One of the many terms that have gained importance in the past few decades in the area of learning and development is Instructional Design. In the simplest of terms it means development of training material and experiences that enable a person to learn. The creation is not a simple process of developing content. There are principles that have to be applied to ensure that the material is impactful, relevant and applicable. The end goal of learning has to be met, but within a certain time-frame.
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Biases are an integral part of human nature. At the workplace, human biases can become toxic or lead to discrimination, creating a stifle environment and impact productivity and profitability.
Biases work at two levels- conscious (those that we are aware of and can work towards overcoming) and unconscious ( those that are a part of our subconscious and surface from time to time). The latter often goes unnoticed and unchecked to the person displaying such biased behaviour.
Technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate today. This has led to a drastic evolution within organizations and their various functions. More companies are now expecting human resources function to contribute to revenue and profitability.
I recently attended a breakfast round table conference of HR leaders organized by SHRM on the topic of ‘How investment in HR technology could impact the organization bottom line’. As interesting as the topic was, the discussion was equally engaging. The session was nicely moderated through a series of questions that kept the ideas flowing. One question in particular stuck a chord with most, the kind of mixed views it generated prompted me to write this post.
India celebrated its Independence Day a few days ago. The joy of being an independent nation also brings a high degree of responsibility and accountability with it. When we superimpose the same thought process on organizations, most individuals wonder if the guidelines remain the same. Employees have a view on what freedom at the workplace means for them and so do organizations. But are the two perspectives aligned? Do they speak to each other and operate together?
That is the question we want to be able to answer today.
Is your organization showing a lack of flexibility in meeting external market demands?
Is your organization experiencing a lack of internal collaboration among various teams?
Is your organization witnessing a slow informational flow and poor quality decision - making?
Summary: L&D departments worldwide are realizing the importance of creating a brand for themselves. Branding helps bring in consistency in all L&D initiatives, ‘pull’ employees towards training programs and ultimately achieve business goals.
Mobiles have changed our very existence. A statement that might sound absurd to the Gen Yers and Gen Zers, more so for the latter, but for the Gen Xers, who have witnessed the resplendent growth of mobile technology from the very beginning, it is a reality they have lived through. Mobiles that were once devices for convenience are now cornerstones for utility, communication, shopping, and, in general, thriving today!
The technology boom in the last 20 years has seen a drastic change in the way we lead our lives and work. However, the coming years promise a technology induced disruption like none other. The current buzzwords of AI, VR, Blockchain and gig economy are pushing businesses to take cognizance of technology and its effect on their future.
As technology makes inroads into the lives of employees more than ever, terms like Internet of Things (IoT), big data and the likes of it have become ubiquitous. The Internet of Things or as it is colloquially called – IoT, is a web of smart devices and sensors connected through the internet and connecting people, their devices and a plethora of information along with it.
Agility and employee experience are two of the most debated subjects in HR community. Both agility and employee experience are integral to business sustainability and employee engagement. While agile HR practices enable organizations and employees respond promptly to changing business and workplace dynamics, employee experience can be instrumental in winning the talent war.
Summary: In an era of technological invasiveness, organisations are undergoing a holistic change. Various functions, infrastructure and interactions are now being digitised. And when such a wave of transformation hits, even the hitherto untouched HR function tends to undergo a digital makeover.
Digital business transformation is a thorough shift in the functioning of an organization from the old traditional methods to new digital ones. It involves change in its processes, tools and activities with an aim to improve the overall performance of the business. This digital transformational leap is taken keeping in mind the present and future vision of an organization that wants to stay ahead of the curve with respect to changing technologies and customer aspirations.
Ennui can set in at the workplace very often. No more. Virtual Reality is here to the rescue. The workplace will now be an innovative place. And by the looks of the initial experiments, the possibilities are limitless.
Lost and stalled communication can be a major productivity block in the workplace. As an HR department, you have to impart important and typically mundane information to the employees. You want to communicate in effective ways that get that important information into their hands without a hassle. Improve employee communications this year with text messaging integration for 2018.
Check out these 5 SMS tips on how to better your HR communication in 2018:
Summary: Just as organizations take special efforts to engage their permanent employees and train them, they have to do the same for their freelance workers. With the gig economy booming like never before, companies need to understand how learning technology can be leveraged best to support and retain gig workers.
Sam is a bright management graduate from one of the top Ivy League institutes. Just before his placement, he reached out to a locally renowned consultant to help him decide on a career path that would best compliment his personality. Sam found the interaction extremely useful and was able to quickly narrow down to his ideal first employer.
Many articles and papers specifically by Daniel Goleman or other researchers show that emotional intelligence is a bigger determinant of success, than IQ or other attributes. You might stand to acquire high grades through a higher IQ, but career success is believed to be linked to emotional intelligence.
It is the era of millennials who change jobs like they change clothes. Their patience and tolerance levels are low and job satisfaction is high on their priority list. They quit a job before they can be fired if they do not find the organization to be a great fit for their personality and needs. They are talented and companies want them, but to retain them, HR teams need to start thinking differently.
Summary: The stats pointing to women in the field of technology are not too optimistic today. From girls taking keen interest in tech as young kids to turning away from it at an older age, there are several reasons why there is a stark gender gap in the sector. It’s time we all joined hands to fix this and let our women shine.