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Why learning’ experiences should be built into our everyday lives

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By Aldona Limani, EMEA Market Development Lead at Docebo 

In a time of economic uncertainty, news day by day and countrywide lockdowns, companies have been forced to induct new methods of working that rely on technology.

Although companies have successfully created internal programmes to swiftly learn, develop and adapt to new ways of working, fostering a remote working culture with upskilling at its core still requires some mastering. In this new virtual environment, a critical task for companies now is how to safeguard the importance of education in the workplace and what benefits does it bring?

The Art of Adding value

In the short term, the need to communicate with clients and colleagues virtually and effectively has led to companies rushing through a wave of new software tutorials. Whilst the number of new tools to learn may prove overwhelming, employees will become more resilient and adaptable, and their organisation more agile, collaborative and sustainable.

From online courses to bringing in speakers to deliver targeted educational sessions, there are an array of opportunities for remote workers to explore. However, developing continuous learning habits in this fast-changing world may require more work, but when it is done successfully it enables employees to sharpen up their skills and develop professionally by leveraging new tools to access the knowledge they need, using learning formats they choose.

Companies can add value by enabling employees to take charge of their learning. Using the right technology, including mobile and artificial intelligence-powered tools, workers can determine easily what they need to learn and are able to quickly uncover the best way to access that learning when they need it. Asset management firm Eurizon, for example, has begun offering virtual classroom sessions on customer training for its employees through a joint integration between video conferencing platform Zoom and learning management specialists Docebo.

Predictions suggest up to 20,000 shops and over 250,000 employees in the UK alone could be at risk due to the impact of COVID-19. To keep up to date in a perilous, fast-moving business climate and rapidly respond to change, continuous learning holds more weight than ever.

For it to work, continuous learning must be viewed as more than just another task or learning strategy. It must evolve into a “lifestyle” that comes naturally within the flow of work, which will take time, effort and diligence but rests on the organisational management to implement.

 Supporting every worker

With an accelerated pace of change to the way we work, it is critical for businesses to build a resilient, adaptable workforce, readily equipped to maintain optimum performance. This requires skills, learning opportunities, formal training and continuous professional development tailored to the realities of remote working.

One major advantage of flexible digital learning is that it enables learners to engage at a time and place to suit their individual needs, whether geographical, professional or personal. For employees in financial services, flexibility has become a necessity, particularly given how technology has transformed the financial services sector during the last decade.

According to a survey report released by Docebo, one in three (33 per cent) UK employees do not feel qualified for their current jobs, with 32 per cent fearing that their boss or colleagues think the same about them. These fears impact workers’ wellbeing at work, with one in four (23 per cent) fearing they may be let go from their job at least once a month because of their lack of skills. A crucial way to allay the stigma related to not feeling highly skilled is to ensure companies make outstanding training materials available for all. With those workers now based remotely, ensuring the digital learning tools they need to overcome those issues will keep productivity high in a challenging environment. In some cases, upskilling in banks has become mandatory with fears they could become less competitive in the future. Singapore’s United Overseas bank last year decided to put all of its 26,000 employees through a 12-week learning and development  programme designed to help them prepare for a digital future.

A changing workforce

In addition to ensuring financial services is adequately prepared for unpredictable challenges, companies must appreciate they now cater for numerous different demands from their employees, and that they play an important role in talent development and retention. This includes needs such as flexible working, childcare or other domestic responsibilities.

Increasing cohorts of the workforce are now made up of millennials, a generation that grew up with the emergence of online platforms, who are more inclined to help themselves to the learning they need whenever they need it. They are now being joined by ‘Gen-Z’, who were born well after the dawn of ‘always connected’ services and technologies. Together, these new workforce learners mean the learner population expects to be able to leverage the best learning technologies to enable their development. For companies seeking to ensure educational opportunities are used, fostering a culture of continuous learning requires a recognition of this healthy appetite for new employees to own their development and use the tools that work for them.

Those learners are also more than willing to play an active role in their L&D activities, including opportunities to contribute via less formal means. Because millennials grew up after widespread adoption of the internet and spent their school years looking up information for homework and projects online, they relish opportunities to uncover their own learning, and consider professional development one of the most important elements of an organisation’s culture. Companies should embrace that!

The widespread coronavirus outbreak has had a tragic impact, disrupted the global economy, and rapidly accelerated the move to virtual working. To adapt to the pace of change and survive, companies must get to grips with continuous learning, and ensure that their new virtual workforces adopt a healthy continuous learning culture in their new environment. New digital learning tools can empower the workforce to do just that, and give them the learning experiences needed to maintain productivity and high standards in difficult times.

