Posts Tagged ‘Employee Development’

Tablet computers, smart phones, and mobile technology in general is permeating our personal and professional lives. These devices have made working professionals more productive on the go, but they also have the side effect of making many of us less focused and less able to sustain prolonged attention to any one task. With this in mind, many learning professionals are beginning to favor shorter learning exercises and courses over the more traditional full-length courses in order to ensure learners are fully engaged for the entirety of the learning exercise. Chief Learning Officer magazine recently released an article relating to this “bite sized” approach to learning.

As working professionals become more adept at multitasking, attention spans are likely to continue decreasing, and learning professionals must be ready to adapt their learning programs in order to cope with this new reality. Shortening learning courses and allowing professionals to access learning materials on their schedule are two ways in which learning can continue to offer value to companies and employees alike.

Related book summaries in the BBS library: Tailored LearningHold On, You Lost Me!, The Mobile Learning Edge

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Studies indicate that employee turnover costs anywhere from 12 to 40 percent of a company’s pretax income, making turnover a critical issue for executives in all industries. Turnover is especially important in poor economies, since those who voluntarily leave their jobs are likely to be top performers. In Rethinking Retention in Good Times and Bad, author Richard Finnegan presents a practical new model that can help businesses of all kinds hold onto their best workers.

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When it comes to performance development, many leaders are happy to accept work that is merely “satisfactory.” But what if each employee could be developed into an exemplary performer, executing their duties at a level significantly above organizational standards? Though this is a realistic and attainable goal, many companies have looked to ineffective generalized training as the only solution to lagging performance.

In Developing Exemplary Performance One Person at a Time, Michael Sabbag lays out the case for individualized performance development, based on the unique strengths and weaknesses of each employee. He does this through his Exemplary Performance Model, a step-by-step approach which encourages employees and leaders to seek out specific performance constraints, and leverage the powerful techniques used by exemplary performers throughout a given industry.

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