MWL Newsletter No 15

News and articles about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 21-27 May 2017

Article of the Week

The Missing Piece in Employee Development  Nik Kinley and Shlomo Ben-Hur, 25 May 2017

“… organizations need to look beyond their simple two-step instructional models of change and development. They need to ensure that every development initiative includes a plan for ensuring that the working context supports change. This is why the shift in how companies approach performance management — focusing more on development and less on evaluation — is so important. Without change, managers won’t be able to play the supporting role required in order to make development activities more effective.

From around the Web

Policeman or Coach. Which are you?  Apurva Sicar, 18 May 2017

“Bosses are on their way out. The corporate world needs coaches. Be a coach and change lives – yours and theirs!”

At Cisco, We’re Trying to Create Our Own ‘Gig Economy’ for Employees  Jill Larsen, 19 May 2017

“Think of it this way; the gig economy opens the door to variety. It allows people to take on projects that require different skill sets or to work in a different team environment. Most companies aren’t structured for that level of flexibility, but they can be. At Cisco, we’ve addressed this through our “one company, many careers” approach. We’re taking a critical look at our employee base and identifying the unique skills that each person possesses — regardless of whether or not these skills fall into the realm of their “day job.” That information is then made available in our Talent Marketplace, which allows individuals to find short term “stretch assignments,” or longer term rotation assignments aligned to their interests. In essence, we’re creating an on-demand database within Cisco’s four walls.”

Improve Your Digital Workplace with an Employee-First Approach  Nigel Williams, 26 May 2017

“The days when organizations could rely solely on one solution for business needs are well and truly behind us. Increasingly, the digital workplace is a complex web of specialized tools or applications, designed to meet the needs of a diverse range of employees.”

Smaller, Faster Training is Not Going to Move Us Forward  Mark Britz, 26 May 2017

“Sadly L&D continues to rest on its laurels, its golden era behind it and yet only capable of doing what they know best with the tools they know best vs. what is needed most. The industry has taken a page right out of big pharma’s playbook; convince people there’s a widespread illness and provide the cure.”

From the MWL Magazine

L&D Needs to Get In The Time Saving Business   Mark Britz,

If L&D really wants to be in the time saving business then it be wise to get closer to the work and see where time is being lost. Then, focus on helping employees do the things that will ultimately make them more effective and efficient in learning on their own. Adding a course to their workload isn’t the answer, and neither is floating a short video or knowledge check into their workflow. Today, the things workers need are around greater access, building stronger networks, refining personal knowledge management skills, and learning how best to opening up their work and get quick input and feedback.

Benefits of a Flipped Learning Approach  eCom Scotland, 25 May 2017


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Jane Hart
Director, Centre for Modern Workplace Learning

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