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Staff training crucial for SME recovery post-COVID

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  • 47% of UK’s top performing SMEs provide regular, formalised training for all staff
  • Despite this, 15% of small businesses report to never training staff
  • New findings come as part of an independent, holistic study into small business success, commissioned by Allica Bank to support British businesses

A new study, commissioned by business bank, Allica Bank, shows that the practice of regular training correlates strongly with high performance in SMEs and will be vital to businesses’ prospects of a swift recovery post-COVID. The study analysed data from over 1,000 companies and ranked their success on a scale that evaluated factors including productivity, growth, consistency and outlook.

Post-pandemic, many businesses will be focussing on day-to-day survival; it might be easy to forget long-term planning, of which staff training is a key component. Allica Bank’s findings indicate that small businesses should incorporate training programmes into their recovery strategy to ensure long-term viability. Training will improve morale, retention and boost the company’s credibility.

The study showed that routine staff training is a common characteristic among the most successful SMEs. 47% of the 100 highest scorers on the SME Performance Index provided training for employees at least on a quarterly basis. However, nearly half of all small businesses (46%) only provide training once a year or less, inadvertently hindering their growth and success prospects.

Frequency of training also differed across sectors. 34% of legal businesses provide training for staff once a month compared to just 6% in the hospitality and leisure sector. Whilst there will always be sector-specific disparities, firms in all industries can benefit from boosting and improving their training programmes.

Chris Weller, Chief Commercial Officer, Allica Bank, said:

With so many concerns and barriers for small businesses to navigate in the immediate term, it can be difficult for managers to focus on the training and development of their teams. However, if COVID has taught us anything, it is that adaptability and resilience are invaluable.

“The provision of regular training not only builds these characteristics into teams but serves to maintain a sense of value and togetherness that will boost morale, aide retention and improve performance – all of which contribute to the ongoing success of a business.”

“There is no one-size-fits-all approach to training, but it’s vital for business longevity that staff are supported with a formalised programme of some description. Customers will respond well to a company whose employees demonstrate enthusiasm and competence. Employees also need to feel that their skills are constantly being improved and expanding. These skills will contribute to the success of a company and this will feed through to the bottom line.”

Allica Bank’s SME Guide to Success identified six ‘rules to success’ that were more likely to be displayed by top-performing SMEs compared to their counterparts. The full report contains a wealth of additional data and insight into each of these topics.

As part of its mission to empower small businesses, Allica Bank is making the findings freely available and running a series of free online workshops with relevant partner organisations for businesses to attend.

Aliya Vigor-Robertson, CEO, JourneyHR, the expert partner for Allica Bank’s training workshop, adds:

Staff need direction and the knowledge that they are advancing in their career to stay motivated and engaged at work. An unmotivated, disengaged team is no recipe for long-term success and will ultimately hamper a business. Team members that lack tangible support from above are less likely to identify with their role and its duties, which is a completely natural reaction.

“Regular staff training is a key component of tangible support and will make the team feel secure in their career development. A happy team with purpose and direction will contribute to a thriving business”

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What Is Globalization

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What is globalization? Globalization, or inter-connectedness, is the ever-growing process of integration and interaction among countries, individuals, businesses, and even governments all over the world. Globalization has rapidly accelerated in recent years because of advances in communication and transportation technology. This allows us to be able to get from one country to another quickly and easily. This also allows us to communicate freely use the Internet to connect with our friends and families around the world.

So what is globalization and why is it important? Globalization will benefit many people around the world who are looking to travel more freely, save money on their monthly expenditure, be able to meet new friends and relatives from different parts of the world, learn more about a new culture, and take part in trade and commerce.

Globalization will benefit all of us because there will be more opportunities for everyone to participate in global markets. People in different countries have access to resources, information, and products they wouldn’t have otherwise been able to afford. There are also many opportunities for people to work at home.

Globalization is not just an economic boon, but it can also benefit all of us in other ways. As globalization continues, the boundaries between individuals, states, and countries will become less porous. There will be fewer political conflicts in the world, less violence, and a greater sense of cooperation, tolerance, and peace. These are all positive impacts of globalization.

However, globalization has also created some negative effects as well. It has caused people from one country to move to another to take advantage of globalization. This is also leading to some negative consequences such as a reduction of jobs in some countries. The effects of globalization also include increased competition and unemployment in many countries. Due to this decrease in jobs, wages are dropping.

