The 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of the Year

December 21, 2016

Our most popular articles were about things like employee motivation, leadership, body language and the launch of LinkedIn Learning itself.

It’s been a big year for us at LinkedIn Learning Solutions.

In September, we launched a new product, LinkedIn Learning, which is pretty much awesome (although I might be a tad biased). In October, we held our first ever Week of Learning, where millions of people experienced said product – and the thousands of courses that go with it – for free. And, in November, LinkedIn Learning went international, as it added more than 4,000 courses in German, French, Spanish and Japanese.

Of course, all of those paled in comparison to the biggest event of all in 2016 by LinkedIn Learning Solutions. It happened on June 20th, and its impact is still being felt around the world – the LinkedIn Learning Blog officially launched.

I know, I know, it’s probably been just as crazy for you as it’s been for me, your esteemed and humble editor. Over the course of the past six months, a few articles have stood above the rest, and spread like wildfire throughout the virtual world.

Here’s a collection of those articles. These are – drum roll please – the most popular articles of the year on the LinkedIn Learning Blog.

1. 10 Things Companies Do That Kill Employee Motivation

By far and away our most popular post of the year, this one was a classic case of what not to do. The article listed some things companies should avoid, such as having managers work all hours of the night, giving their employees no opportunity to learn and having entirely too many policies and procedures.

2. 5 Phrases You Should Absolutely Never Say at Work

Another case of “what not to do”, although this one was on the individual level. Some things to avoid ever saying at work:

  • That’s not my job.
  • I told you so.
  • There’s no budget for that.

3. 7 Things Every New Manager Should Do In Their First Month on the Job

Our newest addition to the list, this post just went live a few days ago and already took off. Based off a course by legendary LinkedIn Learning Instructor Todd Dewett, it gives new managers the essentials for surviving their first month on the job.

Some advice includes clarifying expectations with your new boss, setting social norms for your team and reinforcing the importance of being visible.

4. What It’s Really Like to Have One of the Hottest Jobs in the World

In October, a LinkedIn analysis uncovered the 10 most in-demand skills in the world. We took particular interest in the top three: cloud and distributing computing, statistical analysis and data mining and web architecture and development framework.

From there, we interviewed experts in each of those fields to find out both what jobs you can get and what those jobs are really like if you learn those skills. We also asked them the trending topics within that larger skill and provided LinkedIn Learning courses that teach them.

5. Launching LinkedIn Learning, a Better Way to Develop Skills and Talent

Sept. 22 was a big day for us at LinkedIn, as we launched LinkedIn Learning. Essentially, LinkedIn Learning combines the world-class courses of Lynda.com with the world-class data of LinkedIn to form a state-of-the-art learning platform.

The blog post announcing that launch was cited in news sources like Tech Crunch, the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg and generated more than 7,000 shares. The post spoke not just about the product itself, but also how it fits within LinkedIn’s greater vision of connecting the world's professionals to opportunity.

6. This Tech Role is the “Sexiest” Job in the World

A big reason people use LinkedIn Learning and Lynda.com is to advance their career. And that means finding out what skills are most in-demand and then using our courses to learn them.

Hence, our audience is hungry for information on the skills and jobs companies are looking for the most. This article spoke exactly to that, as we detailed the “sexiest” job in the world, meaning the most desired skillset (hint: it rhymes with cata prientist).

7. You Have 7 Seconds to Make a Good Impression. Here’s How to Do It.

Research shows that people judge someone within seven seconds of meeting them, and a lot of it is based on the person’s body language.

This article takes advice from LinkedIn Learning instructor and body language expert Carol Kinsey Goman on how to ensure the first impression people have of you is a good one.

8. Many of the World’s Most Successful People Do This 5 Hours a Week

What does Mark Cuban, Oprah Winfrey and Warren Buffett all have in common? You know, besides being huge successes in their field?

They all spend at least five hours a week actively learning, according to research done by Michael Simmons of Empact. This article details how they learn and encourages you to learn as well.

9. How to Know if You Are Burnt Out at Work

We all experience stress in our jobs – that’s just part of being in business today. But when does that stress cross the line into something that needs to be addressed?

This article looks to answer exactly that by listing seven signs that you aren’t just stressed, you are full-on burnt out at work.

10. 5 Reasons SVG is the Web Designer’s New Best Friend

SVGs – short for Scalable Vector Graphics – have been around for a long time. But only recently, the image type is being used more and more frequently, in lieu of industry staples like JPEGs and PNGS.

Why? Well, according to LinkedIn Learning Instructor Morten Rand-Hendriksen, it’s because of their versatility and scalability, among other reasons.

Editor’s Picks

Because I’m a former journalist and a journalism major, I suffer from the same disease every journalist suffers from – an unbearable amount of self-importance.

So, despite the fact I just listed the 10 most popular articles of the year – i.e., the articles that the public essentially voted as their favorites – I have a few favorites of my own that didn’t make the list. And I, of course, have to share them with you.

In all seriousness, these are my favorite articles of the past year, and I have a feeling you’ll find (some) value in them as well:

1. The Best Organizations Don’t Hire Superstars – They Build Them

This article was based off in-depth research by the Harvard Business Review. It’s results were staggering: hiring “stars” – i.e. standout employees from other companies – is a terrible business strategy.

Instead, what the research found was that the companies that won developed their own stars. Bringing in stars from other companies actually had a negative effect on the company’s performance, as not only did the star rarely meet expectations, the hiring itself hurt the morale of the team around them.

2. The Future of Your Company is Tied to Learning

Here’s one using compelling research from the World Economic Forum. The big findings:

  • More than 7.1 million existing jobs will disappear by 2020, being replaced mostly by jobs that do not yet exist.
  • 35 percent of core skills will change by 2020.
  • Companies say they want to train their way out of this problem, but aren’t confident in their ability to do so.

3. The Skill Gap Exposed In One Simple Chart

Another research-based article, this one courtesy of the Department of Labor. What the DOL found in the United States was interesting – for the first time since they’ve been keeping track, there are more open jobs in America than actual hires.

Crazy, right? It’s also a clear indication of the skills gap. Companies are looking to hire, they just can’t find people with the skills they are looking for.

4. Yes, You Have to Brag At Work. Here's How to Do It.

The last three articles were a bit doom-and-gloomy, so let’s end on a positive note.

The reality is, you could and should brag at work, and doing it right is a skill you should learn. In this piece, LinkedIn Learning Instructor and Kelley School of Business Senior Lecturer Tatiana Kolovou explains exactly how to brag at work, without being obnoxious.

Plus, the article features a cool photo of Muhammad Ali, who mastered the art of bragging.

Finally, there’s one last thing I’d like to do before ending this article. I’d like to thank you, the reader, for reading, subscribing and sharing.

We produced more than 200 articles in the six months or so since this blog went live in June. I sincerely hope you enjoyed at least some of them :).

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