Inspirus Blog

Compensation for Employee Training Just Got Easier

Posted by Cara Pilgrim

8/30/16 1:05 PM

Learning within the workplace is shifting, and as we mentioned in the previous blog post, allowing employees to have more control of their own learning has a great impact on how engaged they are as well as the knowledge they retain. That is why Inspirus utilizes micro-learning, a type of learning that breaks important information into smaller chunks for users to easily comprehend. The only problem, however, is since micro-learning can be done at any time, even after hours and outside of the workplace, it’s difficult to properly compensate hourly employees without a way to measure the amount of time they spend on e-learning. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), an employee must be compensated for all “hours worked,” including training time. To alleviate this strain, Inspirus is bringing compensation reports into the equation, because keeping track of hours isn’t always as simple as clocking in and clocking out anymore. Now, organizations can get a basis for compensation of training pay and keep up with the amount of time hourly workers spend on micro-learning courses, which in turn, eases the burden for management and increases the accuracy of an employee’s wages.

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Topics: Learning, Employee Engagement, Micro-Learning, Compensation Reports

Micro-Learning: Changing the Way We Learn at Work

Posted by Cara Pilgrim

7/26/16 12:16 PM

“In today’s business environment, learning is an essential tool for engaging employees,
attracting and retaining top talent, and developing long-term leadership for the company.” – Global Human Capital Trends 2016, Deloitte University Press

In a study done by ATD (Association for Talent Development), research shows that companies dedicate approximately 30 hours of training per employee, per year. If you do the math, that boils down to just five minutes a day that is devoted to employee training. This isn’t much time considering learning and development play such a critical role within an organization. So how do we tailor our learning initiatives to fit this new direction in learning?

Technology’s Effect on Learning in the Workplace 

The way we learn at work is shifting, which means we need to shift how we learn. If there are only a few minutes allotted for learning in a day, it is important to take full advantage of the time available. According to ATD, internet and mobile devices are two critical factors of micro-learning. On average, we check our smartphones around 200 times a day, and thanks to technological advancements, we can access any type of information we need with the click of a button—and quickly. The habit of using technology has already been formed, so why not apply this to how we learn? That’s where micro-learning comes in.

“Technology allows us to rapidly deploy content by using micro-learning,” said Wendi Walker-Schmidt, director of engagement solutions-learning at Inspirus. “We should be pushing to use technology that people are already using because it is a habit that’s already been formed.”

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Topics: Casual Learning, Learning, Employee Engagement, Game-Based Approach to Learning, Micro-Learning

Bring Joy to Work, One Experience at a Time

Posted by Cara Pilgrim

7/19/16 10:47 AM

The Inspirus vision statement, “Bring joy to work, one experience at a time,” not only applies to the companies we work with across the globe, but includes our very own employees, too.

Merriam-Webster defines joy as “the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.” Joy is a greater emotion that is harder to obtain, but more meaningful and long-lasting when it is. With the help of perseverance and hard work, joy can make for a cohesive team.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Recognition, Nomination Program

Can You Really Afford to Skip a Safety Incentive Program?

Posted by Charlla Feller-Davis

8/19/14 10:47 AM

My first job out of college was with a small television news station in East Texas. I just happened to be onsite at a chemical plant one morning when a fiery explosion lit up the sky and triggered complete chaos. It’s not surprising that my camera man and I were immediately escorted off the premises by a small team of very large, no-nonsense men.

In the days that followed, we were able to piece together what had happened from the reticent public relations rep. It was a nightmare scenario that no company wants to happen—an unfortunate accident that has played out many more times since that day.

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Topics: Safety Incentive Programs

Can Employee Wellness Programs Cure What Ails Us?

Posted by Charlla Feller-Davis

8/5/14 9:30 AM

For years we’ve been hearing the same beleaguered declaration: The cost of healthcare is going up. It’s an understatement that doesn’t come close to reflecting the magnitude of how much costs are climbing. Experts report costs have increased 274 times since 1950. No other sector of U.S. goods or services has experienced such an unbridled uptick. Today, healthcare costs are growing at a much faster rate than inflation, the economy and wages.

In a world of hard choices, medical costs are a source of stress and worry for nearly everyone. It has left government officials, insurance providers, corporate executives, small business leaders, consumers and the medical community scrambling to find solutions. Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be a magic bullet to cure what ails us, and employers have been left to shoulder enormous responsibility—and financial costs.
Trying to provide employees with the health insurance benefits they have come to expect and rely upon, while complying with all the requirements of the Affordable Care Act is no simple feat. With combined healthcare spending totaling $2.5 trillion—a little more than 17 percent of our nation’s gross domestic product—it’s not surprising that many companies have implemented employee wellness programs in an effort to contain costs.

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Topics: Wellness