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Can you really prove training ROI?

Can you really prove training ROI? | Learning and HR Matters | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, we took part in a Twitter chat run by HRZone, the subject was 'Can you really prove training ROI?'.
 

We were one of around 15 particpants during the Q&A, and as well as the answers to the questions, there was also a lot of interesting conversation around attitudes to training, challenges for L&D teams, and even how the terms we use can hold us back.

You can catch up on the full discussion here, but we thought we'd pick out a few of our favourite soundbites from the chat and see what you all think too.

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Mentors Are an Invaluable Resource in the Workplace

It’s hard to overstate the advantages of having a knowledgeable career mentor. With a mentor at your side, you gain invaluable insights and your network of helpful contacts expands significantly. According to the 2,220 chief financial officers surveyed by Accountemps, 86% consider having a mentor to be important. Dana Manciagli, writing for The Business Journals, has compiled some thoughts on finding and utilizing a good mentor relationship.
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Four Ways To Ensure Mentoring Improves Employee Engagement

Four Ways To Ensure Mentoring Improves Employee Engagement | Learning and HR Matters | Scoop.it

A recent international study by Robert Walters found that only a third of employees have taken part in a mentoring scheme.

Employers are missing a trick here. The sense of career development, practical training and support employees get from a mentoring program is one of the keys to improving employee engagement and talent retention. Indeed, 83% of workers claim that they would benefit from mentoring.

To get your mentoring program up and running, and then to scale it, here are some key tips:

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3 Opportunities to Improve Your Training Program - People Development

3 Opportunities to Improve Your Training Program - People Development | Learning and HR Matters | Scoop.it
Setting up your own program to create trainees that flourish is a goal for any business. Here are some opportunities to improve your training program.

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How Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs influences Employee Engagement

How Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs influences Employee Engagement | Learning and HR Matters | Scoop.it
Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs model can be directly applied to current Employee Engagement theories all centered around the sense of self actualisation

Via Anu Ojaranta, Aki Puustinen, Marc Wachtfogel, Ph.D.
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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, August 3, 2:23 PM
Very interesting use of Maslo's hierarchy! 
Shanel Jones's curator insight, August 6, 9:14 PM

For teachers to be great for kids, we need to motivate them to high levels of engagement.

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Managing the 7 Deadly Sins in the Workplace

Managing the 7 Deadly Sins in the Workplace | Learning and HR Matters | Scoop.it

Managing a harmonious, fun, hardworking, inventive and productive team is the utopian dream for many a manager. But are your attempts to make this reality being hindered by the seven deadly sins?

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4 Ways To Make Your Employees Love Training

4 Ways To Make Your Employees Love Training | Learning and HR Matters | Scoop.it
 

From teaching employees the basics of your technology infrastructure to helping them develop new insight and skill sets, training is a necessity in many companies. And while stand-and-deliver instructors in classroom settings make up 46% of training hours, according to a 2015 report by Training magazine, managers are increasingly adopting new formats and methods of training to both improve employee satisfaction and increase effectiveness.

 

"What is changing, but albeit much too slowly, is thinking much more about the whole learning ecosystem and what has to happen before people go to training, what has to happen after training," says Roy V.H. Pollock, PhD, chief learning officer at corporate training firm The 6Ds Company and author of The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning: How to Turn Training and Development into Business Results.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 4, 6:35 PM

Four easy ways to take the drudgery out of corporate training.

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21 Ways To Win The Hearts Of Your Employees

21 Ways To Win The Hearts Of Your Employees | Learning and HR Matters | Scoop.it
Over a decade ago, the concept of heart-centered leadership was met with skepticism. People who had read

Via Marc Wachtfogel, Ph.D.
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New roles for L&D: the reality of 70:20:10

New roles for L&D: the reality of 70:20:10 | Learning and HR Matters | Scoop.it

A great deal has been written about the 70:20:10 model recently. Some of it suggests the authors understand what the model is about. A significant amount suggests otherwise...
 
If you and your organisation are planning to use this approach to help improve the way you build and support a high-performing workforce, it’s important that you first understand what the model is and what it isn’t.

This is where some commentators and vendors fall at the first step.

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The Difference Between Constructive and Destructive Feedback

The Difference Between Constructive and Destructive Feedback | Learning and HR Matters | Scoop.it
Some managers might feel as though they’ve done their jobs as long as they’ve given their employees feedback — no matter how specific or vague — during performance reviews. But in order to build the best team possible, managers have to offer constructive feedback whenever they critique their employees’ performances.

