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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

In the modern workplace, it’s impossible to undersell the value of continuous learning. A robust employee development program not only helps keep workers engaged, but also helps bolster retention rates as well as an organization’s bottom line. However, despite this understanding, there is a disconnect between an employee’s desire to learn and the fulfillment of that goal in the modern workplace. According to recent studies, only about 25 percent of nonmanagement employees say their learning and training is linked to their professional development. One of the main issues is the means by which training is delivered in the workplace. The traditional impression is that companies will hold mandatory sessions employees are forced to attend, ticking off boxes after completion. However, these types of training sessions are rarely productive, and are becoming increasingly outdated as the way by which information is shared evolves. Online collaboration and on-demand video are drastically improving the learning and development world, and smart leadership must get on board with these new technological tools. However, only 39 percent of nonmanagers say their organizations use online collaborative tools to promote development.

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