 15,000-plus hand-picked positions with thousands of employers across finance and investment, consulting, media, and technology industries.

Training Today: Products and Services, Sept/Oct 2011

Hughes Network Systems, LLC, unveiled expanded features—including live training management functionality such as such as class scheduling, user registration, class role printing, attendance, grade tracking, and a customized reporting dashboard—for its hosted learning portal. SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) conformance enables course designers to take full advantage of both off-the-shelf content and a variety of authoring tools.

Training Today: Improve Your Odds of Change Success

Even under the best of circumstances,nearly 70 percent of all change initiatives fail. And that’s why most organizations never realize the benefits they hoped for with their new culture change, software implementation, or training initiative.

While there are many documented reasons why change initiatives fail, the overriding reason is that change sponsors do not involve or address the concerns of the people affected by the change.

Training Today: Tech Talk, Sept/Oct 2011

Panopto Inc.launched Panopto Focus 4.0 and Panopto Unison, the next generation of end-to-end video and multimedia capture and management Web service solutions. Both solutions provide a video and multimedia search, editing, and viewing experience from any desktop or mobile device. Panopto Focus 4.0 brings lecture capture, while Panopto Unison improves asset management by enabling users to upload existing recordings to their Panopto libraries.

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