Generally speaking, there are two different types of feedback managers can choose to share with their employees: constructive feedback and destructive feedback.
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Using Design Thinking to Embed Learning in Our Jobs

Using Design Thinking to Embed Learning in Our Jobs | Learning and HR Matters | Scoop.it

Since we now expect learning to be as simple and compelling as watching YouTube, hundreds of video-based content providers and MOOCs offer free bite-sized content for us to consume on our phones while sitting in the coffee shop or standing in the subway. But corporate learning management systems remain slow, hard to use, and difficult to maintain. They’re getting in the way of employee development instead of supporting it.

At the same time, the demand for learning is greater than ever: Bersin by Deloitte’s latest research with Glassdoor shows that learning and career opportunities are the biggest drivers of employees’ willingness to recommend their company as a great place to work for people under age 40.

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Gamification: How to Win at Work [Infographic]

Gamification: How to Win at Work [Infographic] | Learning and HR Matters | Scoop.it
Everyone wants work to be fun. Even your boss or client or customer would rather that you enjoy your work. No one wants to be around unhappy people, regardless of how productive they are.

But what if you could change your business so that workers got more done because they were having fun?

Enter the world of gamification.
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Communications: how to be open and honest, even in times of growth

Communications: how to be open and honest, even in times of growth | Learning and HR Matters | Scoop.it

One of the biggest challenges HR directors face when their business is going through significant growth is deciding how best to communicate the changes to employees in a way that ensures they feel involved and valued, without causing panic and unease.
 
Business growth can put HR directors in a difficult position. We’ve all been there - there is a big change that will most definitely impact the company and its employees, maybe a management restructure or a change in leadership, or even a restructure which means that employees will have to be made redundant.

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5 pitfalls to consider before setting up a mentoring scheme

5 pitfalls to consider before setting up a mentoring scheme | Learning and HR Matters | Scoop.it

Mentoring is a buzzword these days, and many organisations use it for a variety of purposes, from talent management, to leadership development, to knowledge transfer and succession planning.
 
As somebody who has been working for over ten years facilitating and implementing mentoring programmes across the UK and internationally,  I am not only a passionate advocate of mentoring but also an experienced challenger of programmes that are put in place without serious consideration being given to the needs, aims, context and circumstances in which they are supposed to develop and fluorish.

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How to Incentivize Remote Employees

How to Incentivize Remote Employees | Learning and HR Matters | Scoop.it

For many employers, working with remote employees has become the new normal. It’s estimated that 45 percent of Americans work from home, and 53 million work as freelancers in the United States. Many freelancers work for clients who don’t provide benefits, but an increasing number of remote employees are full-time workers who seek employers offering competitive benefit packages.

Here are some ways to extend benefits to your remote employees in order to remain competitive.

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Rethinking the Annual Performance Review

Rethinking the Annual Performance Review | Learning and HR Matters | Scoop.it
Matt Hulett, head of product at TINYpulse, was a recent guest on our B2B Nation podcast. The series explores a variety of HR trends and challenges through conversations with industry leaders.

In this episode, we discuss how performance reviews have changed in the past few years, whether there's a correct way to structure them, and their future. 
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Gino Bondi's curator insight, August 8, 4:51 PM

The move towards a growth plan model with embedded, real time coaching - ,more effective than your "three off" visits that check the boxes?

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HR must shift its focus to enhance agility: leadership development is king

HR must shift its focus to enhance agility: leadership development is king | Learning and HR Matters | Scoop.it

Agility - a term discussed more and more in boardrooms, particularly as businesses operate in an increasingly global environment, driven by consumer choice and innovative technologies.
 
It’s the ability to anticipate new opportunities and respond and transform effectively.  In our experience, organisations that fail to grasp the importance of agility will fall behind competitors and ultimately lose market share.

In light of agility’s increasing prominence, we surveyed senior HR professionals at Director and Group Director level, from organisations with a total of three million employees, as part of our latest research report: Agile HR: Mindset not Methodology.

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4 Ways to Improve the Mental Health of Your Staff

4 Ways to Improve the Mental Health of Your Staff | Learning and HR Matters | Scoop.it
Mental health issues are the biggest illness for people of working age
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Promoting Effective Digital-Age
Learning

Promoting Effective Digital-Age<br/>Learning | Learning and HR Matters | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Pascual Pérez-Paredes, Skylly_W, steve batchelder
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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, June 14, 7:14 AM

Main findings

 

"The key finding of the study is that a common conceptual approach at European level, capable of supporting the development of digital capacity in educational organisations, is both desirable and attainable.

