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Rachael Jones

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How Effective is Your Training for Important Change Initiatives?

Posted by Rachael Jones on Dec 7, 2017 12:01:29 PM


The only thing that is constant is change, and the top companies recognize that change is inevitable as they continue to grow and evolve.

In most cases, successful change initiatives are those in which the project leaders communicated the planned change and the benefits for end users early and often, and included a plan for any required training at the beginning of the change management process. 

Unfortunately, more often than not, the need for training in these projects is identified too late in the process, or is an afterthought. 

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Topics: important change initiatives, organizational change contract trainers

Building a Successful Training Needs Assessment

Posted by Rachael Jones on Nov 30, 2017 10:22:34 AM


You know the story – a skill or knowledge gap is identified in your company and the learning and development team is engaged to develop a new training program. Often the timeline is short and the budget is tight.

As a learning professional, you understand the first step to a successful training program is a training needs assessment. But management may decide it isn’t necessary and want to skip this important step to save money and meet the deadline.

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Topics: training needs assessment, training needs assessment questions

Why Hire an Instructional Design Company Before You Need One

Posted by Rachael Jones on Nov 22, 2017 11:50:33 AM


When your learning and development team needs extra resources to help with a high-profile training project, you want to work with a company you’ve built a good relationship with, a partner you can trust. That's why it pays to choose an instructional design company before you actually need one. Here are 5 good reasons to outsource instructional services.

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Topics: instructional design companies, instructional design company, instructional design services

5 Tips for Selecting the Ideal Instructional Design Company

Posted by Rachael Jones on Nov 16, 2017 1:14:09 PM


Learning Leaders know that even the best managed training projects can be easily sidetracked. Some common issues include resources being reassigned to other initiatives, unexpected scope changes, and setting unrealistic timelines at the beginning of the project.

When this happens, you need help – and fast! That’s why it makes sense for learning and development teams to partner with a trusted instructional design company they can count on for assistance at a moment's notice. 

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Topics: instructional design companies, instructional design company, instructional design services

5 Corporate Training Lessons from Airline Safety Videos

Posted by Rachael Jones on Nov 9, 2017 10:13:55 AM


When you take a flight, do you watch the airplane safety video? Be honest.

Many inflight safety videos are good examples of what NOT to do in corporate training videos. They are often boring and if you look around the plane, pretty much no one pays attention to them.

Several years ago, Virgin America tried to address this issue by producing an animated safety video featuring wacky characters. The voice over was delivered in a mildly sarcastic tone, as if to say, “Yeah, we know you’ve seen this a hundred times but we still have to show it so at least we can try to make you smile”.

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Topics: corporate training, corporate training programs

Visit top training company at the I4PL 2017 Conference & Trade Show

Posted by Rachael Jones on Nov 2, 2017 8:01:00 AM

You're invited to join the TrainingFolks team at booth #501 at this year’s Institute for Performance and Learning (I4PL) Conference and Trade Show being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, November 6-7, 2017.

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Topics: top training company, I4PL Conference and Trade Show

7 Key Areas for a Successful Employee Onboarding Program

Posted by Rachael Jones on Oct 26, 2017 10:56:17 AM


Once your company has attracted and hired top talent for your team, the most important part of the hiring process begins  employee onboarding.

Onboarding is the process of introducing a new employee to the company, culture and their role, helping him or her adjust to the social and performance aspects of the job to quickly become a productive, contributing team member. A strong employee onboarding program is essential for engaging and retaining new hires. 

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Topics: onboarding program, employee onboarding, employee onboarding process

Overcoming Corporate Training Challenges with Microlearning

Posted by Rachael Jones on Oct 19, 2017 8:57:00 AM


Does your company experience this corporate training challenge? With constant changes in information and technology, employees know they need to be continuously learning to deliver peak performance in their jobs. Yet they are so busy, they struggle to find time for learning and development.

Consider these stats:

  • 1% of a typical work week or just 24 minutes is all most employees spend on learning and development
  • To learn what they need for their jobs, 70% of employees access search engines and 50% to 60% look for online courses
  • 30% of employees do most of their work somewhere other than their employer’s location1
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Topics: corporate training, microlearning

Implementing Mobile Learning? Learn 5 Mobile Learning Best Practices

Posted by Rachael Jones on Oct 12, 2017 8:52:00 AM


With more employees using mobile devices and working remotely than ever before, developing mobility initiatives and strategies is becoming a top priority for organizations of all sizes.

Cisco’s 2015 Mobility Landscape Survey states that 69% of respondents agree or strongly agree that “over the next 10 years, mobility will impact our organization as much as the World Wide Web has over the last 20 years.”1

Further, “78% agree mobility is a strategic imperative for our organization’s success.”2 Since the survey was done, these numbers have likely continued to increase.

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Topics: mobile learning, mobile learning best practices

Is Your Corporate Training Engaging Your Millennial Workforce?

Posted by Rachael Jones on Oct 5, 2017 8:51:00 AM


It has been widely reported that a work culture supporting employee engagement leads to greater employee retention. The Gallup survey “State of the American Workplace” found that only one-third of employees are “engaged” at work – they love their jobs and work hard every day to improve their organizations. That means two-thirds of employees are not engaged – 51% are “just there” and 16% are “actively disengaged”, miserable in their jobs and destroying much of the good work done by engaged employees.1

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Topics: corporate training, Millennial Workforce, employee retention, employee engagement, millennials in the workplace