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It was reported recently by The Wall Street Journal that 3.4 million people chose to leave their jobs in April due to strong economic growth and record-low unemployment. They have become emboldened by a 4% unemployment rate and believe they can fare better in other organizations. More than one in seven of the nation’s 6.1 million jobless Americans in May were voluntarily unemployed, having left a previous position to look for another. Job-hoppers also tend to get better pay; those who move to a new job got a roughly 30% annual pay boost.
Many companies are looking for ways to create a happy workplace and reap the benefits of the productivity gains that come with it. Unfortunately, “happy” is a subjective and difficult to define term, especially when it comes to the workplace. While it’s certainly true that many employees describe themselves as “happy” and apply the same label to their organization, the precise meaning of this term can vary from person to person.
AthenaOnline has been talking about the benefits of microlearning for almost 20 years. In the last few years, however, the idea of bite-sized learning has taken off like wildfire. Perhaps it is a due to rapid delivery and deployment. Maybe it is the lack of time available to training and development in organizations. According to research done by Bersin by Deloitte employees can only devote 4.8 minutes per day to development, so 5-minute lessons make a lot of sense.
Have you ever gone to a restaurant that has a 10-page menu? There are so many great choices and it can be incredibly hard to choose. If you’re like me you likely ask the waiter what they recommend. I have even made a bit of a game out of it, asking if they were stuck on a desert island and could only have one meal while stranded there which one would they bring?
We recently had Julie Winkle Giulioni in the studio to film 15 new microlearning videos with AthenaOnline on developing your employees and career management. Julie is the co-author, with Beverly Kaye, of the talent management Help Them Grow Or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want. At the end of the day's filming Julie was kind enough to sit down with us and talk about some of the things she sees on the horizon and how organizations can create ways for employees to take advantage of self-development opportunities. You can view the video below.
“Success in management requires learning as fast as the world is changing.” --Warren Bennis
Microlearning can be described as bite-sized, attention-grabbing lessons - usually video-based - that learners can easily access and apply and is considered the fastest, most effective way for today's employees to learn.
Microlearning may be the buzzword of today but it’s not a new concept. We’ve been hearing about microlearning for quite some time but it has attracted a lot more attention in recent years and continues to increase in popularity. In fact, over the past few years we’ve consistently seen it in top training and development trends.
AthenaOnline is happy to announce that just added threaded discussions to our content licensing program to create even stronger social learning ties.
Research has shown that asking users to share their experiences increases engagement and learning, helping trigger collaboration among employees. Based on a Brandon Hall Group study 73% of companies expressed their desire to increase their focus on social learning. According to the Association for Talent Development (ATD) social learning approaches have a 75:1 ROI ratio over traditional web-based training. A social approach is specifically appealing to millennials who are likely to relate more to social learning than previous generations.
Athena already offered sharing, recommendations and commenting through our full MyQuickCoach platform and we were finding that people wanted a way to incorporate some of those features into content that is licensed from our microlearning leadership library.
Some of us come away from college wondering, “What did I really learn?”
Later in life, we came to understand that there we many lessons learned in college that we benefits us in many ways (and, I do not mean staying away from keggers.)
Unbeknownst to us college academians, we came to understand the value of micro-learning. It wasn’t called that when I went to college (yes, kids, they had college, pen and paper, even automobiles when I went to college). My son, who just graduated from law school practiced the same successful micro-learning activities that I did. What did he do. . . .?