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Social media gaining popularity as work tool
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Swedish online collaboration tool Projectplace recently presented a European survey that reveals the attitude of project workers towards different communication channels. The survey was conducted among project managers and project members in Scandinavia, Germany, the U.K., France and the Netherlands. The findings suggest that social media can have a positive impact on work productivity. More

How to increase returns on training investment
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Visionary leaders and organizations recognize the value that comes with training as a valuable tool for personal and professional development and, therefore, set an annual training budget. Most people talk about having attended excellent training away from their usual environment, but unless the training experiences fit with what they do back at work, it may not really be necessary. The best equation will be — pick great training, ensure that what is acquired would apply in the work situation and the result would be a tremendous return on the investment for the resources spent on training. More

ISPI SkillCast: Social media at work — How networking tools propel organizational performance
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Learn more about the startling growth of social media and social networking in our personal and business lives. We will begin the session with some level-setting on what social media is and then discuss the areas in which social media has the potential to improve organizational performance. Come take a look into Web 2.0/social media tools that can help leaders with their organizations and to improve the learning experience and impact of employees. This session is about how trailblazing organizations can use social networking tools effectively to improve organization performance. More

Processes may be outsourced, maturity cannot
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Raju Oak, a Consultant, Researcher and Change Agent specializing in Business Process Management, joins Six Sigma & Process Excellence IQ to discuss business processes and complexity. More

Are we multi-tasking our way into zero productivity?
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Ah, modern technology. Love it and can't live without it but when it comes to text messages, voicemails, e-mails, IMs, the internet and Twitter are we multi-tasking ourselves into getting absolutely nothing done at work? Vicky Salemi turned to Dr. Robert F. Bornstein, psychology professor at Adelphi University for answers. "The best way to understand the link between distraction and productivity," he says, "is in terms of two related phenomena: selective attention and divided attention." So, multi-tasking impairs productivity in the workplace primarily because people are limited in their ability to divide their attention. "It's not really possible to be texting (or chatting) and devoting adequate attention to another resource-intensive task. Each time we do this we lose some of the information from the task we performed most recently. "It fades from short-term memory. We must then refocus to regain that information when we switch our attention back to the original task, which takes time and effort." More

The role of corporate demographics in e-learning
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To ensure an e-learning program is successful, you need to fully understand the makeup of the company in which it’s being deployed. Corporate demographics are a valuable tool that helps organizations take stock of their programs and measure how well they are achieving their goals. This can be especially useful in the e-learning industry, where it is difficult to accurately measure the pervasiveness of learning adoption. When organizations benchmark their e-learning usage against others that may be similar to them in some aspect, be it industry, size, geography, etc., they are able to gain deeper insight into their e-learning programs. More

Leadership for a better world
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Today's real energy crisis is represented by our inability to rise to the occasion with new insights and approaches. Despite the enormous pool of talented people that has characterized almost two decades of globalization, most individuals and their ideas continue to be ensnared in organizational cages left over from periods of capital- and labor-intensity, designed for command-and-control, rather than liberation and excellence. The results? Great people achieving mediocre results. What an extraordinary waste. More

More companies launching workplace banking programs
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Washington, D.C., banks are reporting a resurgence in the popularity of workplace banking programs, as companies look for low-cost measures to beef up benefits in a constrained economic environment. These programs typically offer employees free or discounted financial services, while providing banks a source of new customers. More

Veterans Affairs chief learning officer Joy Hunter receives Lifetime Learning Leadership Award
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The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that Joy Hunter, chief learning officer for its Veterans Health Administration, has received the Lifetime Learning Leadership Award from the MASIE Center, an internationally recognized think tank focused on workforce education and performance. More
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