ISPI Performance Digest
Jul. 30, 2013

A tech veteran takes on the skills gap
The New York Times
Gary J. Beach has long been a close observer of technology, a frequent speaker on the conference circuit and a confidante of senior technology executives. More than six years ago, he decided to begin studying in earnest a much-debated issue, and a subject of ritual complaint among technology executives — the apparently lagging skills of the American workforce. His new book, "The U.S. Technology Skills Gap: What Every Technology Executive Must Know to Save America’s Future," argues the skills gap is really an education gap.More

Want to be a thought leader? Submit a presentation proposal!
Do you have a learning, insight, or technology tip to share? Applications are now open to present at the 2014 THE Performance Improvement Conference in Indianapolis, April 11-16, 2014. There are seven types of sessions this year:

All the instructions are detailed on the individual submission forms. Submit your session proposal before the Aug. 30 deadline. More

3 ways to increase e-learning completion rates
Getting people to complete e-learning courses is one of the biggest pain points that learning professionals face. Learning management systems are filled with data showing a large number of people who begin a class and the small number of people who complete a class. This completion gap is disturbing, and for the trendy massive open online course it is even worse. The good news is there are a few things we can do to increase e-learning completion rates.More

Millennials: Generation why?
Julie Bernhard
If millennials haven't hit your office yet, they are on their way. Easily identified by their smartphone obsessions, tech savvy and attention deficit disorders, millennials are infiltrating recruiting offices and headed to a cube near you. Immediate instincts might be to take an early retirement, but remarkably this new group of up-and-comers in Generation Y shouldn't have you wondering, "Generation why?" — they could be the next success story for your business. While it may seem like it's their world we live in, you can also use the following millennial traits to your advantage.More

Are you a hero, whiz kid or buddy? Get in character to run your business
Upstart Business Journal
It's clear Sammy Davis Jr. knew the power of first (and second, third or fourth) impressions when he gave this advice: "Whenever you step outside, you're on, baby, you're on." This statement is just as true for entrepreneurs and business owners as it is for celebrities. You never know where you'll meet your next client, customer or referral. More

Summer heat melts productivity in industrial buildings
Megan Browning
Sultry summer days might not be a big deal when there is a refreshing pool nearby, but unfortunately most workplaces don't provide this luxury. Industrial buildings aren't necessarily built for employee comfort, and the perils of summer heat can directly affect the productivity of workers — and the bottom line of businesses — if not properly addressed. Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards indicate temperatures of 100.4 degrees F and above are dangerous for workers, while air temperatures that exceed 95 degrees significantly increase the heat load on the body.More