Tag: Learning and Development

Leadership

Using an ‘Ultimatum’ to Prevent E-Mail Inaction

There are many benefits to e-mail communication over real-time, spoken communication. For one, because the conversation is in writing, there’s a record of what was said, which can be useful both for recollection and to settle any disputes about what might have been committed or agreed to. Sending an e-mail is often an easier way […]

career

Reducing L&D Costs Without Dropping Training Altogether

Learning and development (L&D) is a critical area of a business’s future, but it’s sometimes difficult to get enough of a budget to do what you want. In today’s market, employers are finding it even more difficult than usual to hire employees with the experience they need, making training even more important. So how can […]

Best Practices for HR Pros Facing Increased Pressure to Improve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Widespread social justice protests in 2020 led to an unprecedented focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at work, requiring HR leaders to ensure they’re following best practices to address the challenges. In response to the demonstrations, many employers issued strong statements confirming their commitment to racial justice and increased workplace diversity. Diverse employees, jobseekers, […]

Feedback

A Different Way of Asking for Feedback

When children proudly show a drawing to their parents, the universal reaction is one of praise and adoration. Parents don’t typically provide critical feedback like “That doesn’t look like me” or “Trees are supposed to be green.” The primary goal is to show love and encouragement and avoid hurt feelings, rather than develop a world-class […]

communication

Social Learning in the Workplace

If you’re a learning and development professional, the term “social learning” is probably one you’ve been using for so long that you can’t remember the first time you heard it. But for the rest of us, it’s an idea we’ve only more recently come around to. While the idea of social learning—learning from what other […]

team

The Quest to Build a Better Team Activity

The very mention of a “team activity” can elicit audible groans from even the most engaged employees. That’s because team activities often feel forced, awkward, and pointless. “What’s the benefit of a trust fall, really?” one might ask. But just because many team activities are duds doesn’t mean all team activities are duds. Some organizational […]

Changing Up the Workplace to Spur Creativity

It’s hard to find the perfect workplace, and much of what makes a workplace “perfect” depends on the nature of the work being done. A quiet, secluded office devoid of any distractions might be perfect for powering through mundane, repetitive work. But it wouldn’t necessarily lend itself to creativity. The Creative Power of Public Spaces […]

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Shifting Focus to the Back End of Unpleasant Tasks

Procrastination is a trap most people have fallen into at one point or another in their personal or professional lives. There are a variety of reasons people procrastinate, including the fear of failure, perfectionism, or feeling overwhelmed. Anxiety and Task Aversion Two of the most common reasons behind procrastination are anxiety and task aversion. Take, […]

training

Reviewing Your Training

Developing a training program and the associated materials can be a tedious task. And it’s tempting for efficiency-minded training staff to avoid doing unnecessary work by recycling those materials year after year.