Editor’s note: This is an interesting piece on corporate values and culture. This research collected the official corporate values statements for more than 500 large organizations and compared these official values with how employees view their companies on common corporate values based on an analysis of more than 1.2 million Glassdoor reviews. The data shows no correlation between official values and corporate culture.
Editor’s note: This research of 2,065 managers and non-managers (half in the US and half in the UK and Ireland) looked at what makes for successful teamwork. Interacting more frequently seems to have a negative impact on project success. There are lots of other useful insights here.
Editor’s note: Psychologists are trying to identify a science of teamwork. This piece looks at what we know so far as well as further areas for exploration. Don’t forget your ABCs of teamwork: the attitudes, behaviors and cognitive states that collectively influence whether a team achieves its goals!
Editor’s note: Google surveyed 5,000 employees to better understand the impact of distributed work.
The survey measured well-being, performance, and connectedness and provided recommendations on how to ensure that those things remain consistent, even if your team is spread out across the world. The research was carried out pre Covid-19 but there are useful insights here.
Editor’s note: This article outlines the challenges of remote working and how managers can help their team overcome them. There are some interesting ideas in here such as ‘mutual knowledge’ – knowing how a team mate is doing so that communications that might otherwise seem brusque (for example) is seen in the context that person might be having a stressful day.
Editor’s note: Just because more workers are having to work from home doesn’t mean that they way people are treated at work has changed. This research shows how sexism is manifesting itself through remote working.
Editor’s note: In this long read, Donald Clark looks at the history of diversity training, why it doesn’t work and what can be done about it.
Editor’s note: Leadership development tended to be a face to face activity. That ground to a halt overnight. So what now for leadership development? There’s lots to consider . . .
Editor’s note: As L&D goes digital, would it be good to know if elearning is any more effective than classroom delivery? And if so, what makes it more effective? This research report answers these questions.
Editor’s note: The CIPD has produced a webinar series exploring many aspects of the impact of Covid-19 on work. This webinar looks at how L&D is changing as a result of the pandemic. It is worth noting how PwC used data to monitor the demand for resources and how they used those insights to constantly update their resources in a relevant and timely way.
Editor’s note: The recordings from all of this week’s Learning Technologies Summer Forum webinars will be be made available in this hub, so keep your eyes peeled over the next few days. There were some great looking sessions.
Editor’s note: Longitudinal research into the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on mental health shows that, despite the easing of lockdown restrictions, millions of British adults continue to struggle with their mental health. This is a critical consideration as employees start to return to work.
Editor’s note: Organisations don’t do enough to build learning across the organisation itself (versus employee development), says Nigel Paine, who opened this week’s Learning Technologies Summer Forum 2020. Here Nigel shares the main points from his keynote.
Editor’s note: This article presents a counter-argument to the notion that innovation has to start with a problem to be solved and end up with a solution to that problem. The alternative should be to create an organisational system that has a purpose, is motivated to do new and different things and has a process to develop and discard new ideas. As the author says, “Artists don’t solve problems. Neither do real innovators. Did the iPhone start with solving a problem? Did Amazon ? Did Facebook? I don’t think so.”
Editor’s note: In this article, Nigel Paine urges L&D professionals to explore and embrace heutagogy, a theory of self-determined learning in which everyone is both teacher and learner. This type of approach should be a part of L&D, Paine says.