As organizations continue to adopt a digitalized blended learning approach, it is more important than ever to invest and establish a culture of learning in order to be successful. Values, goals and more importantly, employees define a strong corporate culture.
Today’s multigenerational workforce includes employees between the ages of 18-80 years. Some employees are only starting their careers while others are approaching their retirement. The dominant three generations, which are forming a balanced mix of the workforce environment remain the same: baby boomers, Generation X-ers and millennials.
Developing effective leaders in today’s ultra-competitive work environment is key to running a successful organization. Great leaders have the power to influence and inspire others by establishing trustworthy relationships based on encouraging feedback and opinion. When employees feel like their voices are heard and taken into consideration, they are more likely to acquire a vested interest in a common goal, and have a sense of loyalty and pride in what they do.
Millennials have secured themselves as a dominant workforce within a majority of businesses and it’s time for many to take high-level executive positions and occupy the corner office of a reputable company. Nevertheless, by benefiting from the gained experience in large companies and a variety of learning technologies available, millennials prefer to test deep waters of a particular industry with their own start-up vessels rather be circumscribed inside the glass cabin. In such circumstances, an important question arises in regards to determining millennial leadership styles without emphasis on senior positions at the company.
With the influx of millennials in our workforce, successful organizations are leveraging learning technologies to meet the needs of today’s content sharing generation. The constant use of technologies and increase in social engagement with comments, likes and tweets, have dominated the way we consume information, interact with others and conduct business. Learning and development leaders are starting to recognize how critical social sharing and engagement is for organizational success.
We all know someone who has had a very bad first day of work. In fact, research shows that almost 4 percent of employees quit their job on the first day! Employees who get off to a poor start with a new company are more likely to underperform, fail to meet goals and leave within the year. So a proper, and thorough welcome for the new employee is paramount. But successful onboarding programs go beyond the paperwork, computer setup and desk assignment that most companies dole out on the first day of a new job.
Today, we live in a world of constant connectivity. Texting and social media are at the tips of our fingers and one might suggest that technology is becoming detrimental to our mental health. We are experts at multitasking and accustomed to checking our phones several times an hour in fear if we don’t, we might miss something.