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4 Steps to Creating a Learning and Development Plan for 2017

As we plan for 2017, it’s time to evaluate HR strategy for the coming year. It’s clear that if organizations want to retain talent, they will have to provide value to employees that extends beyond financial security. Organizations can save […]

How to Get Employees to Own Their Professional Development

Implementing a successful learning and development program at an organization is no easy task. As anyone who has ever tried to do it will attest, L&D isn’t exactly seen as “part of the work day,” and as a result, it […]

How to Get Employees Involved in Social Learning

In our last post, we discussed the importance of social learning and its benefits for employee learning and development. We also covered how to get employees interested in social learning, and explained why it’s so important to leverage your employees […]

Why Social Learning Works for Organizations

Twenty years ago, it would have been considered odd to invite people to your home in order to show them a wall full of your family photos. Today, this is considered perfectly normal behavior and we do it all the […]

Investment Firms Now Helping Organizations Find Talent

An investment in an organization is really an investment in the people who make that organization run. VC firms, such as Andreessen Horowitz, and private equity firms are acknowledging this important principle by hiring specialists to help their portfolio companies […]

3 Ways to Make a Great Work Environment for Remote Employees

The days of spending long hours in the office may soon become a thing of the past. The trend of employees working remotely continues to rise, and in fact, more and more employees are opting to work remotely during business […]

The One Thing HR Must Never Forget

We currently live in a world where employees demand a lot from their organizations — perks, benefits, great work environments, free coffee, and in some cases, even a ping-pong table or a sleep pod. And HR sincerely wants to provide whatever […]

How to Provide Career Training & Professional Development for Remote Employees

  Employee onboarding and career development has traditionally involved holding meetings in physical conference spaces and classrooms. But when employees don’t report to an office, organizations have to think creatively and use technology strategically to make sure remote employees receive […]

How to Evaluate the Performance of Remote Employees

A growing number of organizations are beginning to utilize employees who work remotely. This raises new challenges for management regarding employee performance evaluations. How can managers accurately measure employee performance if they are unable to physically observe employees during the […]

Product Update: Showd.me Now Has a Slack Bot

  It’s a great day for showd.me customers. showd.me has just launched a Slack bot that allows users to access learning and career development content without having to leave the app. Why Organizations Need Bots If you use the internet (which […]

5 Things to Do Before Hiring Remote Employees

5 Things to Do Before Hiring Remotely While not yet standard operating procedure, more and more organizations are opting to do away with offices, allowing employees to work remotely. In fact, more than half the workforce is expected to be […]

How to Create a Career Map that Works

Your best employees want to grow. If they believe there is room for growth and career development within your organization, they’ll stick by you. If they don’t, they will leave in search of greener pastures. Therefore, it’s your responsibility to […]

The Most Important Quality Every Manager Needs to Have

When I landed my first management position, a mentor of mine sat me down in his office and asked me the following question: What do you think is the most important skill for a manager to have? I thought for […]

3 Ways to Train Employees for the Future

The future looks bright for the world of tech, but with technological progress, job displacement often follows in its wake. However, this is not inevitable. Organizations can and should do more to make sure their employees gain the skills they […]

Product Update: Learning Paths Can Now be Made Public

Showd.me users have long had the ability to create learning paths, which function as a series or ‘playlist,’ if you will, of career development content. Users can create a customized path of educational material for trainees to go through at […]

Why Bite-Sized Learning and Development Works and How to Do it Right

Organizations don’t have the time or the money to host long-winded training sessions anymore. While onboarding used to mean hours-long lectures with a Powerpoint, this approach often proves counterproductive. Not only is it costly and time consuming, but much of […]

Unconventional Company Culture Needs Unconventional Learning and Development

There has been a lot of buzz in recent years surrounding companies’ experimentation with organizational structures. In attempt to boost employee satisfaction, reduce turnover, and avoid stagnation, many corporations are dismantling conventional hierarchies and in favor of startlingly new approaches. […]

4 Benefits of Job Shadowing

Observing others is a fantastic way for people to learn. In previous eras, it was common practice for someone who wanted to learn a new skill or trade to work as an apprentice under someone well-versed in the craft. This […]

Product Update: News Feed

Imagine if all the information you ever wanted to learn could be somehow implanted directly into your brain. Think Matrix style. showd.me’s news feed isn’t exactly the Matrix, but it may be the next best thing. In an ideal world, […]

Future of Learning and Development: Timely, Relevant, and Social

The reasons an employee might leave an organization are manifold, but one thing costing many businesses to lose talent is a failure to invest sufficiently in learning and career development. The hungriest, most capable and ambitious employees are the ones […]

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Using Analytics To Guide HR Strategy

Analytics and big data are popular buzz words in the business community, but many firms don’t yet understand the full extent of the value this information can provide for your company. There’s confusion on the ways analytics is different than […]

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Forecasting the Future of Learning & Development

As the face of the corporate world changes, fast paced and innovative solutions to Learning and Development become a necessity. Human Resources and Training departments must analyze employee needs and develop strategies to differentiate instruction that will ensure employees are […]

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Building Strong Employee Engagement

SHRM’s 2015 Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement Survey examines 43 aspects of job satisfaction and 37 factors directly related to employee engagement by polling over 600 Human Resources professionals to understand trends in their organizations. The respondents discussed their views […]

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The Untapped Potential For E-Learning At Work

While e-Learning has skyrocketed in popularity over the past 5 years, companies are still not using this training format to its full potential. The Association for Talent Development’s 2014 State of the Industry report indicated that more than two-thirds of […]

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How Social Learning Leads To Lasting Organizational Change

A large part of shifting organizational behavior is understanding human psychology and its effect on change management. Vital Smarts’ 2011 book “Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success” by Patterson, Grenny, Maxfield, McMillan and Switzler outlined a matrix of […]

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Navigating Common Objections To Launching New HR Programs

In McKinsey & Company’s recent article titled “Getting Organizational Redesign Right”, research showed that modern companies are in a constant state of flux, and nearly 60% of the executives surveyed had experienced and organization shift in the past two years. […]

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Social Learning’s Impact On Career Development

Social learning, also known as informal learning, is taking the training and development world by storm. In Bersin by Deloitte’s report titled Predictions for 2015: Redesigning the Organization for a Rapidly Changing World, Bersin encourages companies to develop a process […]

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Strategies For Effective Team Dynamics

Anyone familiar with theories on team dynamics knows Bruce W. Tuckman’s five stages of team development model. Developed in the mid-1960’s, this model identified specific milestones that were “necessary and inevitable” when building collaborative teams. Tuckman’s research set the framework […]

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Modern Recruiting: Hiring For Aptitude Over Pedigree

In Bersin by Deloitte’s report titled Predictions for 2015: Redesigning the Organization for a Rapidly Changing World, Bersin boldly defines job skills as the new economic currency, and touts the increased importance of internal talent development. With increased competition to […]

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Corporate Training Budgets

Building a culture of innovation and operational excellence is more important than ever. Human Resources teams seek creative solutions to meet the needs of an ever-changing workforce. One key challenge is how to leverage your training budgets to achieve the […]