Tag Archives: Learning

Putting the Micro in Microsoft

Micro-Internship

Microsoft’s micro-internship program delivers learning with a practical touch.

By Marta Chmielowicz

The transition from college student to working professional can be challenging for recent graduates. According to McGraw-Hill’s 2018 Future Workforce Survey report, only 41 percent of college students feel well-prepared for their future careers, and 51 percent desire more opportunities for internships and professional experiences.

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Thirst for Knowledge

L&D

Employees are demanding more immersive and frequent training, forcing organizations to transform their L&D programs.

By Doug Stephen

As the labor market tightens and the skills gap for highly technical roles widens, companies need to find new ways to secure the capabilities they are lacking—without having to completely re-staff. Data shows that the solution is to ensure learning and development (L&D) plays a much more central role in the employee journey.

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The New Why Behind Work

Organizations need to provide a meaningful, human experience while fulfilling their purpose to succeed today.

By David Mallon

The “why” of work is shifting. People want meaning, and organizations may need to temper technology by focusing on the human element of work. Responding to a range of economic, social, and political pressures, organizations have been working to bring their inspirational corporate mission, vision, and values to life by operating as social enterprises as well as profit-making business enterprises. That means they are emphasizing corporate social responsibility, listening and responding to a wide range of stakeholders, stepping in to fill gaps where public programs and policies fall short, and generally playing an active role in society and operating with a higher purpose. But while serving this need is certainly part of what it means to be a social enterprise, it’s not enough on its own. To truly lead as a social enterprise, organizations must focus on the people within their four walls, as well as externally in society.

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Reaching New Heights

Diverse Leadership

Empower the workforce of the future by proactively building a diverse leadership pipeline.

By Marta Chmielowicz

In today’s competitive and fast-moving business world, innovation is key—and there’s no shortage of advice about how companies can innovate. From adopting AI-enabled technologies to embracing an agile mindset, HR leaders are working hard to stay ahead. But there’s another proven driver of progress and change that organizations can add to their list of strategies: building a diverse leadership team.

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Scholarly Advice

Retaining Millennials

An organization shares its strategic approaches to attracting recent college graduates.

By Julie Palmer and Claire Romaine

With the unemployment rate below 4 percent, competition for top talent is tougher than ever. However, waves of new talent are about to enter the workforce as the collegiate class of 2019 graduates across the country. Organizations must capitalize on the momentary influx and adjust both their recruitment strategies and benefits programs to appeal to the graduating demographic. When it comes to attracting and retaining young talent, there are a few key factors for HR professionals to consider.

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Maximizing Potential

Employee Productivity

New research reveals the drivers and deterrents of employee productivity—and how employee benefits can help both.

By Susan Podlogar

Employee performance has been a main focus of organizations as the key ingredient for success. However, this is no longer enough. MetLife’s 17th annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study (EBTS) found that employees across all generations are looking for support from employers both in and out of the workplace. As a result, if an organization wants to hit its potential, its employees must also be set up to hit their potential—at work and at home.

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Next Generation of Leaders

Developing Millennials

Empower millennials with development programs that are suited to their strengths.

By Cheryl Allen

There is great value in using generational research to effectively inform people practices. The current workforce makeup of baby boomers, Generation X, millennials, and Generation Z is likely one of the most diversified in history. Each generation is equipped with skills and knowledge based upon the environment they grew up in, and organizations are searching for them in the current competitive business environment.

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Outside the Mold

Employee Development

Organizations need to reinvent growth strategies by providing opportunities to all levels of employees.

By Meghann Arnold

When it comes to developing a strong workforce, organizations too often provide opportunity to only “traditional” employees: Those who have college degrees and a resume full of experience, volunteerism, and organizational involvement. To put it lightly, organizations don’t always give opportunities to those who don’t fit the mold of advancement.

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Seeking Soft Skills

With the ability to train hard skills, some organisations are looking for hires that align to values and culture instead.

By Simon Kent

Skill shortages abound across many sectors of EMEA business. Problem areas are no longer confined to specialist roles or niche industries. Employers everywhere are facing a candidate-driven market where competition for talent is already high and increasing. In the face of this, employers are now looking to secure employees with good soft skills with the intention of bringing their technical skills up to speed once in place. In fact, LinkedIn’s 2019 Global Talent Trends report found that 92 per cent of U.K. businesses report that soft skills are now as important or more important than hard skills.

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Going Digital

Digital Learning

The future of learning is digital—but are organisations ready to make the transition?

By Marta Chmielowicz

“The only sustainable competitive advantage is an organisation’s ability to learn faster than the competition.”

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