Training Industry Magazine - Fall 2015 - (Page 41)

HOW IMPROVISATION CAN DRIVE EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT by Doug Hutton Amid all the buzzwords, rallying cries and trends that we encounter daily in the learning and training space - including the war for talent, the challenge of millennials, and gamification galore - one stands alone as the center of gravity: employee engagement. And if you haven't heard, the alarm bells have a consistent ring: Engagement scores are flat or down in most surveys and tracking. Aon's 2015 Trends in Employee Engagement shows a 28 percent reduction in the employee work experience, led by a 6 percent decline in employers' perceived people focus. Additionally, the Employee Engagement Trends Report from Quantum Workplace indicates that global employee engagement is just as low today as it was during the 2008 recession, and not predicted to hit pre-recession highs for another 6 years. What's more, 87 percent of business executives in Deloitte's 2015 Global Human Capital Trends survey cite employee engagement as a top challenge, yet 34 percent of companies have an outdated or no engagement strategy at all. For a concept theoretically at the center of the HR strategy at many organizations, the data suggests more lip service than we care to admit. Employees are wondering what's really in it for them. True engagement results from personal development that opens career paths and explicitly ties employees' day-to-day work to those development objectives. Unfortunately, an out-of-thebox learning and training program does not meaningfully engage employees with differentiated experiences that teach essential skills. T R A I N I N G I N DUSTR Y MA GAZ INE - FALL201 5 I WWW.TRAININGINDU S T RY . C OM/ MAGAZ I NE 41

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Training Industry Magazine - Fall 2015

Delivery: Is This Where Technology Changes the Game?
Table of Contents
Guest Editor: The Pendulums Swing
Access Trumps Knowledge: Changes for Training Delivery
Hardwired to Learn
Using a Blended Approach When Crafting a Training Delivery Strategy
Planning, Developing and Implementing Serious Games
Let's Get Serious about Live, Instructor-led Training
Just What Employees Ordered: Personalized Adaptive Learning
Training with Pictures, Not Bullet Points
Anti-Social Learning?
Using Microlearning and Information Design to Elevate Soft Skills Training
How Improvisation Can Drive Employee Engagement
Accelerating Expertise with Simulations
Technology and Trends Driving the China Training Market
Helping Buyers of Training Services Become More Savvy
Are Bad Communication Habits Holding You Back?
Measuring the ROI of Social Media within Your Organization
Closing Deals
Company News
What's Online
Training Talk

Training Industry Magazine - Fall 2015