Spotting three Trends of the Trends: Learning is No. 2


Posted by Jeff Schwartz on November 21, 2018.

After seven years of charting Global Human Capital Trends, we wondered: What trends can we glean from the Trends? As we looked closer, three persistent trends emerged. Just behind the leadership top spot is learning, our second Trend of the Trends. More specifically, we’ve seen an ongoing trend to enable more consistent, constant employee learning, and have seen organizations evolving their learning approaches in response.

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Knowledge management: Fuel for the social enterprise


Posted by Steve Lancaster on November 16, 2018.

In the social enterprise, your workers are also your customers. Just as you tailor offerings and manage your interactions in the external world to attract and serve customers, the way you manage knowledge is an opportunity to build that same rapport with your workforce. By making it easier to capture, access, use, and share knowledge throughout the organization, you make room for people and performance to thrive.

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Strategic onboarding

Helping new hires succeed

Posted by Bill Cleary on October 8, 2018.

An effective new-hire experience can contribute to an employee’s productivity and create value for the organization. Studies show that effective onboarding can improve retention rates by 52 percent, time to productivity by 60 percent, and overall customer satisfaction by 53 percent1. For new hires, effective onboarding can increase both job satisfaction and organizational commitment. Despite this, the most common approaches to onboarding often fail.2

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Learning transformed = Agility achieved

Redefining learning as a platform, rather than an event, enables and supports an agile, digital business


Posted by Lindsey West and Terry Patterson on September 27, 2018.

The corporate learning function is under pressure to deliver more capable and more engaged talent faster. How can learning meet these escalating expectations? Certainly not by tinkering at the edges. Something completely different from the status quo is in order, given the pace of business disruption overall and the way technology has permeated our day-to-day lives. The answer doesn’t lie in new or different training programs, but in a completely new type of learning platform.

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Reflections on HR Tech 2018: The Evolving Learning Landscape


Posted by Julie Hiipakka on September 17, 2018.

The HR Technology Conference is more than a big—some might say the biggest—event for solution providers, tech buyers, bloggers, industry analysts, and HR consultants. The event has the spirit of a college reunion mixed with elements of speed networking: attendees need comfortable shoes, high energy, and the means to connect. If you don’t carry business cards, be prepared to tweet, email, or use other social media channels to remember everyone you meet.

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Get Your Talent in Shape


Posted by Julie Hiipakka and Kathi Enderes on September 12, 2018.

Organizations have been speaking for years about an alphabet of talent shapes—T-shaped, M-shaped, P-shaped, E-shaped, π-shaped, and I-shaped—that can help develop company strategy and maintain a pipeline of diverse capabilities.1 If you’re unfamiliar with these talent shapes, they may be best understood as members of the following two groups:

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Upping your game: From functional experts to business advisers

Learning Measurement Part 1

Posted by Erin Clark , David Fineman, Praveen Kaushik, and Mariana Aguilar on August 6, 2018.

For many businesses, our behaviors as consumers—our clicks, our scans, our searches—drive decisions about how, where, and when to place certain information in front of us. And that placement, determined by our own behaviors, can result in higher sales and greater revenue per advertising dollar for many of those businesses. Data and the analytics horsepower that yield these kind of insights are quickly becoming table stakes for the way most organizations interact with and engage with customers. A business strategy without a data strategy is often an indicator of a company’s naiveté,1 and many are becoming data-driven businesses. Why, then, do learning leaders often continue to struggle with the age-old battle of evaluating the value of learning to the business? Why do they continue to find it so difficult to justify increased investment? The answer: They are thinking about the problem all wrong.

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Is Employee Empowerment the New Leadership Model?


Posted by Julie Hiipakka on July 25, 2018.

Just how critical are leaders to employee experience? It turns out that even as individuals and teams increasingly call the shots about the way work gets done, leaders are often the single biggest influence on employee growth and development. Bad managers can sap morale, erode employees’ trust, or worse, harm business performance. Get top-performing managers on the job, however, and they not only serve as coaches and mentors but also help build a culture of consistent improvement.

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