Month: March 2022

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Back to the Office: How to Accelerate Your Retraining Programs

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Getting used to post-pandemic changes at the office

A lot has changed since we were all ‘at the office’. As we all return to working at the office (at least some of the time), most of us will return to a new environment, with new ways of working and new policies to follow. This can easily leave staff feeling wrong-footed, and re-training becomes a priority – to ensure that all staff is on the same page.

Re-training is often more challenging than training new recruits because you have ingrained patterns to overcome and re-write. Training sessions also need to require minimal investment, both in terms of budget and time spent. Today we have incredible digital storytelling technologies that can enable faster training programs, with better retention. 

Fully immersive experience rooms are a prime example of these kinds of technologies. Their role in keeping all staff aligned when circumstances change is an important one, and all companies should include these technologies in their training schemes.

How digital storytelling can quickly get new staff up to speed

New recruits today are different. Many of the university graduates entering the workplace today have spent the last few years in virtual lessons and may have never spent time in an office. This is a steep learning curve, and human resources professionals have a duty to help this cohort get comfortable in their new setting as quickly and efficiently as possible. Digital storytelling can help achieve this because it uses the familiar on-screen interaction that the new recruits will know well. 

It also helps the participants to really engage with the training, and it can be personalized to match specific situations. 3D content and virtual training programs can also help to cross ‘the experience gap’ by giving new recruits a more lifelike training experience. This is especially useful when access to those ‘real-life’ training resources or equipment is costly or limited.

Using digital storytelling to re-train existing staff on new methods, safety protocols and policies

The experienced staff brings incredible value to a company, but when circumstances change it can be hard to erase old habits and working methods. Re-training this particular group of employees can be a significant challenge – unless you have a secret weapon up your sleeve. 

Digital storytelling brings something special to training programs because it encapsulates new ideas and methods in a ‘wrapper’ – the story. 

Stories are how our brains process and retrieve complex experiences, and it enables us to pack a lot of data into something that seems entirely natural to us. When we use digital storytelling to re-train existing staff, it helps them to cement their memories better than if they were just told the same information. It’s an experience they can relate to and recall later with incredible clarity.

Experiential learning is the key

What makes digital storytelling especially good for training programs is that it’s a form of experiential learning. Storytellers around the world have known for millennia that stories are compelling because the listener projects themselves into the story, often by resonating with a particular character. As a result, the listener is actually a participant – because they are actively involved with it as an internal experience.

The fact that we experience stories is what makes them so memorable – it’s why mnemonists use narrative structures to memorize large amounts of entirely abstract data (like long strings of numbers, or a series of playing cards). When you deploy your training programs in the form of a digital story, you turn them into a kind of experiential learning. Not only are the participants more involved in the material, they also retain it for longer. In this way, digital storytelling gives people an experience to learn from.

Ways to deploy digital storytelling for (re)training

There are numerous ways that companies can deploy digital storytelling for training programs. It doesn’t take a huge investment – however, a chief value of these storytelling technologies is that they can be used for many different end-purposes. It is quite possible that your company may already have an AV setup that is capable of being used in this way. The key is the digital storytelling software that powers it – if it is powerful enough, it can enable your company to use the same equipment in an infinite number of ways.

The most effective digital storytelling technologies for training are:

Immersive Experiences

These can be fully-immersive rooms that envelop the audience, or a wrap-around screen that fills the visual field (typically 240 – 270°). The effect is that the audience is totally drawn into the experience, and this is further enhanced when these can be interactive. Touch-capable screens mean that participants become architects of their own journey, drawing them in even further.

Individual consoles and interactive signage

Interactive signage can be a versatile way to do training programs. Using an interactive screen, the participant has their own console that they can use to navigate their story. They can make choices that ensure that their training experience is as personalized as possible.

Video walls (interactive)

Without being able to fully enclose the audience in an immersive experience, a large screen or video wall is perhaps the next best thing. Using touch-capable screens will ensure that the training experience is as interactive as it needs to be. Participants can learn from their own choices and actions, as well as vicariously – by watching and learning from the actions of others.

The digital storytelling software that makes it work

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Without digital storytelling software, a screen is just a screen. An immersive experience has very limited value if it cannot be regularly updated and customized to meet current needs. To get your AV setup to deliver real value – and keep delivering it – your digital storytelling software needs to be up to snuff. There are several options out there, ranging from relatively limited software up to enterprise-grade solutions like the Hyro platform.

