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— by Gauri ReyesLearning developmentUncategorized
Disagreed with a co-worker over the room temperature lately? If yes, did you decide to put on (or remove) an extra layer of clothing and grin and bear it? Or did you engage in a contest of wills for ultimate thermostatic control?
If you’ve dealt with ambient temperature disagreements—either passively or assertively (or aggressively), you’re not alone. Consider these findings from a recent survey conducted by Software Advice, which builds a shortlist of vendors for software buyers, on improving employee morale and productivity through smart climate control:
Interesting. But what does temperature have to do with learning and LMS’s?
Everything comes down to freedom of choice. Allowing people to work with and in the conditions they prefer allows work life—productivity, morale, satisfaction…and learning—to flourish.
Do You Know How Your Employees Like to Learn?
Good question. And even if you do know the answer, that answer might change over time. So just ask people—and ask them often.
The top 3 LMS features requested, according to a recent survey by Software Advice are:
There is no substitute for asking people exactly what they want and expect from their training courses.
Be Creative with Training
Once you’ve determined what your employees want from training, be creative with how—and to whom—you deliver it.
As examples, consider:
Temperature & Learning Preferences
Office temperature studies indicate that employees can have distinct preferences when it comes to thermostat settings. The suggestions from Software Advice on strategies for ending thermostat wars once and for all can also be used as strategies for providing options for workplace learning:
Ponder this: “Do your people have to leave to learn something new [or to feel comfortable]?” The answer will be “No”, if your office environment is accommodating.
How do you accommodate your employees’ preferences to improve productivity and morale?
Gauri Reyes is a talent developer and learning leader with extensive experience in roles ranging from software management to managing the learning function in organizations. She is Principal Learning Strategist and CEO at Triple Point Advisors and Founder of the YOUth LEAD program. Follow her on Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+.
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