Every week, I read dozens of articles about management, human resources, and employee development. I look for advice grounded in reality that small and large companies can easily use to help people engage, perform, and improve. I’ve pulled the best ones from this week so you can get right to the good stuff.
Bill Murphy, Jr. lists several “good habits” he just can’t get into, including rising early, getting plenty of exercise, and staying perpetually optimistic. If you occasionally fall off the good habit wagon, you’ll enjoy this honest account of the compromises we all make in life.
Sharlyn Lauby reviews Bamboo’s new research on workplace distractions. While casual office conversation and social media both ranked as very common distractions, people viewed impromptu chats as positive for productivity while social media hinders it.
Here’s another strategy for your next training session. Research published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology suggests that drawing pictures helps people remember what they’ve learned.
In her article for Chief Learning Officer magazine this week, Bravetta Hassell cites a finding that 50% of all the people who leave a company do so within one year of being hired. She describes why new employees get little development attention, why it pays to focus more resources on them, and what learning professionals and managers can do to keep more new hires and reduce churn.
Agile learning simply refers to the way humans naturally learn – by trying something new, failing, reflecting, and building on what we already know. Fi Haywood casts this process in the context of the workplace in her article in People Development Magazine. You might be surprised at how many of these habits you already have. Who knew you were so naturally brilliant??