How to Make the Business Case for Learning

Cara Brennan Allamano

Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Udemy

September 20, 2018

As the workplace becomes increasingly digital, stress at work is on the rise. The 24/7 always-on and real-time notifications of...

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September 18, 2018

According to a recent interview from E-Learning Magazine with Josh Bersin, founder of Bersin by Deloitte, the opportunity for L&D,...

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September 13, 2018

Here at Udemy for Business, our mission is to help learners around the world prepare for whatever comes next, whether...

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September 4, 2018

Hiring a new member to your team or business is a significant decision. When you get it right, the benefits...

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September 3, 2018

Whether you’re a full-time learning & development (L&D) professional, a leader responsible for developing your department, or just an advocate...

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Negotiation skills are essential in the modern business world, but negotiating is not something that comes naturally to most people....

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August 30, 2018

Employees have always faced pressure to stay up-to-date with the latest skills, but a new report from McKinsey suggests that...

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August 28, 2018

Over 70 percent of change management efforts fail, according to global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. This is due...

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August 23, 2018

HR, L&D, and People leaders are increasingly expected to show the value of their work and how it impacts the...

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August 21, 2018

Intelligent assistants, chatbots, and voice-enabled devices, like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home, open a whole new world of natural and...

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August 16, 2018

Machines generate a lot of data. A single Linux or Windows server alone generates more logs than anyone has the...

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August 14, 2018

Communication with a customer service professional is often times the only human interaction a customer has with your product or...

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August 9, 2018

Today, in the IT infrastructure world, everyone is talking about Kubernetes—the container platform Google open-sourced in 2014. Kubernetes is the...

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August 7, 2018

We’re constantly looking for ways to ensure behavior change occurs as a result of our learning & development experiences at...

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August 2, 2018

Learning on the job has never been so important. According to Gartner, nearly 40% of employers say they cannot find...

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July 31, 2018

According to a Pew survey, 87 percent of Americans believe it will be necessary to develop new skills throughout their...

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July 25, 2018

Are you looking for ways to breathe life into your employee engagement? Here are some learning and development (L&D) initiatives...

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July 24, 2018

Since Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched AWS Lambda—its disruptive “serverless” architecture in November 2014, we’re witnessing a major IT paradigm...

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July 19, 2018

L&D teams often deal with high expectations and limited resources, and just-in-time learning can help overcome both of these hurdles....

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July 17, 2018

In our era of constant disruption, workplace learning is now a key differentiator between businesses that thrive and those that...

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July 12, 2018

Over the past several years, the landscape has started to shift for Learning & Development (L&D) professionals. Whereas we once...

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July 10, 2018

Augmented reality, or AR, is a powerful tool that can help your team achieve learning goals in a meaningful and...

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July 5, 2018

Each month, Udemy for Business adds ~100 new courses to help your employees prepare for what’s next. Here’s a look...

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June 28, 2018

In today’s knowledge economy, it’s the people who drive the success of a company. Everything centers around the creativity and...

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June 27, 2018

As we continue the relentless march toward efficiency and automation in the workplace, we can’t forget what makes human beings...

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L&D Best Practices

A Human-Centric Approach to L&D

June 25, 2018

The rapidly changing business landscape and constant need for reskilling creates a high bar for learning & development (L&D) leaders....

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June 21, 2018

Advances in technology, data, and business mean that marketing is a fast-paced field that requires constant learning and adaptability and...

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June 19, 2018

New technologies like MATLAB make it easy for engineers, scientists, data scientists, and financial analysts to do complex computer simulation...

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June 14, 2018

My L&D team recently helped our organization undergo a game-changing digital transformation. My company [24]7.ai reinvented our call center customer...

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June 11, 2018

Big, Hairy, Audacious, Goals (BHAGs) are not new territory for startups and tech companies in and around Silicon Valley. The...

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June 7, 2018

As an L&D professional, you’re no stranger to taking on different roles. You may switch between being an educator, mentor,...

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June 5, 2018

Data science jobs didn’t exist just a decade ago, and now they’re the hottest jobs on the market. For the...

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May 31, 2018

Spoiler alert: I love feedback. As an L&D professional, that may sound like a given, but I like to think...

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May 29, 2018

Each month, Udemy for Business adds ~100 new courses to help your employees prepare for what’s next. Here’s a look...

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May 24, 2018

How long do you think it will take for machines to surpass human intelligence? What technologies would be key for...

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May 22, 2018

For many employees, learning at work often occurs through informal learning driven by interactions and conversations with coworkers. In fact,...

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May 17, 2018

Looking to jazz up your company’s L&D program? At Udemy for Business, our Customer Success team is able to partner...

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May 11, 2018

This year, May 14–20 is Learning at Work Week in the UK. While we believe that learning should always be...

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May 10, 2018

Unconscious bias training often focuses on raising awareness, but what’s missing is how employees can take action and change their...

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May 8, 2018

Demand for GraphQL courses on the Udemy platform grew by 39x last year, making it the 5th most popular tech...

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May 3, 2018

Constant change and workforce reskilling are the new norms in the workplace. But how is L&D responding to these new...

