Choosing Learning Tech

Posted on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at 4:37 PM    

We've been asked for a glossary, of sorts, of the types of tech functionalities that are available in the market. This infographic outlines the 8 tech functionality categories – both those used to engage employees with their own development, and those that L&D functions use to keep the proverbial trains on the tracks. Let us know what you think!

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Frontline Workers: 7 Practices to Keep Them Engaged & Growing

Posted on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 at 4:51 PM    

Ever wonder what frontline workers think about your performance management practices? As it turns out, there are 7 practices associated with culture that set higher-performing organizations apart from the rest. Check out our infographic.

Our infographic outlines these 7 best practices. Get more details – read the full report, Frontline Workers: Creating a Performance-Driven Culture!

The Makings of Modern PM

Posted on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 at 8:51 PM    

Where are we in the great performance management experiment?

For many years now, organizations have been seriously reconsidering their performance management (PM) processes and implementing significant – and sometimes drastic – changes. Some of these changes, in aggregate, have resulted in new approaches that are much more aligned to the way work really gets done today.

More importantly, though, these changes also reflect a shift in the focus of PM – to a set of practices designed to enable individuals to have more information, gain feedback more quickly, and to engage them more fully in their work, with a goal of enabling higher performance.

Navigating Modern Performance Management

As our research points out, modern PM drives performance and engagement through development and feedback. And so, the real question companies need to ask is this:

What should my organization do to improve the performance and engagement of our employees and the ability of us all to meet our business goals?

We believe the effectiveness of PM practices should be judged on whether those practices drive 3 outcomes – individual performance, organizational performance, and employee engagement. In analyzing our research data, 3 groups of practices (which we call levers) emerged:

  • Culture
  • Capability of managers
  • Clarity

While we have identified certain levers that are more effective for driving performance and engagement, we want to be clear that how these levers show up in different organizations will vary. There is no one “right” set of practices for modern PM – but there are right principles.

In the infographic below, we've highlighted a few of our crucial findings from our research. To learn more, you can also download and read the full report, The Makings of Modern Performance Management.

As always, we would love your feedback. If you have thoughts, please share in the Feedback section to the right!

MPM Infographic

The 4 Levers of Employee Experience

Posted on Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 at 2:04 AM    

In 2019, we conducted an extensive literature review and interviewed progressive employee experience organizations. We have highlighted a few of our crucial findings from our research in this infographic. You can also download the full report here and register to attend our webinar on the topic here. We would like to thank Medallia for sponsoring our research.

As always, we would love your feedback. If you have thoughts, please share in the comments section below!

4 Levers of Employee Experience Infographic

The Teenager of HR Tech: People Analytics Technology Market Overview

Posted on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 at 1:30 PM    

In early 2019, we decided to dive into the world of people analytics technology with the goal of developing a framework that would help practitioners and vendors better understand the market. This people analytics technology study has looked at what challenges the vendors are looking to solve, their growth, and how organizations are using them.

We found that the people analytics technology market is kind of like a teenager. It’s growing up fast and integrating itself across several HR functions, but at the same time, it is unsure of what it wants to be when it grows up or who to serve primarily.

Over the course of past few months, we ran a vendor survey and spoke with over 30 solution providers and their customers to find out about their primary users, what sets them apart and the type of data they use. We have highlighted a few of our crucial findings from our research in this infographic. We would like to thank PAFOW and Insight222 for sponsoring our research.

As always, we would love your feedback. If you have thoughts, please share in the comments section below!

PAT Infographic

Learning Tech Ecosystem: Create it Intentionally

Posted on Thursday, August 29th, 2019 at 4:04 PM    

As it turns out, good learning tech ecosystems don't just happen; they need to be thoughtfully created. We recently interviewed over 30 learning leaders and got the lowdown on their tech ecosystems, their philosophies, and their strategies. Out of those conversations, four major themes emerged.

As always, if you have thoughts, please share in the comments section below!

The D&I Tech Market: What We Know

Posted on Monday, July 22nd, 2019 at 9:04 AM    

In early 2019, we published the results of our comprehensive research effort, Diversity and Inclusion Technology: The Rise of a Transformative Market. To further help you understand this market, we've now summarized our findings in this infographic. We also encourage you to check out our updated interactive D&I tech market tool and read The D&I Technology Market: Update Summer / Fall 2019, which contains some of the newer vendors we've identified since publishing this research. And as always, let us know your thoughts!

Click on the graphic below to see a larger version or to download it.

What We Know About the D&I Tech Market Infographic

Learning Measurement: Turn Your Data Into a Killer Learning Impact Story

Posted on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 at 6:35 PM    

For as long as we have been doing this (and we've been doing it awhile), how L&D functions measure, analyze, and report on their impact is a perennial challenge. The Learning Impact Study, which we began in March of this year, has explored what organizations are doing.

Like all good researchers, we started this study with the hope of finding the silver bullet – the single thing that L&D functions could embrace to solve their challenges. We didn't find it. Learning impact is a notoriously difficult problem that depends on several variables – industry, business goals, learning audience, technology, equipment, culture, and on and on. Each organization has to approach it differently.

What we did find, however, were several really good insights into how thoughtful leaders are addressing this challenge. The following infographic summarizes some of these insights. As always, we would love your thoughts!

Click on the graphic below to see a larger version or to download it.

4 Initial Findings on Women, Networks, and Tech

Posted on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 3:30 PM    

Not surprisingly, organizations are not paying enough attention to how technology affects networks, which in turn, affects the ability of women to advance within organizations. This infographic highlights initial findings from the Women, Networks, and Technology research and provides several hints to organizations looking to level the playing field.

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