My people have been trained; why is it not making a difference? Part 1

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By Martin Royal

It's been well established over the years that training initiatives often result in a limited transfer of the learning employees take back to the workplace. While you'll commonly hear that only 10% of what employees learn is implemented, according to a study done by Saks & Belcourt (2006) who surveyed members of a training and development society, this figure is closer to an average of 47% over a period of one year after training,. In any case, what this suggests is that few training investment dollars actually turn into meaningful changes in the workplace.

The Benefits of Self-directed Learning

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By Kelly Cave & Julia Borges

Organizations face various challenges in today’s dynamic and complex world. With constantly changing technology, markets, and social trends, organizations must quickly learn and adapt in order to remain competitive within their markets. This increase in the importance of continuous learning has encouraged many organizations to transform themselves into learning organizations. A learning organization is an organization that places a high importance on learning and continuous improvement within their culture. This can be done by creating a supportive environment, implementing concrete learning processes, and encouraging leadership that reinforces learning (Garvin, Edmondson, & Gino, 2008). Whichever processes, methods, or practices leaders use to foster this type of culture, they all have a common goal: they want their team members to embrace continuous learning as a career-long process (Ellinger, 2004). As organizations work to become learning organizations, the more learning capability at the individual level becomes critical for success (Ellinger, 2004). Read More...