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April 30, 2018

According to the Manpower Group, nearly 2/3 of businesses rely on training internal talent to address skills gaps rather than...

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April 26, 2018

We believe that the best learning happens when team managers, or those closest to the learning goals of employees, play...

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April 24, 2018

L&D leaders often struggle to get employees to apply new knowledge on the job. If employees retain and apply only...

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April 19, 2018

Soft skills are on the rise, but which soft skills matter the most? We took a look at what 24+...

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April 17, 2018

We want our people to come to work feeling happy – that’s the ideal, right? However, happiness is just one...

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April 12, 2018

While there’s a lot of fear and uncertainty around automation in the workplace, training your workforce on key automation skills...

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April 10, 2018

If you’ve been hearing a lot about millennials in the workforce lately, there’s a good reason: Millennials have been the...

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April 5, 2018

Flexbox and CSS Grid are the #1 web developer skills in 2018 because these new technologies solve many web design...

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April 3, 2018

With the changes to the corporate tax rate as a result of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of...

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March 29, 2018

Do you have ambitious, talented employees in your organization? That’s great now, but you’d better get ready to lose them....

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March 27, 2018

With the current technical skills gap, we analyzed patterns of 20+ million learners on our Udemy platform.

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March 22, 2018

To help your employees keep up with change, Udemy for Business is constantly adding new courses to our library based...

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March 20, 2018

Virtually everything about the way we work is changing, and we’d like to think it’s for the better. Companies regularly...

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March 15, 2018

Blockchain is on the verge of disrupting all kinds of businesses from traditional finance and real estate companies to startups...

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March 13, 2018

Career development is incredibly challenging in the modern workforce. In fact, 78% of L&D leaders say their top challenge is...

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March 8, 2018

In our era of big data, your IT infrastructure may be taxed by the influx of data from a wide...

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March 6, 2018

There is much discussion about the need for constant reskilling due to rapid technological change and automation. But how can...

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February 28, 2018

Sales reps often get a bad reputation for spamming people with unwanted messages – a mere 24% of cold outreach...

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February 22, 2018

With the rise of automation, we’re on the verge of experiencing the largest job transition since the shift from agriculture...

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February 14, 2018

The rapid pace of technology change is sparking debate on L&D’s role in the reskilling revolution and the increased importance...

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February 7, 2018

Over the past 20 years, project management has grown from an afterthought to become a central part of every business....

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January 30, 2018

Kotlin, a new programming language, has gained an astounding amount of interest among developers in the past two years—especially following...

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January 18, 2018

Last month when I attended Dreamforce, the annual conference of Salesforce, I was completely blown away by the insights shared...

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January 10, 2018

Based on analyzing the kind of skills 24+ million people are learning on Udemy, we can spot hot tech skills...

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January 4, 2018

Where will your company be in 5 years? 5 years may seem like a while away, but a lot is...

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December 19, 2017

We sat down with four Udemy learners across several different roles and industries in the San Francisco Bay Area to...

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December 13, 2017

Companies, particularly fast-growing startups, struggle with the complexity of team dynamics. Humans are complicated. Emotions and personality conflicts disrupt team...

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December 6, 2017

Download our latest report 5 Learning Trends and 5 Predictions for 2018 here. Innovative new technologies are poised to revolutionize...

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November 29, 2017

Research proves that one-off mandatory unconscious bias training has failed to increase diversity and inclusion or decrease bias in the...

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November 28, 2017

91% of learning & development (L&D) leaders would like to implement virtual reality or VR training at their organizations, but...

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November 15, 2017

Boosting employee engagement is a key goal for many learning and development (L&D) teams. But how can L&D leaders gauge...

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November 9, 2017

We always get asked about the best way to motivate employees to learn. Everyone at work is busy running from...

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November 1, 2017

Gender bias continues to persist as an issue in the workplace today, despite our best efforts to address them. In...

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October 24, 2017

Helping people be able to do whatever comes next both personally and professionally is at the heart of our founder,...

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October 18, 2017

Despite employees’ best intentions to learn, time keeps slipping by as they navigate crazy work and personal schedules. In our...

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October 11, 2017

If you ask them, many organizations will readily say they support and encourage learning as a priority–sometimes even as one...

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October 4, 2017

The modern HR mission has shifted to focus on putting people first and employee engagement has become the yardstick of...

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September 28, 2017

Udemy for Business hosted its first People Innovators Summit in San Francisco on Tuesday with a sold-out audience of 250+...

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September 20, 2017

Three years ago, when I first stepped into my Learning & Development role at TBC—a 60-year-old private brand tire marketer—”training”...

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September 13, 2017

Our increasingly digital world produces a constant stream of data that companies can leverage to gain competitive advantage. By extracting...

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September 6, 2017

Let’s face it. Hiring can be tough. The unemployment rate is low – just 4.4% according to the Department of...

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August 30, 2017

With diversity and inclusion at the top of everyone’s minds this month, we’ve curated 5 new reads to help you...

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August 29, 2017

If you had two job options – one with more money, and one with better learning and development (L&D) opportunities,...

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August 23, 2017

Learning and Development (L&D) can help a company become more agile. Organizations with strong cultures of leadership and learning outperform...