 

The DigCompOrg framework has seven key elements and fifteen sub-elements that are common to all education sectors. There is also scope for the addition of sectorspecific elements and sub-elements. For each of the elements and sub-elements of DigCompOrg, a number of descriptors were developed (74 in total). Diagrammatically, the elements, sub-elements and descriptors of DigCompOrg are presented as the sectors of a circle, with an emphasis on their inter-relatedness and inter-dependence."

Prof.: Jorge Miguel Angel Aguirre's curator insight, August 8, 1:03 AM
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Here's How Do-It-Yourself Performance Management Works

Here's How Do-It-Yourself Performance Management Works | Learning and HR Matters | Scoop.it

Think about losing weight. You might have a small goal like 5 pounds, or a bigger goal like 50, either way, you start going to the gym and work out every day. You change your diet, giving up some of your favorite indulgences. A week goes by…you don’t lose any weight. Two weeks…nothing. Three weeks…it still doesn’t move. You’re doing the things you should be but you just aren’t seeing any movement towards your goal. It’s the most frustrating experience in the world!

Now imagine if you found out that you didn’t have to wait a few weeks, or even a few months; imagine if you had to wait an entire year to find out if you made progress. What’s the chance that you’re going to be able to stick with it? Slim to none. This is just one of the reasons that annual performance reviews don’t actually drive performance!

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Should onboarding be like a travel guide?

Should onboarding be like a travel guide? | Learning and HR Matters | Scoop.it

When we go on holidays to a different country, we usually take a travel guide with us.
 
We want to know the basics like business hours, tips on restaurants, common expressions, but we also want to learn something about that country. Attractions, events, what people usually do there, its culture! And when we are able to talk to that country’s native people and get to know how they live and work it’s a whole learning experience.

I believe starting a new job is a bit like traveling to a foreign country. You don’t know anyone, you usually have zero inside knowledge on the company, its processes and projects.

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Why Businesses Can't Succeed Without Strong Organizational Values

Why Businesses Can't Succeed Without Strong Organizational Values | Learning and HR Matters | Scoop.it
Organizational values. You've probably heard that term, maybe from HR, maybe from company leaders. But why does something like having organizational values matter for your company? Well, you wouldn’t start a road trip without a map, right? The clearer a goal is, the better the chance that it will be achieved.

Your company values are the foundation of the organization’s identity. They’re the concepts and qualities that your company considers most important. Strong organizational values shape the perspective, behaviors, and priorities of everyone who works there, from top leaders on down.
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14 Ways to Lead the Charge on Workplace Learning

14 Ways to Lead the Charge on Workplace Learning | Learning and HR Matters | Scoop.it
In my post, 7 Principles to Turn Your Conference Room into a Classroom, I talked about the importance of learning how adults learn, so we might better craft true workplace learning and growth environments. There is another underlying condition to crafting such a learning environment I’d like to discuss now.

The truth is, the extent to which people in your shop learn and grow in their role doesn’t solely depend on the subject matter. It also depends on the extent to which you believe the subject matters. You have a choice whether or not to prioritize your employees’ growth.
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, July 27, 6:42 PM

Going to be giving it another shot next year! Thanks to Juan Doming.

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The Common Myths About Performance Reviews, Debunked

The Common Myths About Performance Reviews, Debunked | Learning and HR Matters | Scoop.it

Performance appraisals are one of the most ubiquitous, and also one of the most unpopular, protocols in workplace. In fact, several companies have recently made headlines in their attempts to go about them differently. But amid these changes, how many organizations have ever taken a close look at how performance reviews actually operate in their own workplace, over the long term?

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Activate and amplify: Making social learning work

Activate and amplify: Making social learning work | Learning and HR Matters | Scoop.it

Despite the title, Learning & Development professionals do not need to make Social Learning work in an organisation - because it already works.
 
Whenever somebody taps a colleague on the shoulder to ask “how do I do (X) around here” or whenever they visit, call or email a local ‘expert’ for assistance, this is Social Learning in practice.

But despite it already going on, there is a hugely impactful and exciting role for Learning & Development to activate and amplify Social Learning experiences that can potentially support every employee, every day, whilst sharing and building capability, in the direction the organisation requires to achieve its strategic goals.

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