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3 Ways to Use e-Learning to Build a Happier, More Productive Workplace in 2020

Business leaders increasingly understand that supporting workforce wellbeing — happiness — is critical for both individual employees and the organization. Balanced, inclusive companies see higher retention rates, lower absenteeism, increased innovation, higher quality of work, and other tangible benefits.

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Delivering Learning at Scale: Insights From edX’s Senior Learning Designer

True, impactful online content is much more than a video recording of a lecture delivered to 30 in-person students. Online learning is a unique environment with its own distinct strengths and opportunities for engagement.

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Follow the Data: Make Soft Skills Your L&D Super Power

In a surprising study, Google discovered that its highest performing teams aren’t those stacked with scientists, but interdisciplinary groups heavily benefitting from employees bringing strong soft skills to the collaborative process. Further, additional research found that it’s these soft skills, like good communication and empathetic leadership, not hard skills, that comprise the top predictors of success within the company.

Research from MIT Sloan echoed Google’s findings, showing that soft skills training, even in more hands-on, technical roles in a factory setting, can improve work productivity. Initiated at five Bangalore factories, a controlled, twelve-month trial revealed that training in problem solving, communication, and decision-making yielded a 250 percent ROI in eight months.

Time and time again, industry data, market trends, and insights from top business leaders highlight soft skills as important, and yet they’re still often overlooked.

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3 Employee Learning Myths Debunked: Competency, Retention, and Productivity

As technology reshapes the future of work, workers are struggling to remain relevant. In an edX survey conducted last year, only one fifth of respondents considered the education from their college major to be translatable to their current field and more than one third experienced a lack of proficiency in at least one new skill area or subject area of a current or past job. In other words, your employees are also feeling the skills gap.

Workers are aware that they aren’t fully prepared for today’s changing skill requirements — but unsure how best to ask for help with professional development and training. In the same edX survey, almost half of respondents reported feeling uncomfortable asking their employer for help with learning opportunities and costs.

To counter the stigma of asking for help, anticipate the reasons employees are nervous to ask in the first place, and structure your messaging and programming accordingly. In this article, originally published in Forbes, edX founder and CEO Anant Agrawal debunks the three most common myths about employee learning:

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Why Corporate Learning Strategies Need to Include Active Learning

Today’s companies aren’t asking if it makes sense to implement e-learning and training programs, but how. Employees’ time is limited, resources are constrained, and navigating the learning landscape can be difficult. How do you maximize your employees’ attention, get them up to speed on critical skills as quickly as possible, and, most importantly, ensure that learning is effective?

The problem is complex and the stakes are higher than ever. Businesses face enormous risk and competition in today’s digital economy and need to ensure that critical functions are in the hands of people with the proven ability to do. To meet this demand, companies must provide learning to their employees that is deep and transformational.

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3 Ways to Use e-Learning to Build a Happier, More Productive Workplace in 2020

Business leaders increasingly understand that supporting workforce wellbeing — happiness — is critical for both individual employees and the organization. Balanced, inclusive companies see higher retention rates, lower absenteeism, increased innovation, higher quality of work, and other tangible benefits.

Delivering Learning at Scale: Insights From edX’s Senior Learning Designer

True, impactful online content is much more than a video recording of a lecture delivered to 30 in-person students. Online learning is a unique environment with its own distinct strengths and opportunities for engagement.

Follow the Data: Make Soft Skills Your L&D Super Power

In a surprising study, Google discovered that its highest performing teams aren’t those stacked with scientists, but interdisciplinary groups heavily benefitting from employees bringing strong soft skills to the collaborative process. Further, additional research found that it’s these soft skills, like good communication and empathetic leadership, not hard skills, that comprise the top predictors of success within the company.

Research from MIT Sloan echoed Google’s findings, showing that soft skills training, even in more hands-on, technical roles in a factory setting, can improve work productivity. Initiated at five Bangalore factories, a controlled, twelve-month trial revealed that training in problem solving, communication, and decision-making yielded a 250 percent ROI in eight months.

Time and time again, industry data, market trends, and insights from top business leaders highlight soft skills as important, and yet they’re still often overlooked.

3 Employee Learning Myths Debunked: Competency, Retention, and Productivity

As technology reshapes the future of work, workers are struggling to remain relevant. In an edX survey conducted last year, only one fifth of respondents considered the education from their college major to be translatable to their current field and more than one third experienced a lack of proficiency in at least one new skill area or subject area of a current or past job. In other words, your employees are also feeling the skills gap.

Workers are aware that they aren’t fully prepared for today’s changing skill requirements — but unsure how best to ask for help with professional development and training. In the same edX survey, almost half of respondents reported feeling uncomfortable asking their employer for help with learning opportunities and costs.

To counter the stigma of asking for help, anticipate the reasons employees are nervous to ask in the first place, and structure your messaging and programming accordingly. In this article, originally published in Forbes, edX founder and CEO Anant Agrawal debunks the three most common myths about employee learning:

Why Corporate Learning Strategies Need to Include Active Learning

Today’s companies aren’t asking if it makes sense to implement e-learning and training programs, but how. Employees’ time is limited, resources are constrained, and navigating the learning landscape can be difficult. How do you maximize your employees’ attention, get them up to speed on critical skills as quickly as possible, and, most importantly, ensure that learning is effective?

The problem is complex and the stakes are higher than ever. Businesses face enormous risk and competition in today’s digital economy and need to ensure that critical functions are in the hands of people with the proven ability to do. To meet this demand, companies must provide learning to their employees that is deep and transformational.

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