MWL Newsletter No 66

Here are posts, articles and news about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 20-26 May 2018

From around the Web

Employers like EY and IBM are now hiring workers without college degrees  Gwen Moran, Fast Company, 15 May 2018

“Companies often use a bachelor’s degree requirement as shorthand for a variety of soft skills. But the tight labor market is forcing them to broaden their talent pools.”

Employees who use social media for work are more engaged  – but also more likely to lose their jobs  Lorenzo Bizzi, Harvard Business Review, 17 May 2018

“Employers typically worry that social media is a productivity killer; more than half of U.S. employers reportedly block access to social media at work. In my research with 277 employees of a healthcare organization I found these concerns to be misguided. Social media doesn’t reduce productivity nearly as much as it kills employee retention.”

7 ways to revise your hiring strategy Meghan M Biro, Forbes, May 2018

“According to Deloitte’s just-out seventh-annual Millennial Survey, millennials have less confidence in business and feel less loyalty: 43% of millennials envision leaving their job within two years. A mere 28% would consider staying more than five years. Among millennials on the two-year plan, 62% would join the gig economy and consider it a viable alternative to being employed full time. And the alternative to one full-time job isn’t necessarily another anymore.”

What happens in an Internet minute in 2018?  Jeff Dejardins, Visual Capitalist, 4 May 2018

Stop gaming social  Mark Britz, 22 May 2018

“Our edges are rough and rough edges connect to other rough edges. Formulas on the other hand are smooth, polished, predictable. People are flawed, formulas are not and this is why they continually have to be updated or replaced. Look at any relationship you have at work and you’ll likely find that it’s not built on all the stable, consistent things. It’s built on winks, nods, inside jokes, self-effacement, humor and commiseration. Not in that order, not in the same ratios, and not at the same time but the reality is you can’t connect to everyone, nobody can be everything to everyone. Our addiction to black & white answers and data are sucking the humanity out of social. So here’s your new strategy; be yourself, warts and all and expect that from others.”

Automation will make lifelong learning a necessity  Jacques Bughin, Susan Lund and Eric Hazan, Harvard Business Review, 24 May 2018

“For companies, these shifts are part of the larger automation challenge that will require a thorough rethink of how work is organized within firms — including what the strategic workforce needs are likely to be, and how to set about achieving them. In our research, we find some examples of companies that are focusing on retraining, either in-house — for example, Germany’s SAP — or by working with outside educational institutions, as AT&T is doing. Overall, our survey suggests that European firms are more likely to fill future staffing needs in the new automation era by focusing on retraining, while US firms are more open to new hiring. The starting point for all of this will be a mindset change, with companies seeking to measure future success by their ability to provide continuous learning options to employees.”

In the MWL Magazine

Classroom training and E-Learning are the least valued ways of learning. This is what it means for L&D  Jane Hart, 22 May 2018

Although entries are still being accepted for the 7th Learning in the Workplace survey, here is a screenshot of the results as at 21 May (from 5.5K+ responses). The table ranks the importance (value/usefulness) of the 12 different ways of learning in the workplace for INDIVIDUALS by their combined Very Important + Essential  scores.  The  red  figures highlight where the most responses were received in each category.

Next MWL Workshop

Continuous Learning & Development in the Workplace

Next public workshop runs 11 June – 8 July 2018

Continuous learning and development in the workplace doesn’t mean continuous training or self-study. Whilst, it is up to everyone to become a lifelong learner and keep up to date with what’s happening in their industry or profession to remain employable, it’s also up to L&D departments to support those activities as well as provide continuous learning and development opportunities for their people.  In this 4-week workshop we will look at how you can help individuals become modern continuous learners as well as how can you provide continuous L&D opportunities.

Modern Workplace Learning 2018

This new book includes some (updated) content from Jane Hart’s previous books as well as new material. 

Part 1: An Introduction to Modern Workplace Learning in 2018)
Part 2: Designing, Delivering and Managing Modern Training for the Workplace
Part 3: Supporting Independent Continuous Learning at Work 

Available as a PDF to download.

Find out more about the Modern Workplace Learning 2018 here.

How to become a Modern Professional Learner

In the modern workplace there is no longer such a thing as a job for a life – only a life of jobs – so it’s up to everyone to continuously update their knowledge, skills and productivity and become an independent modern professional life-long learne

This newly updated resource now contains 60 Tasks to help you get the most out of your work life and take control of your career.

Find out more here

Jane Hart
Centre for Modern Workplace Learning

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