The Disruption of Digital Learning: Ten Things We Have Learned

Editor’s note: Some interesting and challenging insights here from L&D analyst Josh Bersin. Most of the disruptions are powered by technology. And most of the new skills for L&D are just that – new.

Bad managers to blame for UK’s productivity crisis, says Bank of England’s chief economist 

Editor’s note: The Bank of England’s chief economist claims low productivity is a result of poor management. Is he right? Isn’t there a fundamental design fault in most managers’ job roles – that they have to mix technical and management tasks and that they are rewarded for technical, not management goals?

Why Almost Everything You’ve Been Told About Millennials and Gen Z Is Wrong

Editor’s note: Some interesting research insights here. The message is simple: what little differences there are between #generations in the workplace are set to diminish. So, let’s stop labeling people based on their age (young or old).

IBM is ending its decades-old remote work policy

Editor’s note: A pioneer of remote working, IBM, is asking employees to become office-based. It’s interesting to see the thinking behind the decision. Is this a big business problem being solved here? That is, IBM need to have start-up type environments to speed up innovation and that means people working together in the same place? Clearly there is a also cost-saving dimension to this.

Digital Transformation is Failing. Why?

Editor’s note: Using some of the data from the recently published 2017 Deloitte Human Capital Trends report, Paul Bromford makes some great observations about the fact the digital revolution has largely failed to impact they way we work. This is an opportunity for L&D professionals to take two leaps forward and really rethink what learning needs to look like in a digitally-transformed workplace.

Millions of UK workers at risk of being replaced by robots, study says

Editor’s note: Yet another report, this time by PwC, that predicts huge job losses as a result of automation. This article rightly raises questions around the implication of automation on education and lifelong learning.

11 tech trends you can bet your customer experience budgets on

Editor’s note: If you think that employee experience should reflect your customer experience then you you may be interested in these trends. What if learning adopted some of these trends?

Why Employees At Apple And Google Are More Productive

Editor’s note: The key to success for these companies is to create the right teams and have good leaders. Interesting to see the focus on teams rather than only the star performers.

Gig economy boosts income for many of its 1.3 million workers – but thousands could be missing out on employment rights

Editor’s note: The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has published research into the gig economy – what it is, its size and what working life is like for gig economy workers.

Food for thought: How your belly controls your brain

Editor’s note: Fascinating to hear how the brain and gut are linked and how the gut can influence our emotions.

3 habits of successful language learners

Editor’s note: This is the power of data. The habits outlined in this article are based on the behaviours of more than 100 million users of the Duolingo app. The result: if you want top learn a new language then learn regularly over time and ensure you review what you learn.

Chatbot that overturned 160,000 parking fines now helping refugees claim asylum

Editor’s note: I’d call this performance support and is an example of what chatbots could do to revolutionise performance support at work.

JPMorgan Marshals an Army of Developers to Automate High Finance

Editor’s note: The American bank has just automated work that took tens of thousands of hours. A good example of how technology is automting what used to be manual tasks carried out by professionals.

When the free BMWs and movie deals came, Leicester believed their own hype

Editor’s note: Some interesting insights here from Matthew Syed, author of Black Box Thinking, into why football league champions Leicester City have performed less well this season, sparking the sacking of their manager.

Learning Technologies Conference 2017

Editor’s note: This is a great resource – all the talks from the Learning technologies Conference 2017 in one Youtube playlist.