It’s easy to look at the software component as a secondary concern, but it actually has a critical impact on the success of your digital storytelling enterprise. With a sufficiently capable, enterprise-grade solution, you should be able to easily adapt content without needing to hire a creative agency or specialist to do it for you. When you have the ability to adapt and create freely, your training programs can be rolled-out faster and have more immediate results. It also means that your AV setup has a higher utilization rate because there is a shorter interval between concept and finished storytelling experience. This ensures you keep attaining the best possible results for your team.

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Best Business Blogs 2022

Your business is going to grow. You want innovative and new ideas to read from somewhere. In your industry, you want to become a leader. The blogs below are a good way to collect tips and information to get you to the next level. Here’s a list of our best business blogs to follow in 2021:

1)LifeUpswing

LifeUpswing is a personal finance blog that teaches you how to grow wealth and manage it efficiently, effectively, and ultimately, passively!

2)HRchat Podcast

The HRchat Podcast is a series of interviews with high-profile influencers, leaders, analysts, and those in the HR trenches. The show covers the big issues relating to HR, Leadership, Talent, Diversity and Inclusion, Recruitment, Employee Engagement, Performance, and Company Culture.

The show has 200,000+ downloads and is frequently listed as one of the most popular global podcasts for professionals in Human Resources, Talent, and Leadership (do a Google search for “best HR podcasts” or “popular HR podcasts” to see for yourself and check out testimonials from past guests). Learn more at https://hr-gazette.com/hrchat-podcast/

3)Techbmc

Techbmc is aimed at sharing vital information that can help you in your Career, Job Opportunities, Business Growth, etc.
The website also helps online users with the Best Products and Service Reviews coupled with Trending Technologies, Games & Solutions for the most challenging problems encountered while using most tech products.

4) Business Partner Magazine

The Business Partner Magazine blog is a popular resource for small business owners. Articles provide practical information and guidance for both new aspiring business owners and those that have been in business for some time.

The content gives insights into the mindset and experience of successful business owners helping small business owners to build thriving and profitable businesses.

5) Financer.com

Operating in 26 markets, Financer.com is a global comparison service that simplifies your choices when you need to borrow or save money. We compare personal finance solutions such as loans, saving accounts, credit cards, and more.

6) MeMoreMoney

MeMoreMoney is the place for people looking to make their money work hard. We believe that everyone deserves a lifestyle where they can have fun and live comfortably! We offer simple easy changes that most people can implement to give them more money.

7) Beagle

Beagle helps people find and consolidate their old 401(k)s (believe it or not, $100 Billion 401k were forgotten in the US). Beagle also unlocks your old 401(k)s and IRA so you can access them early to pay off your debt.

8)360Connect

360Connect is an online marketplace connecting buyers with suppliers. We match buyers with suppliers who can provide quotes for their specific business needs. We strive to provide an extraordinary buying experience that encourages smart purchases. 360Connect provides customers with up to 5 reputable suppliers directly without any obligation to buy. To support our clients’ businesses and ensure we have the products and services needed, we work with suppliers from over 30 industries. This includes building & construction, security, office food & beverage, office products, and outsourced services. In other words, we are a one-stop shop for buyers in need of products or services.

9)My Money Chronicles

My Money Chronicles is a website founded by Jason Butler. He discusses side hustles, personal finance & travel. He’s also in the process of eliminating $72,000 worth of debt. Each month, he shares an update.

10) MartechCube

MartechCube is a leading digital publication and a go-to resource for professionals and enterprises for all things related to Marketing technology, Customer Intelligence, and Sales Intelligence. We recognized the need to address technology-related challenges specific to CMO and the marketing department. The crux of MTC’s mission statement is to be the single source destination for marketers in the digital age. We are a publication dedicated solely to the Marketing Technology arena and the individuals who buy, influence, and consume MarTech worldwide.

11)ProjectionHub

ProjectionHub has helped more than 50,000 founders and entrepreneurs to create financial projections so they can raise investment, apply for loans, and plan for expansions/growth. From budget-friendly DIY financial projection tools to high-touch custom consulting with a CPA expert, ProjectionHub has the financial forecasting solutions your business needs.
 

12)The Free Thought Project

The Free Thought Project is a place for people to come together, who don’t necessarily agree on all topics, but who want to see a brighter, freer, and more sustainable future for humanity.