Learning and Development Articles

  • A study found that people actually learn better online, versus via in-person training, although a blended approach that uses both works best.

    Study: People Learn Better Online than in a Class (Although a Mix Works Best)

    April 17, 2017

    In 2010, the United States Department of Education released an expansive study comparing online learning to in-person learning (classroom time); compared to a mixture of the two. This was a critical study, as the department was determining where it would allocate more than $600 million in funding it had received from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment...

  • People can microlearn on their way to work, during lunch or while walking on the treadmill.

    How Microlearning Can Deliver Macro Results

    April 7, 2017

    Lifelong learning can take a few forms. There’s “macro-learning”: going back to school or diving into a series of video courses. There’s just-in-time learning: figuring out a certain Excel feature for a report that’s due yesterday. And there’s microlearning: scarfing up a quick tip or insight during the course of a busy day, at lunch or while riding the subway...

  • Savanah Barry spends an hour a week, at the minimum, learning new skills.

    One Marketer Spent an Hour a Week Learning for 7 Years. Here Are the Results.

    March 30, 2017

    Each January since she graduated college seven years ago, Savanah Barry makes a “vision board” of the skills she wants to learn that year. Generally, there are six skills total: three professional, three personal. For the professional skills, she’ll block off an hour each Friday on her calendar – at the very least – to spend time mastering that skill. Over the...

  • This formula will give you hard data on exactly how much actively disengaged workers are hurting your company.

    How to Calculate the Cost of Employee Disengagement

    March 24, 2017

    One of the biggest misses historically in business is fully recognizing the importance of “people” functions like HR, recruiting and...

  • According to Gallup, 33 percent of employees are engaged with their job, up from 32 percent in 2015.

    More People Care About Their Jobs Today. Here's Why.

    March 23, 2017

    It’s a classic case of good news, bad news. The good news is that Gallup – the leading authority on employee engagement – just...

  • My team wasn't too happy that I won the learning challenge, but it did increase our L&D usage.

    Want to Have Your Team Learn More? Make a Challenge (It...

    March 20, 2017

    Most organizations want their people to constantly be learning, to constantly be mastering new skills. And yet, getting employees to...