Santa makes it seem so easy! We could all use a manufacturing system staffed by mysterious beings who happily create fantastic quantities of merchandise. Or a global distribution system that accurately sorts out packages according to location, desire and moral rectitude. Or how about an on-time, high-speed delivery vehicle with apparently unlimited capacity, powered by 8 flying creatures (led by an animal with a searchlight for a snout)? To this writer, the real fantasy lies in the fact that everyone already knows exactly what to do when the holiday rush kicks in and when to do it, with no mention of training.
We’re not being dramatic when we say there is a leadership crisis today. The crisis is real. So real, in fact, that the World Economic Forum lists it as the third most important issue on its agenda. And employees are less likely to trust their management when leadership skills are lacking.
“There is strength in numbers.” “Many hands make light work.” “No man is an island.” We’ve all heard these sayings so often that they’ve become clichés. Yet, we traditionally tend to think of leaders as rather heroic individuals: singular, exceptional people who step up, or step forward and take the helm…or the fall, depending on the circumstance.
In the previous blog Holding on to Your Corporate Knowledge When Shift Happens, we looked at the shift that is taking place at the workplace. And we looked at the loss of an irreplaceable resource: knowledge. We also looked at how eLearning is empowering organizations in Shift Happens! 3 Techniques for Companies to Preserve the Knowledge of Retiring Employees to capture the experience and knowledge as experts within our organizations are retiring. And we talked about how to transfer that knowledge from those who are retiring to those who are coming into our workforce: the millennials. In this blog series, “eLearning in Leadership Training and Development,” we’re looking at another challenge facing the workforce of the future: leadership… or rather, the lack of it. This potential shortage of leaders is listed in the Outlook on the Global Agenda 2015 as the 3rd most troubling trend, right up there with deepening income inequality and persistent jobless growth.
If you have a company fleet and company drivers then you know how serious the driver shortage is today. Drivers have many employment options that include signing bonuses, inflated pay rates, and many other incentives. Other employers are actively recruiting drivers, your drivers, and you should have a plan to keep them happily employed with you.
Employers who rely on temporary workers may soon find themselves required to train the temporaries as though they were their own employees.
In the world of online training or e-learning, there are basically two types of courses. There are training courses that rely on generic, off the shelf material and those that use custom content designed specifically for your company. They are really very different and they serve very different purposes.
How much will e-learning cost me? This is a question that most Operations Executives, HR Managers and Training Managers ask at some point. It’s not an easy question to answer since there are so many possible variables. A better question and one that can be answered with a degree of certainty is “What is the cost of NOT training?”
Does Your Company Have a Safety Culture? This is a question all managers and executives need to ask themselves and then honestly evaluate their organization. Why is this so important?
I recall many years ago when I was finishing my basement and I felt comfortable doing much of the work myself. Rough carpentry was fairly simple, running conduit was easy, attaching lights was not hard, screwing drywall was quick and forgiving. But there was one thing I would not tackle, drywall finishing. I recall watching the contractor putting on the mud and carefully scraping it away until it was perfectly smooth. As I watched him I commented how good he was at this and I’ll never forget his response: “Hey, I’m a professional, I do this for a living”.