The only way we can stop globalization is to make sure that we know what it is and what its benefits are. We must understand globalization and its impact on our lives and make sure we are ready to accept the changes that it may bring. if it is inevitable in the future.

The key is to be educated about globalization. There are plenty of books, websites, and television shows that explain how globalization is impacting us and the rest of the world. Globalization is not always bad, but we must be careful not to lose sight of its positives.

In the end, globalization is here to stay, so we must learn to live with it and embrace its benefits. We cannot fight it and try to fight it off, but we must learn to deal with it. And we can do that by educating ourselves. Globalization is here to stay for the long term but we must learn to adapt to it and learn how to live with it.

Globalization can be beneficial for all of us, but it has also caused many problems in the past. There were many cases of unfair trade practices and there was the rise of unfair labor practices. Some people argue that globalization has also reduced the pay of most Americans. So while globalization is definitely not all bad, we should understand that the benefits of globalization are not unlimited. and that we must be willing to give it some limitations and accept some sacrifices.

The biggest benefit of globalization is the ability for all of us to communicate with each other easily. The ability to connect with other people across borders makes it possible to share ideas, information, and knowledge. Since we can communicate with each other, the chances of getting a good price for our goods or services goes up dramatically. and it also allows us to save money by buying in bulk. This also translates to more savings on our end.

As mentioned earlier, globalization has brought about a change in the way people work and live because people are no longer tied down by jobs. They now have the freedom to travel and do what they enjoy.

As globalization continues, there will always be some people who are unhappy with globalization and are afraid to open their eyes to new opportunities that are available to them. But that is okay; this is part of the process of globalization.

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Microsoft Teams is an application and web-based collaboration tool that combines chat, videos, online collaboration, document storage, and collaboration with other applications. The service integrates well with the Microsoft Office 365 business solution and features numerous extensions that can integrate well with other non-Microsoft products, like SharePoint. There are many different versions of Microsoft Teams but here are some of the basic functions that all versions offer.

Teams also offers a variety of options for people to create and customize their own groups. This feature provides a way for people to organize their teams within Microsoft Teams. For example, there may be teams for business projects and then another group for personal tasks or social tasks. There are also different types of teams which include teams for social, personal and business.

Microsoft Teams allows users to make lists of files and documents and view them from different perspectives such as in the document viewer or from another Microsoft Teams project. This feature is called “project pane”, and it shows a summary of each of the files in the project. There are also sections for all files in the project that you can see in the “Files” pane.

Microsoft Teams gives users the ability to share information and collaborate on these shared items. A user can create a document that has other people add comments or attach files and then save the document to a list so that other people can view the document in a Microsoft Teams document viewer.

Another feature of Teams is the ability for you to invite other team members to work with you. A user can join a team and then invite other team members to collaborate with the team members who join the team. You can also invite team members to join a new team. When a team member joins a new team, they will be automatically added to your existing teams and the teams will merge together.

Microsoft Teams provides a number of different ways for you to collaborate with others and see the files and documents of others. These include groups and threads in the main document viewer. You can search your files using the search box in the document viewer and you can share your documents with others by email.

Microsoft Teams provides users with a variety of different tools to help you organize and manage your teams. You can assign members to specific teams, assign permissions to members, create custom groups, organize tasks and events, and organize files and documents into groups.

Microsoft Teams can help you build a team and create a collaboration culture that you want to create at your organization. You can use this tool to build effective teams and increase productivity and improve your relationships within the organization. Microsoft Teams offers a variety of options to help you get started and become more productive quickly and easily.

Teams are created easily. If you have several departments within your organization and need to create a team for each department you can do this easily. Teams are made easy and you can get your teams up and running quickly.

One of the best features of Microsoft Teams is the ability to invite people from around the world and let them work with the same documents and projects. You can have the documents and projects organized and shared in the same way throughout the entire organization, regardless of what country they were created in. You can create a similar project in the same language that they were created in and share it with other employees in the organization.

One of the most amazing features of Microsoft Teams is the ability to have multiple team members edit and view the documents and files in the same way. With Microsoft Teams you can have a document and have people edit the same document at the same time without any problems. The changes that you make can also be seen by other team members and can be modified by them without ever needing to send the document again.

Microsoft Teams is the perfect tool for building a powerful and effective collaboration culture. You can share documents and files in the same way that the rest of the organization can view the information.

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