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August 16, 2017

Gamification is the latest shiny new toy on the block for boosting learning engagement and knowledge transfer at work. If...

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August 15, 2017

What are the two most critical skills in today’s workforce? 1) An appetite for learning; and 2) the ability to...

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August 9, 2017

Product managers play an increasingly critical role at tech companies, but good ones are hard to find. The good news...

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August 2, 2017

Every year more than 25% of the working population moves to a new company. But unfortunately, not all these transitions...

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July 26, 2017

For this month’s L&D roundup, I’ve picked some interesting reads that stood out—the latest data trends on Millennials and engagement,...

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July 20, 2017

As Millennials managers move up the ranks, they are poised to change the face of the corporate world. According to...

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July 12, 2017

Although many ambitious employees focus on developing their technical skills in their quest for career growth, the reality is, to...

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June 28, 2017

Growth is part of life at a tech startup, however, how it’s managed makes a big difference. Over the past...

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June 22, 2017

U.S. factories are in trouble, and it’s not because of offshoring or robots. It’s due to a manufacturing skills gap...

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June 14, 2017

It’s an exciting time to be in learning and development (L&D) where disruption and innovation are the name of the...

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June 7, 2017

Companies are struggling with a widening tech skills gap, particularly in computer programming skills. In a 2017 Career Advisory Board...

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June 6, 2017

These are tense times for American workers. People are stressed about politics, personal finances, and family responsibilities, and it’s near-impossible...

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May 31, 2017

In a recent survey, managers were asked to identify the biggest skills gap individuals face between college and the workplace....

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May 26, 2017

There are a couple of things that all employees and employers have to learn to live with: no one is...

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May 23, 2017

Recent high-profile security breaches like the WannaCry ransomware attack on May 12 have put cyber security at the top of...

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May 17, 2017

As businesses respond to a rapidly evolving technology landscape, agile learning has become critical for organizations that want to survive...

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May 11, 2017

In the world of corporate training, you commonly find “Interpersonal Skills” or “Negotiation” courses that hit the same rudimentary points...

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May 10, 2017

Recent surveys show that Millennials (age 24-35) and the new Generation Z (age 18-23) care more about career development than...

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May 3, 2017

While technical skills shortages are well known in the workforce, companies are also experiencing a gap in soft skills like...

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April 28, 2017

Exciting new research in both neuroscience and cognitive science reveals how people’s brains actually learn—enabling L&D professionals to apply the...

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April 18, 2017

“Great employees are the foundation of great companies.” This statement, which happens to be our first core value at Entelo,...

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April 13, 2017

What does a workplace culture that truly develops people look like? At a recent Chief Learning Officer (CLO) Conference in...

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April 5, 2017

Laura Goodrich, Udemy for Business instructor, outlines 3 ways to create a change mindset in your organization.

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March 29, 2017

We hosted a People Innovators event in San Francisco last Thursday on Addressing Unconscious Bias through Learning.

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March 21, 2017

When I think of my own career in marketing, relying on formal undergraduate and post-graduate education to sustain me in...

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March 17, 2017

Over the last few years at Citi, we’ve been on a journey to reinvent workplace learning. New technologies are reshaping...

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March 15, 2017

In today’s world with new technologies outpacing skills every 3-5 months, it’s time to take a good look at your...

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March 3, 2017

70 percent of CEOs feel their organization doesn’t have the skills to adapt to disruptive technologies, according to the latest...

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February 27, 2017

Companies must pay attention to new research that supports developing the human traits that cannot be replaced with technology.

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February 15, 2017

We live in a time when everything is changing: the nature of work, the rise of technology, and a leveling...

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February 1, 2017

The FiveStars mission is to turn every transaction into a relationship for our merchants. We decided to take the same...

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January 26, 2017

Just like computers and smartphones transformed today’s workplace, the next wave of predictive analytics and machine learning is drastically altering...

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January 25, 2017

In order to reshape corporate learning at Valin, we’ve created a flipped and blended learning program for our 200+ employees.

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January 17, 2017

I had the opportunity to attend the Association for Talent Development (ATD)’s TechKnowledge Reimagine Learning conference in Las Vegas last...

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January 11, 2017

What are proven marketing tactics that learning & development (L&D) professionals can apply to their field? This question is asked...

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January 10, 2017

Imagine a future workplace where new recruits are virtually touring your corporate campus and meeting avatars of your team, employees...

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January 4, 2017

I was hired at Fleetmatics to transform HR from an administrative function into a “grown-up” strategic role. Fleetmatics, a SaaS...

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January 3, 2017

Human Resources and Learning & Development (L&D) professionals are taking on elevated roles and winning new seats at the C-Suite table.

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December 19, 2016

Asking the question of whether or not your company should offer engaging learning opportunities is a waste of bated breath....

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December 13, 2016

When I joined BuzzFeed 4 years ago, we had roughly 150 employees. We’ve grown to nearly 1,500 employees and although...

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December 12, 2016

How do people today learn at work? When and where is the best time and who is learning what?

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December 8, 2016

Three key trends are converging and giving rise to the importance of L&D in the business world.

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