ISPI Performance Digest
June. 8, 2010


European Union says skills training key to growth
The European Union is calling on its members states to invest in education and skills in the workplace as a means to fight its way out of the global recession. The Council of the European Union has said "The European Union is facing one of its biggest challenges as a consequence of the global recession. The way out of the crisis must mean moving to a more competitive economy, which is knowledge-based, inclusive and sustainable, giving good employment opportunities for women and men. Special attention must be paid to young people and disadvantaged groups, providing them with employment and training opportunities to prevent their social exclusion."More

How to make a PIP more tolerable — and productive
Federal Times
Performance improvement plans are not fun for either the manager or the employee. But, both the manager and the employee can make the best of a PIP. The PIP is a notice to the employee of an opportunity to improve performance, or be fired. From the employee's perspective, it is almost like being put back on probation, and should be regarded as such. From the manager's viewpoint, a PIP is a lot of work with a seemingly never-ending period of putting up with a non-performer. The employee who receives a PIP notice should take it seriously and respond with a positive attitude and much hard work.More

ISPI SkillCast: Evidence-based training: Moving beyond fads and fiction in workforce learning
Are you wasting resources on training myths? Come to this session for a preview of Ruth Clark's new book: Evidence Based Training. During the session, Ruth will reveal the research behind three prevalent training myths and review brain-based proven training strategies to replace them. Specifically we will look at the psychology and evidence regarding: learning styles, the best use of visuals and audio to promote learning, when to use and when to lose animations, which delivery media teach best, and the what, when, why and for whom of three instructional architectures: Show and Tell, Stair Step, and Immersive.More

How to accelerate business performance with 2.0 technologies
With the big U.S. Enterprise 2.0 conference a week away, some more thoughts on accelerating business performance with the effective deployment of these modern technologies. Modern technology has greatly accelerated the rate at which we can create letters, documents, notes and voice communication, but these outdated workflow paradigms are inefficient and choking the arteries of businesses with terrabytes of hard to find information.More

Learning to succeed
The economic and social pressures today on organizations are so strong, they are changing the work world at a pace never encountered before. Hardly have employees become familiar with new processes and work methodologies that they are asked to unlearn them and learn even newer and more sophisticated ways of working. In the late '80s and early '90s, employees were principally selected to fill vacancies that required specified knowledge, skills and abilities to perform a specific job or combination of tasks. Once employed, the person would probably do the same job for the rest of his career, climb the so-called career ladder and be remunerated on a seniority-based system. But this career journey model is obsolete. Training and development have become a continuous process if one does not want to be rendered irrelevant in one's workplace.More

The danger and pleasure in being yourself
David Thompson wrote in Management-Issues "I bumped into a colleague outside of a work context recently. He was just out with his family, on a Saturday doing chores-with-the-family-on-a-Saturday kind of stuff, and we bumped into each other in Starbucks. During the week, this person is suited and booted, always smart, smooth, and professional. When we met, he was unshaven, and dressed down. Really dressed down. And you know what? He looked like a different person. When I said hi, he did a double take and had more than a hint of embarrassment in his eye, as if his cover had somehow been blown. Like I had stumbled across his secret world, where he was real, exposed. Well, himself. And this got me to thinking. What is he missing out on at work? What are his people missing out on? He looked so much more at ease, comfortable, free, relaxed outside of work. He looked happy, relaxed. He was warmer. He looked authentic."More

HR teams don't have access to the data they need to make important decisions
HR Magazine
U.K. companies and HR departments do not have the information they need to make crucial business decisions, new research suggests. The UK Talent Intelligence Survey from Taleo shows there are significant gaps between the information considered important to decision-making and the data that is available. In all but one type of data, there is a notable gap between the importance U.K .companies place on certain types of information and the actual access they have to this data.More

How to work past retirement
The Guardian
We are all living longer, but our pension pots are shrinking. So if you need to keep earning — or you just enjoy your job — what can you do to ensure you work past 65? More than half the people planning to retire this year would be willing to work on, according to research published by the Prudential.More

Online education to play a big role in the teaching process
Daily News & Analysis
If your child is bitten by the online bug, it could be the starting point for a modern approach to learning. With the fatigue factor rising due to lengthy commutes and multiple subjects, students are gradually discarding traditional ‘brick and mortar’ tutorials. Online learning is popular abroad because it allows students to explore and tap into different options.More