ISPI Performance Digest
Nov. 9, 2010

Town hall training: Is development the new dosh?
The Guardian
Town halls are changing the way they deliver staff training and development as they look to save money and create the employees with the skills they need to see them through what have been described as the toughest and deepest public sector spending cuts since World War II. Some authorities like Essex county council, which employs 36,000 staff are pooling their human resources skills with 14 other local authorities across the county in order to reduce costs and share their expertise. But smaller authorities like Chorley borough council in Lancashire, England are also transforming their human resources services with dramatic effect.More

Learning & Development analysis: Trainers get social
AV Magazine
Training has seen the future, and it's confused. On the one hand, there's a heated debate going on about whether the industry should still be using the word 'training,' rather than 'learning and development' (L&D). On the other, practitioners now have to come to terms with the fact that social media, online and the demands of digital-native trainees (or learners) are taking over from more conventional techniques. These are among the least negative conclusions that could be drawn from the Broadcast & Equality Training Regulator (BETR) Learning and Development in Broadcasting conference, held at BAFTA on October 10.More

ISPI SkillCast: Social media at work
ISPI
Learn more about the startling growth of social media and social networking in our personal and business lives. We will begin the session with some level-setting on what social media is and then discuss the areas in which social media has the potential to improve organizational performance. Come take a look into Web 2.0/social media tools that can help leaders with their organizations and to improve the learning experience and impact of employees. This session is about how trailblazing organizations can use social networking tools effectively to improve organization performance. More

Where CLOs are spending
Chief Learning Officer
Economic conditions continue to affect investments in learning, but minor changes are expected for 2011. Investment in learning and development has reached equilibrium. Overall, investment in learning technologies and services did not rebound as much as expected in 2010 — with about as many firms increasing their spending as decreasing it compared with 2009. Going forward, investment in learning technologies continues to be a priority compared with most other spending alternatives. Custom content development appears to be the area expecting the most growth in the next 12 to 24 months.More

The information workplace: Do you have the right tools to be productive?
CMS Wire
How many tabs are open in your browser window right now? Of those open, how many of them are web-based applications designed to help you communicate, collaborate or manage content? If you're like many knowledge workers, chances are you employ many disconnected technologies on a regular basis. However, things may soon change. According to a recent report by Forrester, organizations are finding new ways to drive information worker productivity. More and more tech vendors are taking notice, offering end-to-end information workplace solutions.More

Report finds manufacturers need better goal alignment to stay competitive
Reliable Plant Magazine
Halogen Software recently announced the findings of a new report from Aberdeen Group that takes an in-depth look at how manufacturing organizations can achieve best-in-class employee performance management. The study draws a strong link between talent management processes such as goal alignment and employee development and the overall success of manufacturing organizations. Aberdeen also highlights Halogen customer CFS as an example of the powerful impact that employee performance management best practices can have on achieving organizational goals.More

New ways of learning rely on social networks
Federal News Radio
It's common to think of learning as only structured classroom exercises or planned training sessions. But collaborative tools are offering more options for people to learn. Andrew Krzmarzick, the community manager for GovLoop, writes a blog called "Stop Learning the Hard Way." Krzmarzick joined the DorobekINSIDER to preview this Friday's Federal News Radio Book Club discussion about "The New Social Learning". "Based on my experiences, most people when they hear 'training' they think, classroom-based experience or some kind of virtual or online environment. I think we need to think about learning as, 'When I have a question, on the job, where can I turn?'" Krzmarzick said. "A lot of people are turning to Google, but others are turning to social networks to ask their peers for their insight." Many agencies and organizations set up training sessions for employees throughout the year. Krzmarzick explains that while these are helpful, they must be supplemented with other options. More

All schools categorized based on performance
Times-Call
The Colorado Department of Education has formally assigned every Colorado school to one of four improvement-plan categories based on a new school performance framework. The categories — performance, improvement, priority improvement and turnaround — are based on academic achievement, academic growth and achievement gaps between different groups of students. In high school, post-secondary readiness also is considered. According to the department, 62 percent of all schools are on performance plans, the highest category. Another 21 percent are on improvement plans; 7 percent are on priority improvement plans; and 4 percent are on turnaround plans. The department is still reviewing data for about 5 percent of the schools, none of which are in the St. Vrain Valley School District. More

5 ways to bridge the generation gap at work
The Economic Times
Age no longer ensures seniority in the workplace. Performance is what it's all about. Fresh ideas, out-of-the-box thinking, energy, ability to adapt and learn on the job are becoming increasingly important. Many older, seasoned executives, especially in the private sector, are suddenly finding themselves overtaken by GenNext. This shift of power often ends up creating a not-so-congenial atmosphere at the workplace. But the twain can meet.More