Ideas for employee learning and development

Your Best Talent is About to Leave

Posted by Jon Peters on Jul 6, 2018 10:02:09 AM

What are you doing to engage and retain them?

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.

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Topics: engagement, talent management, millennials, retention, employee development, unemployment, job growth, microlearning, bite-sized learning

5 Tips for Cultivating a Happy Workplace

Posted by Rick Lepsinger on Jun 11, 2018 4:49:53 PM

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.

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Topics: reflection, talent management, retention, employee development, engagement, talent, happiness

Tips for Microlearning Deployment Success

Posted by Jon Peters on Apr 29, 2018 5:54:53 PM

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.

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Topics: curation, content, millennials, bite-sized learning, micro learning, training, eLearning, microlearning, learning, employee development

Julie Winkle Giulioni on Employee Development

Posted by Jon Peters on Feb 14, 2018 2:11:18 PM

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. 

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Topics: bite-sized learning, micro learning, eLearning, retention, microlearning, human resources, employee development, talent management

7 AM Start Time

Posted by Dan Cox on Dec 10, 2017 2:18:49 PM

“It’s your last couple days, Dan.”

“Yeah, it feels surreal, Bob. My first job . . . coming to an end. But, it’s for the best. Moving on to another opportunity that is better for my career.”

“Well, good luck with that Dan. Stay in touch and let me know if I can be of any assistance.”

Common dialogue that occurs every day in the workplace. The very dialogue that happened to me several decades before. Bob, the senior sales person in the firm I joined right out of college, was the star performer. He had been with the firm 6 years longer than me. Bob had done so well that the firm had recently made him a partner.

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Topics: micro learning, microlearning, employee development, focus, bite-sized learning, self-development, reflection

4 Ways Organizations are Leveraging Microlearning

Posted by Jon Peters on Oct 22, 2017 4:34:25 PM

Since its inception micro learning has improved eLearning success rates in many organizations.  As the originator of enterprise micro learning, AthenaOnline has been watching some of the micro learning trends over the last 18 years. So, what are some of the ways that new type of bite-sized learning is being used to enhance existing strategies?

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Topics: micro learning, bite-sized learning, millennials, e-learning, learning, microlearning, courseware, learning design, employee development, eLearning

The Importance of Frequency in Learning.

Posted by Jon Peters on Sep 24, 2017 5:26:23 PM

In 1965 David Ausubel of the University of Illinois wrote an article in The Journal of General Psychology entitled "The Role of Frequency in Learning and Retention: A Cognitive Structure Interpretation." It’s a big title and a big concept. David Allen, the best-selling author of Getting Things Done said it a bit simpler when Athena was working with him on some of the original microlearning in 2002. David stated that “small things, done consistently in strategic places create major impact.”

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Topics: brain, e-learning, training, retention, employee development

Are Your Employees Illumined?

Posted by Dr. Chip Bell on Aug 12, 2017 10:35:12 AM

It was a few days before Halloween and the big fat jack-o-lantern had been perfectly sculptured for its final resting place on the front porch. My three granddaughters were finally old enough to be trusted with a dull paring knife to assist in the sculpting.  All the pumpkin needed was a candle inside. As soon as it was dark, we tested the luminary effect in preparation for trick or treat. When the match lit the candle, my ten year-old-granddaughter exclaimed, “It’s alive!” The eight-year-old added, “It’s magical.” To a elementary school age girl, practically everything involving candles is magical! It had been illumined!

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Topics: employee development, learning, leadership, action learning