Training to Become a Better Coach or Mentor

Training that makes employees into better mentors has a valuable ripple effect, as those individuals go on to help their coworkers thrive.

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Mentoring is a “soft skill” but it can be learned.

Coaching and mentoring can be important, formative experiences in personnel development, becoming as important to employees as more formal kinds of education. This raises the question of how organizations can foreground their mentoring programs and ensure experienced leaders have the background necessary to provide valuable advice and guidance to the next generation of employees. Continue reading

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The Future of Organizational Learning by Laura Goodrich

Laura Goodrich, Global Workforce Innovator at GWT Next and partner of MasteryTCN, recently published an article with OD Innovator titled, “Switching Hands: The Future of Organizational Learning.

Goodrich paints a picture of how video-based microlearning helps organizations adapt employee development programs to the demands of today’s workplace. Continue reading

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Courses to Help with Laboratory Safety

There are as many safety best practices applicable to laboratories as there are types of labs. Training is a great way to get employees ready for the risks they may encounter and keep conditions optimal. Continue reading

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What’s the Role of Blended Learning in Workplace Training?

What is the value of creating a blended learning program instead of purely in-person or online training?

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What’s the value of combining in-person and online learning?

Moving toward a digitally enabled model is an ongoing trend within the training sector, and it’s easy to see why. Digital delivery methods are considered an effective way to convey all kinds of messages, and employee education is all about making concepts easily comprehensible.

Some of the advantages of pure e-learning models have become clear: These courses are accessible to geographically dispersed teams, they can be accessed at any time, employees find visual content stimulating, and so on. However, there are also reasons to maintain some in-person courses when digitizing.

The compromise between digital and in-person training forms a separate model known as blended learning. The exact extent to which physical courses and online content commingle depends on the company in question. No two programs are exactly the same, and suiting an organization’s business model is the main consideration when designing an overall strategy. The following are a few considerations associated with a blended learning model. Continue reading

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Enhance New Employee Orientation with Video Training

Getting new employees up to speed is essential to ensure continued workplace success.

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What do new employees need to know on their first few days?

Adding a new employee to the team is one of the most important assignments a human resources department can deal with. A successful onboarding and orientation may lead to a long and fruitful career with the organization. A failure to connect with a worker, however, may lead to weakened loyalty and a potential early departure.

The Balance pointed out an ineffective orientation period can lead to the new hire searching for another job within a year. If employees constantly leave an organization after short tenures, the costs of searching for replacements can add up quickly.

Human resource leaders need to find simple and effective solutions for their orientation and onboarding needs, to make sure they make a great impression from workers’ first days. Continue reading

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