What Does The Metaverse Mean for L&D?

What does the metaverse mean for L&D?

Facebook’s recent rebrand to ‘Meta’, and announcement that it is hiring 10,000 people in Europe with the sole focus of building the ‘metaverse’, signals a move away from simply social to something different – and well, more ambitious.

But what the heck is the metaverse? And what does it mean for those of us in L&D?

While we’ve yet to fully know how Zuckerberg’s vision will pan out, the vision is that the future of digital engagement is a blended life, where we exist not only IRL but in the digital realm.

Given our current environment, it isn’t much of a leap to accept his vision of this hybrid existence, where our lives straddle two different worlds.

But before we dig into the wild speculation of what this could mean for us mere mortal L&D professionals, a bit of context setting is always useful.

Continue reading “What Does The Metaverse Mean for L&D?”

Techniques to Compete in an Attention-Starved World

Techniques to compete in an attention-starved world

Our attention is a valuable resource. Not too long ago, three major networks scheduled weekly events like “TGIF” and “Must See TV” to capture it. Now there is a plentitude of channels and apps that we can watch anytime, anywhere. We sneak our binge-watching between texts, Gchats, Slacks, and emails—and maybe even the occasional old-fashioned phone call.

As the Berkeley Economic Review notes, our present-day technology exposes us to an overwhelming amount of information, strategically aimed at capturing our attention. Popular entertainment and social media platforms generate revenue by connecting users to content, increasing the number of users, and increasing the time they spend interacting with each other and the platform. But the more information we receive, the more scarce and limited our attention becomes.

Continue reading “Techniques to Compete in an Attention-Starved World”

Building A Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Curriculum That Works

How to Build a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Curriculum That Works

Research from GreatPlaceToWork.com shows that a diverse and inclusive workplace is more innovative, has higher revenue growth and 5.4X higher employee retention. We look at how building a thoughtful curriculum is the key to engaging your team and meeting your Diversity & Inclusion / DEI goals, while keeping your organisation legally compliant.

Organisations are eager to create training programs to help build work environments where employees feel valued and can achieve their potential, regardless of who they are. Getting it right takes a mix of understanding organisational goals and the level of employee sensitivity. Once you have your starting point and destination determined, what’s next?

Continue reading “Building A Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Curriculum That Works”

How People Analytics Are Transforming Pandemic Reskilling

How People Analytics Are Transforming Pandemic Reskilling

As Australia returns to work, skills gaps and talent shortages are front and centre, and along with it, the demand for critical workplace learning. The good news is that people analytics are transforming the process for the better. Here’s what your organisation can do now to become more efficient and effective with your eLearning strategies.

A century ago, companies such as Ford Motor Company, became a testing ground for applied psychology in order to optimise roles, tasks and job design around productivity – now somewhat affectionately know as The Assembly Line.

Today, however, as organisations drive digital transformation, a much more sophisticated, approach based on smart technologies is well underway – and it has been so, even before the pandemic made work-from-home “a thing”.

Companies such as Google and Microsoft are ramping up on data science, recruiting Ph.D.’s in industrial / organisational psychology, and using AI and big data to improve their talent management systems.

The People Analytics era is here. And as the pandemic accelerated virtual work, the huge volumes of data available to understand and predict employee behaviours, will only stand to enable more opportunities for managing through tech and data.

But raw data is one thing. The Good Oil is in the insights. For that, you need the right framework, model or expertise to ensure the data is meaningful, enabling action and data-driven decisions and changes in the organisation.

Continue reading “How People Analytics Are Transforming Pandemic Reskilling”

Combat Virtual Work Fatigue With Microlearning

Workers are busier than ever, and according to a new study, even in the early days of the pandemic, 73% reported feeling exhausted citing no separation between work and life (27%) and unmanageable workloads (21%) as top reasons.

With many companies going remote for the foreseeable future, it’s difficult to get your team to sit down and take, much less engage with, a formal eLearning course.

Enter microlearning

Microlearning has been around for a while, but this may be the first time you’ve been asked to create microlearning and you’re probably wondering what’s the best way to create an engaging micro-course.

Start with these 3 best practices and you’ll be well on your way to creating awesome microlearning

Continue reading “Combat Virtual Work Fatigue With Microlearning”