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The Mentorship Manual

Three organizations share their unique approaches to mentorship programs.

By Marta Chmielowicz

Mentorship has long been considered a powerful way to build trust and connection, expand knowledge, and enable high performing employees to reach their full potential. That is why it is a critical element of Digital Realty’s leadership development strategy, particularly as the company transitions following an acquisition.

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VR In a Virtual World

Virtual reality tech provides a more realistic experience than ever before, allowing the opportunity for increased collaboration and higher learner retention.

By Debbie Bolla

To be a successful customer experience representative for Verizon, candidates must have a bevy of both soft and hard skills in their arsenal. In addition to solution-finding and technical skills, they need to have the ability to be a good listener and be compassionate in order to achieve business goals. These traits are often not easy to develop through traditional training practices. Here is where virtual reality (VR) comes in.

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Going Digital

The shift to digital learning comes with its challenges. Here’s how organizations can be prepared.

By Nikki Edwards

It seems hard to believe that a year has passed since the first pandemic lockdown when organizations saw in-person training cease and scrambled to get learning content online. While some businesses chose to postpone their training plans in the hope the pandemic would soon be over, others were forced to continue through digital platforms. Within three months, it became clear that the pandemic and its effects would loom long and digital learning would be the primary method of training and developing employees.

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The Full Spectrum

Strategies organizations can implement to build a more equitable culture of continuous learning.

By Nancy Hammervik

Reskilling and upskilling employees drives business success, but these investments won’t reach their full potential until they are accessible to all workers. An individual’s success is influenced by their ability to participate in the full spectrum of learning opportunities an employer provides.

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Solving the Leadership Development Crisis

Combining micro-learning with micro-actions can deliver a coaching experience to all leadership levels.

By Kevin Kruse

The state of leadership development can be summed up in two statements from researchers at Gallup. First, their research shows that over 70% of the variance in employee engagement is tied back to the manager. And secondly, their Senior Practice Expert Vibhas Ratanjee says, “Leadership development might be one of the most significant loss-making ventures in modern business.”

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Getting More From Employee Screening

A data-driven approach can save money, speed up the hiring process, and improve quality of hire.

By Marta Chmielowicz

Monitoring key performance indicators has become a critical element of any business strategy—and that extends to employee screening. By measuring, tracking, and benchmarking screening data, organizations can be more agile in their hiring process, addressing efficiencies and optimizing their strategies to provide a better candidate experience.

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Alignment is Powerful

Two organizations share how reinforcing positive behaviors and company values through recognition helps drive employee engagement.

By Debbie Bolla

Recognition is a proven lever that drives employee engagement and company culture. In fact, according to Achievers’ 2021 Engagement and Retention Report, 85% of employees report that when they are recognized, they are motivated to work harder. Such is the case for CAA Club Group (CCG).

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Editor’s Note: L&D Takes the Lead

By Debbie Bolla

Learning and training approaches cover a wide spectrum of employee development and nowhere does this feel more apparent than our June issue. Inside our 25-page special report, we tackle everything from mentorship and learner engagement to virtual reality techniques, coaching for the leadership pipeline, and the shift to digital learning.

And it’s bound to come in handy as LinkedIn Learning’s 5th Annual Workplace Learning Report finds that L&D budgets are back to pre-pandemic levels, with 33% of respondents reporting that they expect their budgets to increase. The study found that the top three areas of focus for L&D are:

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CEO’s Letter: Personal Coaching is the Next Wave of Democratization of the Workplace

By Elliot H. Clark

As a society, we have had to wrestle with the concept of the “haves” and the “have-nots.” It wasn’t all that long ago that companies were concerned about the engagement of executives and labor force turnover was considered irrelevant. Some organizations barely measured it and researchers had to rebuild the statistics using payroll records.

One area where we continue to see a disparity between leaders and employees is in development. HR budgets millions for the multi-billion dollar industry of executive coaching. Here’s the weird part—wait for it—we seem to invest in behavioral coaching mostly for people who are ALREADY executives.

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HRO Today Association: New Members Bring New Energy

By Renee Preston

I’m pleased to share that both the HRO Today Association and the CHRO Today Executive Network (C-TEN) have experienced substantial growth within the practitioner community since the beginning of 2021. After an extremely stressful year—especially for those in HR—CHROs and other HR professionals are eager to connect with peers to learn, share, and prepare for the future of HR.


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