TrainingFolks Blog

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

How to Move Instructor-led Training to the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Rachael Jones on Sep 28, 2017 8:55:00 AM


There are many good reasons for your company to move your Instructor-led Training (ILT) courses to a Virtual Classroom – saving money on travel costs, training geographically dispersed employees at one time, and recording sessions to use for future training.

But not all ILT programs are suitable for virtual delivery, also known as virtual Instructor-led Training (vILT). In others, some content may work virtually while other elements of the training will only work in-person. When adapting ILT courses for virtual delivery, here are the course elements you need to review.

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Topics: vilt, virtual classrooms, virtual classroom

Improve Technology User Adoption with Gamification

Posted by Rachael Jones on Sep 21, 2017 8:57:51 AM


When companies introduce new technology it is to improve productivity, streamline processes, and help employees work more efficiently. With all of these positive outcomes, you would think that most employees would be happy to adopt it. In reality, it is human nature to resist change, and getting employees to alter their daily routines is often a challenge.

Here are three ways to improve user adoption of new technology.

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Topics: Gamification, what is gamification, gamification in business

Microlearning for Easy, Accessible Corporate Training

Posted by Rachael Jones on Sep 14, 2017 9:17:00 AM


Emily was just promoted – she is now manager of the customer service team for student banking at a large financial institution. She is excited about her new position, and also a bit nervous as this is her first experience leading a team.

As a new manager, Emily wants to succeed and the first step is improving her management skills. She has been enrolled in her company’s three-day manager’s course which begins in two weeks – but she wants to start training now. With her days suddenly full of back to back meetings, when can she squeeze in professional development time?

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Topics: corporate training, microlearning

Company Changes to Attract, Engage & Retain Your Millennial Workforce

Posted by Rachael Jones on Sep 7, 2017 11:02:00 AM


There have been many studies, surveys and articles written about millennials in the workforce. This is not surprising considering that according to statistics, in less than 10 years 75% of the workforce will be made up of millennials. With this in mind, more and more companies are reviewing their workplace policies and practices to create a company culture that will attract, develop and retain millennials.

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Topics: Millennial Workforce, millennials in the workplace, millennial