ISPI Performance Digest
Sep. 18, 2012

Cost-effective onboarding
HR Review
Onboarding can be broken down into two distinct types, though often both will be used concurrently. They are acculturation and transactional onboarding. How a business implements effective onboarding will depend on its size and structure as well as location — does it have bases in multiple global territories? As a basic rule of thumb, a company that hires regularly throughout the year and has an HR department spending a sizeable amount of their time on onboarding practices will benefit from the use of automated onboarding software that manages both phases. More

Flexibility is the goal of mixing permanent, contingent workers
HR.BLR.com
A new study by Randstad finds many U.S. companies are more committed to utilizing a mix of permanent and contingent workers as a long-term business strategy in the post-recession economy. The study also shows many workers are choosing to work in a contingent capacity and finding higher job satisfaction from doing so. These new findings are part of the first annual Randstad "Workforce360" study of 225 human resources managers and 2,035 employed adults, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Randstad.More

How important is informal learning?
Learning Solutions Magazine
It's critical that training and development professionals not go overboard with command and control when they support informal learning. If they do they are likely to kill it. And since informal learning makes up the bulk of learning inside organizations, this could be a truly perilous move. The results of a recent eLearning Guild Research report, "Smart Companies Support Informal Learning," confirm that informal learning comprises 50 percent to 80 percent of all workplace learning, and workers say it is more important to them than training programs.More

4 elements of effective virtual training
Training Industry
As the world's economic woes continue, travel budgets are coming under increasing scrutiny, and the desire for virtual training is growing. However, "virtual training" encompasses many types of learning — from self-directed education to computer-based, self-paced e-training to webinars to fully-functional "virtual classroom"-type activities. And this is only the first problem facing those who are trying to choose training providers.More

Your work desk might be making you dumb
HRM Asia
Everyone knows that sitting at your desk working all day is making you fatter — but it turns out it might be making you dumber as well. In a recent report by The New York Times, scientists said they have discovered that when workers sit in the office all day, "electrical activity in the muscles drops . . . leading to a cascade of harmful metabolic effects."More

12 innovative ways to learn
Young Entrepreneur Council via Business 2 Community
As the Web rapidly transforms the way we consume knowledge, here's a quick look at some of the innovative tools, programs and startups that are rapidly changing how we learn. From a different approach in school to an ever-expanding body of resources, the opportunities for learning seem as varied and unique as individual learning styles.More