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Webinar on New Trends in Employee Performance Management – How do you embrace it?

In a survey that was conducted by Deloitte, more than half the executives questioned (58%) believe that their current performance management approach drives neither employee engagement nor high performance. 
Source: Harvey Business Review (HBR) 

The current performance management practice of rating employees are subjective, filling up forms and meetings to agree to the ratings are time consuming, and the end results are not what is intended. It basically ends up assessing the past performance, instead of being agile and driving better performance. 

We mustn’t lose touch with what makes e-learning effective

As JISC says, “e-Learning is fundamentally about learning and not about technology. Strategic development of e-learning should be based on the needs and demands of learners and the quality of their educational experience.” I would add to this that effective e-learning is also about meeting the employers needs and not about superfluous visual or auditory affects, but the quality of the content and user engagement to effectively meet the learning objectives, whether set  by an employer or learner themselves.

Team Sky: Leadership lessons from Sir David Brailsford

After fielding the winners in 2012 (Sir Bradley Wiggins) and 2013 (Chris Froome), the 2014 Tour de France was disastrous for Team Sky. Chris Froome crashed out of the race in Stage 5 and the team’s plan B failed to deliver a podium finish in Paris. Yet, last week they bounced back to deliver a second tour victory for Chris Froome.

Where to find the ‘why’ and ‘how’ when considering automation

It’s the age old story really.  You know ‘why’ you need to make the move to automation but it’s just finding time to sit down and work through the ‘how’.    And, of course there is always the cost at the back of your mind, coupled with the fact that you might just forget something along the way.  What you really need is a process or a map to take you through all of the things to consider when seriously starting a search for an automated training management system or an LMS.

A look at Training Practices Implemented by Organisations for Working Parents

Being a parent and holding down a fulltime job is hard work and it’s important that employers understand what they can do to help parents to do both jobs. Good practice measures implemented by various organisations aimed at working parents include offering flexible working hours, family support services and childcare and these examples can be used as a way to inspire other employers to take a similar stance.

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