Nine lifestyle changes can reduce dementia risk, study says

Editor’s note: To help keep dementia at bay, researchers say we need to build up our cognitive reserves. One way to do this is to keep learning throughout our lives. Is this a higher goal for L&D teams – to help ensure good brain health for employees?

Daring to learn how to learn

Editor’s note: This research shows the importance of developing learning as a skill so that learners can get more out of learning.

What’s now and next in analytics, AI, and automation

Editor’s note: This executive briefing from the McKinsey Global Institute provides a great primer in these three strands of technological evolution: analytics, AI and automation. Organisations with advanced digital capabilities grow revenue and market share faster than their peers, McKinsey research says.

Research Uncovers C-Suite’s “Surprising” Thought Leadership Consumption Behavior

Editor’s note: Is this research counter-intuitive? It goes to show that some employee cohorts might well have differing media preferences.

Power Causes Brain Damage

Editor’s note: Power can cause us to be less empathetic. Research shows that power has an alarming impact on behaviours. they key here is to stay grounded.

Workplace gender quotas weed out incompetent men and make businesses more efficient, study finds

Editor’s note: The introduction to this article says it all: “Gender quotas increase the competence of organisations by leading to the displacement of mediocre men, a new study has found.”

Interactive Content Fuels Customer Experiences

Editor’s note: Research from the Content Marketing Institute shows that marketers are increasingly using interactive content as a part of their marketing effort. Should L&D be creating this type of content to engage employees in ideas and resources?

2017 Internet Trends — Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers

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Editor’s note: Mary Meeker produces an annual state of the internet report and this year’s has just been published. Well worth a read.

Global Talent Trends 2017

Editor’s note: Research from global consultancy Mercer shows that organisations would like to be agile but their people processes are hindering them from being what the research calls “change agile”.

Becoming influential as an L&D practitioner

Editor’s note: It’s interesting to see the two traits that mark out ‘influential’ L&D professionals. They are: keeping up to date with trends and the latest thinking an turning this insight into practical solutions.

Survey and infographic: L&D Trends on Twitter in 2016

Editor’s note: JollyDeck has analysed hot L&D topics identified by Donald Taylor’s research to see if the trends stack up against what L&D professionals talk about on Twitter. The digested results: L&D loves tech.

Sleep loss ‘starts arguments at work’

Editor’s note: File under ‘factors that influence performance and productivity’. This research does not offer solutions but acts as a reminder that sleep, or lack of it, can be damaging for the workplace.

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).

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.

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.