The 18 Most Interesting Articles and Interviews in 2015

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These 18 articles and interviews, written by the best employee training, discuss the challenges training managers today face, upon the shifting world of eLearning, and especially the collision of formal and informal learning. The articles offer great tips and solutions, and inside, you can find insights on topics such as storytelling, marketing styles, and branding, alongside fascinating interviews.

1. Using the Cloud Requires Mindset Shift

One of the most important technological upgrades in past few years was the globalization of the “Cloud” – the online storage system that allows anyone to access files from anywhere in the world.  It also became one of the challenges businesses face, as employees who are not as “tech savvy” as their peers suffer greatly when trying to adapt to the new working habits. This article discusses the need of a change in mindset, and backing this claim with an interesting report.  

2. How to Create the Worst Employee Training Experience

This article gives another perspective on the employee training and development process, by listing the worst mistakes you can do when putting your employee through the process. The worst employee training experience ever includes you forgetting to train the leadership, and not providing continuous learning.

3. 8 Tips To Create A Successful Employee Online Training Orientation Program

How can you make your new employees feel welcome, inspired, and proud to be starting a career in your company? Considering employee orientation process being a demanding process, this is not an easy thing to do. In this article, Christopher Pappas shares 8 top tips to create a successful employee online training orientation program, from setting goals to keeping in mind that this is an ongoing process.

4. Great Interview with Yann LeCun on Deep Learning

In this interesting post, John Lilly shares highlights from an interview with  Facebook’s Yann LeCunn, about deep learning. Lilly also offers his insights on these highlights which make for an extremely interesting read. LeCunn first gives a definition of the term deep learning, and explains that it is very far from what the brain actually does. The way to create artificial intelligence that is able to learn revolves around the principle of assembling lots of elements that all train in the same way. We are continuously finding out more about how humans learn, and these insights can be applied to AI as well.  

5. Surprise: New Employees Want Formal Training

A research by Russell Korte, Samantha Brunhaver, and Sheri Sheppard demonstrate that fresh employees may need more formal training than many of us think. Talent improvement specialists devoted time and resources to move toward up-to-date office space must invest in formal training to all employees and maintain the high standard no matter time constraints and presumption about necessitation.

6. Effective Employee Training Must Support Personal Growth

Luis Ramirez, director of marketing for digital media at InterCall, is providing an insightful interview and examines what employees seek from their training experience and how companies can meet or exceed these expectations in the coming year. I especially recommend reading on the elements that employees seek from these training programs and the way these companies make their programs more interactive and engaging?

7. Investment in Employee Training, are You Getting a Bang for Your Buck?

A hot topic amongst the HR business, is the question whether investment in training really pays off?  The answer is yes, it does, but a good training program is one that designed to make employees more efficient.  A program that focuses on expanding workers knowledge is often not an effective one, and as a result – a one that does not justify the money spent on it.

8. Listening Intelligence in Organizations

This article is a must read to all who want to know more about Millennials. They have many qualities, but they tend to be self-focused, their attention distribute skills are low and their focus durability is short. When those facts are taken into consideration, your training program should be adjusted in order to make the most out of their qualities (as the next article will advise), and improve their weak spots, because, as the articles suggest, lack of listening costs billions of dollars to the corporate world every year.

9. Employee Training is Not a Luxury, It’s a Necessity

Many managers today already know the magnitude of employee training to their enterprise success, but still many fail to implement this knowledge in their workplace agenda and routine. This article, by The Public Servant, explains why the fact above is so crucial to your company, for the eyes of an experienced manager, who deals with the daily challenges every other manager deals with.  A hint – in the internet era we live in, you can miss opportunities in a blink of an eye.

10. Are Your Employees Unhappy? Here’s How to Technology Can Help

In this article, Marc-Andre Lanciault looks at the importance of social media and corporate intranets to help workers become more engaged in their work. With companies today looking for new ways to motivate, train, and reward their employees, Lanciault sees technology as the solution for higher motivation, job satisfaction, and productivity. 313

11. Innovative Job-Training Programs Are Important. Here’s Why:

The White House says innovative job training is necessary for the growth of the economy. According to President Obama, one third of the million jobs currently available are in the tech industry and they happen to pay 1.5 times more than the average private sector earnings. The president says that in order for the US to remain a global economic powerhouse and create pathways to the middleclass a highly trained workforce is vital.

12. HR Learn from Elementary Schools Educators

Organizational learning and training has many brothers and sisters – schools, colleges, sports, etc. Learning from these “siblings” can really increase your programs productivity, and increase the probability of an improvement in your training system. This article introduces you of a manager who learns from his kids’ elementary school. It is Fascinating.

13. 4 Tips for Getting Millennials Productive Faster

I recently published my thoughts about millennials onboarding here on Training Station. My main idea is to challenge them – with performance evaluation, with advanced computerized tools, and challenge the training program by trying to personalize it. Using evaluation, advanced tools and personalization can really get your millennial talent a great welcome to your corporation, and give your corporation boost with contribute ready young blood.

14. 3 Reminders for Powerful Performance Support

Scott McCormick’s article helps the training-managers readers to strengthen their performance support efforts by delivering mobile learning, and in particular by sharing some important reminders for a more powerful performance support for mobile learning. With 3 simple-to-grasp reminders, he makes sure we reach the most successful results.

15. High Potentials: Tell Them Or Not?

In many educational systems there is a common dilemma: what do you do with your best students? Do you foster them? Let them succeed on their own? Do you even praise them they do good job? These questions should and are being asked in employee training programs as well. High potential employees can be a game changer for the enterprise, and when you recognize high potential employee you must take necessary steps to develop them.

16. The Road More Traveled

The challenge of working in multiple countries, such the one Aeon ltd faces, is a well-known challenge many enterprises have to deal with.  How can enterprise deal with an employee who needs to be stationed in other countries? This great article tries to show how companies can adapt their mobility policies and increase ROI, while still meeting the needs of relocating employees.

17. DevLearn 2015 – Love Your LMS

This is a great collection of video content from the convention, made by Litmos, with many interesting thoughts by a variety of L&D professionals. You should really take a look at the videos, which includes some of our own WalkMe professionals, and many more intelligent people with fascinating things to say. This article will help you relive some of the best DevLearn moments, and for those who did not attend the convention – a sneak peek from it.

18. The Digital Badges

The idea behind the badges is to answer the need of L&D tracking in the mobile world, where watching a YouTube video can be as enriching as a weeklong learning course. The badges also enhance the effectiveness and accuracy of personal online profile (such as LinkedIn) and make them a great tool to show ones abilities and skills. In this article, IBM showed their abilities to use the open badges system and amazed the crowds, showing how the badges system can work. The soon as you jump on that bandwagon – the better. The YouTube video below, by Professor Daniel Hickey from University of Indiana, explains the Badge system in a very detailed way, so if you have your free 20 minutes, you should check it out. NOTE – you won’t get a badge for watching it. Yet.
Jason is the Lead Author & Editor of TrainingStation Blog. Jason established the Training Station blog to create a source for news and discussion about some of the issues, challenges, news, and ideas relating to training, learning and development.