Improve Employee Productivity and Engagement Through Learning Programs


Each Friday, RPS highlights five popular news stories from the world of training professionals. Visit our blog each week to see which stories were trending amongst your industry peers.

Training Journal
L&D Teams Failing to Improve Business Productivity, According to 2015 Towards Maturity Benchmark Study by Staff Writer
Only three out of 10 organisations are achieving improved productivity and engagement from their L&D initiatives, only 2 out of 10 have seen improvements in the learning culture of the organisation and only 4 out of 10 are achieving increased efficiency as a result of their training strategies, according to the 2015 Towards Maturity Benchmark Study. Published today, the report includes data provided by more than 600 L&D professionals in 55 countries and inputs from 1,600 learners. The Report explores the lessons that L&D leaders can learn from the top performing learning organisations.

The Missing Ingredient for Innovation: You by Todd Tauber
Everyone in learning and development is obsessed with innovation right now — with leveraging new technologies and novel kinds of content to make learning work better. Yet few organizations are actually doing that effectively. According to “Learning and Development: Into the Spotlight,” a February report from Deloitte University Press business and human resources leaders report that corporate learning capabilities actually deteriorated last year. That’s likely because the tools of the trade have evolved, but many learning leaders are only beginning to adapt.

Harvard Business Review
Why Organizations Need to Make Learning Hard by Dorothy Leonard
In these days of fast everything (food, internet connections, dating), you can understand why people think lessons should also be easily accessible. Give solutions in bullet points. Let people check their responses to problems immediately. Encourage them to memorize the answers and move on. Unfortunately, real learning — that is, the kind which embeds knowledge and skills in long-term memory — is never simple. In fact, easy in (little effort to temporarily retain the lesson) typically results in hard out (difficulty in retrieving it when you need it.) Decades of research, most notably by UCLA’s Robert Bjork and his colleagues, have shown several reasons for this apparent paradox.

Getting Started With Digital Learning by David James
It’s hard to believe that Apple launched the first iPhone just eight years ago. Mass-adoption of this – and subsequent competitors – has significantly changed both the habits and expectations of today’s learners and of business in general. But we already know this from the way we interact with other businesses ourselves. In a recent report, it was revealed that 98% of Target’s customers shop digitally, and three-quarters of them start their experience on a mobile device. Accenture have even claimed recently that “every business is now a digital business”.

Are You Performing an Effective Virtual Training Balancing Act? by Lynette Van Steinburg
How often do you hear your virtual meeting break into laughter and you have no idea why? Or, you feel like you’re missing part of the conversation because you can’t clearly hear everyone who is speaking? Virtual balance means everyone in the interaction is having the same experience. Everyone can hear and be heard, participate, and see the same things with equal clarity through shared files, web sharing, webcams, teleconference, and so forth. This means that if someone laughs everyone in the interaction knows why they’re laughing whether the joke is verbal, visual, or physical.

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